Bolivar, West Virginia

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Bolivar (pronounced /ˈbɒlɨvər/ BOL-li-vər) is a town in Jefferson County in the U.S. state of West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle. The population was 1,045 at the 2000 census. Originally known as Mudfort, Bolivar was granted a charter as a town by the Virginia General Assembly in December 1825. Upon petitioning the Assembly for a town charter, the citizens of Mudfort chose to name their town for the South American revolutionary leader, Simón Bolívar (July 24, 1783 – December 17, 1830).



Bolivar is located at 39°19′27″N 77°45′5″W / 39.32417°N 77.75139°W / 39.32417; -77.75139 (39.324119, -77.751517)[3]. It is contiguous with, and immediately up-hill from, the famous historic town Harpers Ferry

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.3 km² (0.5 mi²), all land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,045 people, 479 households, and 274 families residing in the town. The population density was 823.4/km² (2,141.1/mi²). There were 519 housing units at an average density of 409.0/km² (1,063.4/mi²). The racial makeup of the town was 91.10% White, 5.36% African American, 0.67% Native American, 0.48% Asian, 0.19% Pacific Islander, 0.48% from other races, and 1.72% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.63% of the population.

There were 479 households out of which 23.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.6% were married couples living together, 10.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.6% were non-families. 35.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.18 and the average family size was 2.83.

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