Situated along the Highway 13 corridor only 30 miles and nearly 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.

We are pleased to have the Bolivar Business Park, our industrial park, which is a Missouri Certified Site, as well as recognition as a Certified Work Ready Community, offering a skilled workforce with opportunities for growth.

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 health-related programs, including an LPN and RN.

Bolivar’s healthcare community includes Mercy Multispecialty Clinic, set to open 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.


More info on the City of Bolivar, Missouri coming soon.

Bolivar’s Data

Population | 11,038 (City of Bolivar)
Current Unemployment Rate | 4.09% (Polk County)
Current Total Workforce | 231,220 (Springfield MSA)

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.