Bolivar, Tennessee

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Bolivar is a city in Hardeman County, Tennessee, in the United States. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 5,802. It is the county seat of Hardeman County[3]. The town was named for South American revolutionary leader Simón Bolívar, but is pronounced to rhyme with the name Oliver. [1]

Bolivar is served by William L. Whitehurst Field.



Bolivar is located at 35°15′48″N 89°0′20″W / 35.26333°N 89.00556°W / 35.26333; -89.00556 (35.263307, -89.005491)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.5 square miles (22.0 km²), of which, 8.5 square miles (22.0 km²) of it is land and 0.12% is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 5,802 people, 2,161 households, and 1,462 families residing in the city. The population density was 684.4 people per square mile (264.2/km²). There were 2,352 housing units at an average density of 277.4/sq mi (107.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 42.33% White, 56.39% African American, 0.07% Native American, 0.50% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.07% from other races, and 0.62% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.60% of the population.

There were 2,161 households out of which 31.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.0% were married couples living together, 24.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.3% were non-families. 30.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 3.03.

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