B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    B-
  5. Good for Families
    B-
  6. Diversity
    B-
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    A-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    C+
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$109,000
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$657
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    59%
  • Own
    41%

Bolivar Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    499
    0
  • Murder
    0
    0
  • Rape
    56
    41
  • Robbery
    66
    0
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    865
    1
  • Theft
    4,196
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    245
    0

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$37,575
National
$53,889
Children
16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    11%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    13%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    32%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    33%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    11%
    13%
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Bolivar Reviews

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As I have been a resident of Bolivar my entire life, I have had different views on the area throughout my life. While at some points while growing up I wanted out of this town so badly I could taste it, but as I have grown older I realize what a special thing it is to live in this community. Bolivar is not a large city by any means which has allowed me to have contact and relationships with almost everyone in my graduating class. We are a close-knit community and rarely can you go somewhere without seeing someone you have a relationship with. This closeness, while some view it as irritating and overbearing, has allowed me to be influenced by so many people. I personally know many of the local business owners and have been given so many opportunities to flourish and thrive because of this. As a member of my girl scouts troupe we have done many outreach opportunities in our community which has allowed me to give back to the town that has inspired me so much! I have been shaped, tested, and molded by so many who make up this great town; it has given me a sense of community and diversity all at the same time.
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I have lived in Bolivar since I was born. I have not been very keen to this small town. The people here are very religious and if you don't fit their religious standards you are automatically lower than everybody else in the town. The location though is 30 minutes from Springfield, a big city in Missouri, which is a plus. The drug use in Bolivar is very high, especially in the inner parts of the city.
I do feel very safe in our town however there have been issues, especially around the campus. There have been fueds between our local college and the young adults of the town but it has progressively gotten better and there have been many things changed.