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Bolivar County is a county located in the Mississippi Delta region of the U.S. state of Mississippimarker. As of 2000, the population was 40,633. It is named in honor of Simón Bolívar, leader of the liberation of several South American countries from Spainmarker in the early 19th century. Its county seats are Rosedalemarker and Clevelandmarker .

The Cleveland Micropolitan Statistical Area includes all of Bolivar County.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 906 square miles (2,346 km²), of which, 876 square miles (2,270 km²) of it is land and 29 square miles (76 km²) of it (3.25%) is water.

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Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 40,633 people, 13,776 households, and 9,725 families residing in the county. The population density was 46 people per square mile (18/km²). There were 14,939 housing units at an average density of 17 per square mile (7/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 33.24% White, 65.11% Black or African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.49% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.48% from other races, and 0.56% from two or more races. 1.17% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

By 2005 the county had a population that was 32.6% non-Hispanic white. African-Americans made up 65.7% of the county population. The only other census identified group over on e percent was Latinos who constituted 1.2% of the population.

There were 13,776 households out of which 35.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.20% were married couples living together, 27.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.40% were non-families. 25.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.79 and the average family size was 3.36.

In the county the population was spread out with 29.60% under the age of 18, 14.00% from 18 to 24, 25.70% from 25 to 44, 19.60% from 45 to 64, and 11.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 87.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $23,428, and the median income for a family was $27,301. Males had a median income of $27,643 versus $20,774 for females. The per capita income for the county was $12,088. About 27.90% of families and 33.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 43.90% of those under age 18 and 27.90% of those age 65 or over.

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