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The 2000 Census showed that Bolivar County had a population of 40,633 people. This represented 1.43% of the total population of Mississippi, making it the state's 17th most populous county (out of 82 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Bolivar had a population of 36,766 people. This is a decrease of 9.52% since the 2000 Census.

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
201034,145-15.97%-7.13% since 2009
200936,766-9.52%-0.62% since 2008
200836,997-8.95%-1.04% since 2007
200737,384-8%-0.61% since 2006
200637,614-7.43%+0.13% since 2005
200537,567-7.55%-1.81% since 2004
200438,260-5.84%-1.45% since 2003
200338,824-4.45%-0.98% since 2002
200239,207-3.51%-2.13% since 2001
200140,062-1.41%-1.41% since 2000
200040,633The Last Census

Bolivar County had 14,939 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Bolivar County has a total area<3> of 905 square miles [2,345 km²]. Of this total, 876 square miles [2,269 km²] of the area is land, with the balance (3.25%) being water (29.47 square miles [76.3 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Bolivar County had a population density of 46.37 people per square mile [17.9 people/km²], making it the state's 40th most densely populated county (out of 82 counties).

US Census QuickFacts

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information that are called QuickFacts. A QuickFact that is specific to Bolivar County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Bolivar and the state of Mississippi.

Click here for the Bolivar County QuickFact (QF-28011).

Below are some of the communities that are located in Bolivar County:

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in

Below are the counties that adjoin and form the boundaries of Bolivar County. A link to their specific Census QuickFact has been provided.

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
Desha (AR)QF-05041   W13,35815,341-12.93%
CoahomaQF-28027   NE26,93630,622-12.04%
SunflowerQF-28133   SE29,61034,369-13.85%
WashingtonQF-28151   S54,61662,977-13.28%

The Mississippi River runs along the western border of the county.

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Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Bolivar. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements.

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<4>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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