Bolivar, TN
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Bolivar is a somewhat small city located in the state of Tennessee. With a population of 5,093 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Bolivar is the 114th largest community in Tennessee.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Bolivar is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Bolivar is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Bolivar who work in office and administrative support (14.35%), teaching (11.82%), and food service (8.44%).

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 17.70 minutes getting to work every day.

As is often the case in a small city, Bolivar doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.

In Bolivar, just 11.96% of people have at least a bachelor's degree, which is quite a bit lower than the national average for cities and towns of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Bolivar in 2010 was $16,774, which is lower middle income relative to Tennessee, and low income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $67,096 for a family of four. However, Bolivar contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Bolivar also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 35.01% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Bolivar is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Bolivar home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Bolivar residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Bolivar include Irish, German, English, and Italian.

The most common language spoken in Bolivar is English. Other important languages spoken here include Other Asian languages and Spanish.

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