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 sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Bolivar who work in office and administrative support (14.65%), teaching (8.97%), and sales jobs (8.20%).

Being a small city, Bolivar does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.

The rate of college-level education in Bolivar is quite a bit lower than the national average among all cities of 21.84%: just 10.71% of people here over 25 have a bachelor's degree or an advanced degree.

The per capita income in Bolivar in 2010 was $16,742, 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 $66,968 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 36.87% 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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