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General

Climate

  • Temperature (normal daily average): January 40°F, July 80°F
  • Annual Average Rainfall: 45 inches
  • Average Snowfall: 15.7 inches
  • Elevation: 1092′ MSL (mean sea level)

Average Wage

  • Polk County Hourly: $14.46 (2011)
  • Polk County Annually: $30,080 (2011)

Cost of Living Index: 89.579% (2nd quarter 2012)

Cost of Housing in Polk County (2010)

  • Average Value of Housing: $106,774
  • Average Gross Monthly Rent: $573

Bolivar New Housing Starts (2011)

  • Single Dwellings: 41
  • Duplexes: 0
  • Multi-unit Apartments: 0
  • Total New Housing: 41

Building Permits in Bolivar (2011)

  • Commercial-New/Renovation: 30
  • Residential-New/Renovation: 40
  • Total Cost of Commercial Permits: $10,958,902
  • Total Cost of Residential Permits: $4,816,200

Quality of Living

Hotels/Lodging

  • Number of Motels: 3
  • Total Number of Rooms: 240

Banquets/Meeting Facilities

  • Number of Conference Centers: 2
  • Capacity of Largest Conference Center: 300
  • Facilities Available for Meetings: 6
  • For additional information contact Bolivar Chamber of Commerce at 417-326-4118

Health Facilities

  • 911 Emergency Services
  • Citizens Memorial Hospital – accredited 76 bed acute care facility
  • Family Clinics
  • Assisted Living Facility
  • Nursing Home
  • Senior Housing
  • Sports Medicine Center
  • Cardiac Care
  • Oncology Services
  • Hospice
  • Home Health Care
  • Dentists
  • Optometrists
  • Surgical Eye Care
  • Physicians
  • Women’s Center
  • Counseling Services

Financial Institutions

  • Number of Banks: 6
  • Combined Assets: $800+ million

Religious Institutions

  • Protestant: 22
  • Catholic: 1
  • Other: 1

Labor: 2009 Annual Averages

Workforce

  • Civilian Labor Force: 14,163
  • Employment: 12,968
  • Manufacturing Employment: 358
  • Weekly Average Wage: $489
  • Non-manufacturing Employment: 5,098
  • Weekly Average Wage: $480

Unemployment

  • Number Unemployed: 1,195
  • Unemployment Rate: 8.4%

Source: MO Dept. of Economic Development

Agriculture

University of MO Outreach and Extension Office: 417-326-4916

Polk County

  • 1st in Hay Production with 90,970 acres
  • 2nd in Forage Production with 91,702 acres
  • 9th in Horses and Ponies with 2,736 head
  • 1st in Cattle and Calves with 109,365 head
  • 9th in Turkeys with 353,954 head
  • Total value of agricultural products sold: $80,433,000
  • Total value of livestock, poultry, and their products: $74,379,000

 

Economic Development

City of Bolivar and Polk County 

  • Contact: Tracy Slagle
  • 417-326-2489

Bolivar Industrial Development Authority

  • Contact: Matt Hovey
  • 417-326-2489

Chamber of Commerce

  • Contact: Diana Leslie, Executive Director
  • 417-326-4118

Communications

  • Windstream Communications – 100% digital facilities, provides phone, cable, internet, and satellite services
  • Bolivar Herald-Free Press – twice weekly publications
  • Local Life – free monthly publication printed locally
  • KYOO AM 1200/FM 99.1 broadcasts from Bolivar
  • Television viewers receive five off-air channels; 282 channels available by cable TV and satellite
  • Internet Service: 1 local company, Microcore; 1 regional provider, Windstream
  • Post Office classification: 1st Class, Level 20
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