Introduction to Bolivar, Missouri

Bolivar, Missouri, in Polk county, is located 28 miles N of Springfield, Missouri (center to center) and is 120 miles SE of Kansas City, Missouri. Approximately 9,143 people reside in Bolivar.

Bolivar History

The original settlers of this area migrated from Bolivar, which is located in southwestern Tennessee. According to some sources, the city was named after the place in Tennessee, while other sources state that Bolivar was named in honor of General Simon Bolivar, the South American historical figure who was better known as El Libertador. Bolivar became a city in 1835 and is the county seat of Polk County, Missouri.

Bolivar and nearby Attractions

  • Dunnegan Park
  • Polk County Museum
  • Dunnegan Gallery of Art
  • First Baptist Church

Things To Do In Bolivar

Dunnegan Park and Newhart Park are popular for the kind of recreational facilities they offer. There are many beautiful churches in Bolivar that are worth paying a visit to including the First Baptist Church, United Methodist Church, and St Alban's Episcopal Church. History lovers should visit the Polk County Museum which offers a host of information about the local culture and history. Dunnegan Gallery of Art is another popular tourist attraction. The Polar Bear Run, and the Beat the Heat Run are organized in the city of Bolivar every year.

Bolivar Transportation

Springfield-Branson Regional Airport is nearby.

Bolivar Higher Education

The Southwest Baptist University is located in Bolivar. Among the other higher education institutes near Bolivar include Ozarks Technical Community College, Drury University, Missouri Southern State College, and Southwest Missouri State University.


Total Population 10,507
Male Share of the Population 48%
Female Share of the Population 52%
Senior Citizens 17%
Employed Population 16+ 4,585
Age of the Population 33


% of people married 41.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 24.3%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $48,011
% Above Poverty Level 78.5%
% Below Poverty Level 21.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 17 minutes
% Working from Home 2.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 9.5%
% Using Public Transportation 0.2%


People Living Alone 32.3%
Median Gross Rent $657
Median House Value $109,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 21.9%
US/American 0%
English 11.7%
Irish 9.1%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Bolivar Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 28 miles N of Springfield, Missouri (center to center)
Nearest Large City 120 miles SE of Kansas City, Missouri
County Polk
Standard Zip Codes 65613, 65727
Phone Area Codes 417
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.614
Longitude -93.41

Bolivar Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station BOLIVAR 1 NE
Distance 1.5 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 40 F
Apr Temp 44 to 67 F
Jul Temp 68 to 89 F
Oct Temp 45 to 70 F
Annual Precip 45.4 inches
Station BUFFALO 3 S
Distance 17 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 40 F
Apr Temp 42 to 66 F
Jul Temp 66 to 88 F
Oct Temp 45 to 69 F
Annual Precip 43.5 inches
Station LEBANON 2 W
Distance 39.2 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 41 F
Apr Temp 44 to 68 F
Jul Temp 67 to 89 F
Oct Temp 46 to 70 F
Annual Precip 42.5 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Bolivar, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Polk (65727)

Slagle (65613)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Fair Play 480 $28,889
Flemington 116 $37,188
Humansville 1,140 $27,083

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Bolivar Public Libraries

Polk County Library
Bolivar, Missouri
(417) 326-4531

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Bolivar Hospitals

(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
(417) 326-6000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Serves 737 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.7

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Student/teacher ratio: 11.5

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