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Overview

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.

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population10,592
Male Share of the Population48%
Female Share of the Population52%
Senior Citizens17.6%
Employed Population 16+4,702
Age of the Population29

Families

% of people married38.3%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher23.6%
Median Earnings25+$25,899
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$19,738
Median Earnings With High School Degree$22,818

Wealth

Median Family Income$48,250
% Above Poverty Level79.1%
% Below Poverty Level20.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time17 minutes
% Working from Home3.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work8.6%
% Using Public Transportation0.3%

Housing

People Living Alone33.8%
Median Gross Rent$663
Median House Value$114,400

Ancestry

German25.9%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)23.6%
English11.3%
Irish10%
Italian3.1%
French Except Basque3%
Swedish1.8%
Polish1.7%
Czech1.6%
Dutch1.6%
Scottish1.2%
Danishn1%
Norwegian0.5%
Welsh0.5%
West Indian0.4%
Canadian0.3%
Greek0.2%
Austrian0.1%
Bulgarian0.1%
Swiss0.1%
Russian0.1%
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Bolivar Almanac

CategoryValue
County Polk County
Standard Zip Codes65613, 65727
Phone Area Codes417
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude37.6
Approximate Longitude-93.41

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)

StationBOLIVAR 1 NE
Distance1.5 miles
Jan Temp20 to 40 F
Apr Temp44 to 67 F
Jul Temp68 to 89 F
Oct Temp45 to 70 F
Annual Precip45.4 inches
StationBUFFALO 3 S
Distance17 miles
Jan Temp19 to 40 F
Apr Temp42 to 66 F
Jul Temp66 to 88 F
Oct Temp45 to 69 F
Annual Precip43.5 inches
StationLEBANON 2 W
Distance39.2 miles
Jan Temp22 to 41 F
Apr Temp44 to 68 F
Jul Temp67 to 89 F
Oct Temp46 to 70 F
Annual Precip42.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Fair Play449$28,750
Flemington100$36,667
Humansville1,064$30,417
Morrisville341$41,875
Pleasant Hope590$46,500
Walnut Grove640$45,125

Bolivar Public Libraries

Polk County Library
1690 W BROADWAY ST
Bolivar, Missouri
(417) 326-4531

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Bolivar Hospitals

Citizens Memorial Hospital
(Government - District/authority)
1500 North Oakland Ave
(417) 328-6501

Bolivar Public Schools

Bolivar High
1401 N Hwy D
ZIP: 65613
(417) 326-5228
High
Total Enrollment 919
Bolivar Intermediate Sch.
1300 N Hartford
ZIP: 65613
(417) 777-5160
Primary
Total Enrollment 595
Bolivar Middle
604 W Jackson
ZIP: 65613
(417) 326-3811
Middle
Total Enrollment 608
Bolivar Primary
706 N Leonard Pl
ZIP: 65613
(417) 326-5247
Primary
Total Enrollment 703
Exceptional Pupil Coop
1510 E Broadway
ZIP: 65613
(417) 326-6284
Other
Total Enrollment 5

Bolivar Private Schools

Polk County Christian School
2490 Tower Dr
ZIP: 65613
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 70
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