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Bolivia, North Carolina
Post office
Post office
Bolivia, North Carolina is located in North Carolina
Bolivia, North Carolina
Bolivia, North Carolina
Location in North Carolina
Bolivia, North Carolina is located in the United States
Bolivia, North Carolina
Bolivia, North Carolina
Location in the United States
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Brunswick
 • Total 0.64 sq mi (1.65 km2)
 • Land 0.64 sq mi (1.65 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
43 ft (13 m)
 • Total 143
 • Estimate 
 • Density 242.14/sq mi (93.45/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 910
FIPS code 37-06820
GNIS feature ID 0981697

Bolivia is a town in Brunswick County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 143 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Brunswick County.


A post office called Bolivia has been in operation since 1892. The town is named after Bolivia, in South America. Bolivia was incorporated as a town in 1911.


Bolivia is located in east-central Brunswick County at 34°4′9″N 78°8′52″W / 34.06917°N 78.14778°W / 34.06917; -78.14778 (34.069119, -78.147755). Old U.S. Route 17 (Old Ocean Highway) passes through the center of the town, while the current U.S. Route 17 (Ocean Highway) bypasses it to the northwest. US-17 leads 18 miles (29 km) northeast to Wilmington and 53 miles (85 km) southwest to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town of Bolivia has a total area of 0.62 square miles (1.6 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 199
1930 156 −21.6%
1940 203 30.1%
1950 215 5.9%
1960 201 −6.5%
1970 185 −8.0%
1980 252 36.2%
1990 228 −9.5%
2000 148 −35.1%
2010 143 −3.4%
2019 (est.) 154 7.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Bolivia racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 139 93.29%
Native American 1 0.67%
Other/Mixed 5 3.36%
Hispanic or Latino 4 2.68%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 149 people, 71 households, and 54 families residing in the town.


The town was settled by European Americans in the 1890s and was incorporated in 1911. One theory about the name is that many boxes being shipped from the area said "Bolivia", referring to the country in South America, and the people liked that name.

National Airlines Flight 2511 blew up over Bolivia on January 6, 1960. The DC-6B was destroyed by an explosion of dynamite.

When U.S. 17 was widened to four lanes, a bypass was constructed around Bolivia; intended to improve traffic, the highway drew away visitors and retail customers, causing an economic decline in the town. In 1977, the county decided to move the county seat of Brunswick County from Southport to Bolivia. Being a center of government operations stimulated other businesses and had helped Bolivia build its businesses.

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