Situated along the Highway 13 corridor only 30 minutes north of Springfield and around 140 miles and 2 hours from Kansas City, Bolivar is positioned to be the perfect place to expand or start your business with a business-friendly atmosphere, including incentives for qualifying businesses.

The town of Bolivar boasts assets that make it a prime location for any business. Recognized as a Certified  Work Ready Community, Bolivar is able to offer a skilled workforce with opportunities for growth for future industry and business owners. Adjacent to major highway MO-13 is Bolivar Business Park, a Missouri Certified Site of nearly 70 acres ready for industrial use. And when it’s time to enjoy life outside office, locals enjoy time sailing and crappie or bass fishing on two recreational lakes, Stockton Lake and Lake Pomme de Terre, which are both located within 30 minutes away.

Bolivar is home to Southwest Baptist University, a four-year liberal arts university that offers up to 80 degree programs, including an MBA, Doctor of Physical Therapy and Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and a Master of Science in Nursing. Bolivar Technical College also offers healthcare-related programs, including an LPN and RN.

Bolivar’s healthcare community includes Mercy Multispecialty Clinic, which opened in Fall 2019, and Citizens Memorial Hospital and Citizens Memorial Healthcare Foundation, which is a fully integrated healthcare system that serves eight counties in southwest Missouri. CMH’s hospital and long-term care facilities have received national recognition in excellence and innovation.


Learn more about the City of Bolivar, Missouri here.

Bolivar’s Data

11,038 (City of Bolivar)
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, July 2018

Current Unemployment Rate
3.2% (Polk County)
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Oct. 2019

Current Total Workforce
236,207 (Springfield MSA)
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Oct. 2019

Top Employers



Citizen Memorial Hospital 1,500
Bolivar R-1 School System 350
Southwest Baptist University 345
Walmart 325
Duck Creek Technologies 200
Tracker/White River Marine 190
City of Bolivar 163
Woods Supermarket 129
Polk County 82
Southwest Electric Coop 80

Bolivar Public Schools

Bolivar R-1

  • Pre-K through 12 Enrollment: 2,823
  • Graduation rate: 92.2%

Southwest Baptist University

  • Total undergraduate enrollment: 1,379
  • Total graduate enrollment: 693

Bolivar Technical College

  • 100% NCLEX pass rate for nursing students


The City of Bolivar provides city water and sewer to its residents, and has extended its reach south of Hwy. 13 to Karlin Acres and Prairie Heights Subdivisions. Treated with chlorine and fluoride, the city’s water supply is provided by five wells with a capacity of 4.5 MGD. The wells pump 400-700 gallons of water per minute. On an average day, they pump 1.5 MGD. The wastewater treatment plant can handle up to 2.5 MGD, with an average of 1 million gallons per day. City of Bolivar: 417-326-2489.

Liberty Utilities – Empire District and Southwest Electric Cooperative provide electric services to Bolivar’s residents. Liberty Utilities. 800-206-2300. Southwest Electric Cooperative, 800-262-0326.

There are three local providers of propane gas:  Amerigas (Titan Propane), 824 S. Springfield Ave., 417-326-4305. Doke Propane, 206 N. Springfield Ave., 417-326-6111. Priority Propane, 4300 Scenic Ave.; 417-777-3090.


Windstream offers fiber optic Internet access with speeds from 100 Mbps up to 1 Gbps. Windstream Communications Inc., 800-501-1574.