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Overview

Introduction to Bolivar, Tennessee

Bolivar, Tennessee, in Hardeman county, is 26 miles S of Jackson, Tennessee and 60 miles E of Memphis, Tennessee. About 5,802 people live in Bolivar.

Bolivar History

Bolivar is the county seat of Hardeman County. The area was named in honor of Simon Bolivar, who was a revolutionary leader from South America. Early settlers came to Hardeman County in 1819 and 1820. Bolivar became the county seat of Hardeman County in 1825.

Bolivar and nearby Attractions

  • Alex Haley Home and Museum
  • Shiloh National Military Park
  • Pinson Mounds State Archaeological Park
  • Chickasaw State Park
  • Ames Plantation
  • Big Hill Pond State Park

Things To Do In Bolivar

Hardeman County Golf and Country Club and the Deer Creek Golf Club are the popular local golf courses . Churches in the area include Bolivar Methodist Church, Springfield Baptist Church and the Bolivar Church of Christ. The Big Hill Pond State Park and the Shiloh National Military Park offer facilities for recreation. The Hardeman County Forest Festival, held every September, and the Hardeman County Fair, held every August, are the local annual celebrations.

Bolivar Transportation

Memphis International is the nearest major airport.

Bolivar Higher Education

Higher education can be pursued at Jackson State Community College, Northeast Mississippi Community College and Union University.

People

Total Population 5,219
Male Share of the Population 43.5%
Female Share of the Population 56.5%
Senior Citizens 16.9%
Employed Population 16+ 1,533
Age of the Population 41

Families

% of people married 37.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 12%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $42,000
% Above Poverty Level 65%
% Below Poverty Level 35%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 17 minutes
% Working from Home 3.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.8%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 28.9%
Median Gross Rent $622
Median House Value $86,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 27%
US/American 0.2%
English 2.2%
Irish 5.6%

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

Bolivar Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 26 miles S of Jackson, Tennessee (center to center)
Nearest Large City 60 miles E of Memphis, Tennessee
County Hardeman
Standard Zip Codes 38008, 38074
Phone Area Codes 731
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.256
Longitude -88.987

Bolivar Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station BOLIVAR WATERWORKS
Distance 0.8 miles
Jan Temp 27 to 47 F
Apr Temp 48 to 71 F
Jul Temp 69 to 90 F
Oct Temp 47 to 73 F
Annual Precip 55 inches
Station SELMER
Distance 22.8 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 47 F
Apr Temp 46 to 72 F
Jul Temp 67 to 90 F
Oct Temp 46 to 74 F
Annual Precip 57.4 inches
Station JACKSON MCKELLAR-SPES AP
Distance 24.1 miles
Jan Temp 29 to 47 F
Apr Temp 49 to 72 F
Jul Temp 70 to 91 F
Oct Temp 49 to 73 F
Annual Precip 54.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Hickory Valley 211 $0
Hornsby 309 $45,000
Medon 238 $54,688
Middleton 647 $42,313
Toone 443 $41,406
Whiteville 4,568 $29,732

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

Bolivar Public Libraries

Library
Bolivar Hardeman County Library
213 NORTH WASINGTON ST.
Bolivar, Tennessee
(901) 658-3436

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Bolivar Hospitals

BOLIVAR GENERAL HOSPITAL
(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
650 NUCKOLLS ROAD
(731) 658-3100
Emergency Service: Yes

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Bolivar High Schools

CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL
313 HARRIS ST
731-658-3151
Serves 907 students.

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