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Bolivar ( ) is a town in Jefferson Countymarker in the U.S. state of West Virginiamarker'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 Assemblymarker 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, 1783December 17, 1830).

Geography

Bolivar is located at (39.324119, -77.751517) . It is contiguous with, and immediately up-hill from, the famous historic town Harpers Ferrymarker

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

Demographics

As of the census 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.

In the town the population was spread out with 20.8% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 30.0% from 25 to 44, 25.0% from 45 to 64, and 16.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 90.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $42,375, and the median income for a family was $47,375. Males had a median income of $36,667 versus $25,500 for females. The per capita income for the town was $20,969. About 8.1% of families and 12.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.3% of those under age 18 and 16.4% of those age 65 or over.

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