Bolivar Peninsula

Bolivar Peninsula, Texas
—  CDP  —

Location of Bolivar Peninsula, Texas

Coordinates: 29°27?52?N 94°36?28?W / 29.46444°N 94.60778°W / 29.46444; -94.60778
Country United States
State Texas
County Galveston
 – Total 46.7 sq mi (120.9 km2)
 – Land 45.2 sq mi (117.0 km2)
 – Water 1.5 sq mi (3.8 km2)
Elevation 10 ft (3 m)
Population (2000)
 – Total 3,853
 – Density 85.3/sq mi (32.9/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 – Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
FIPS code 48-09250[1]
GNIS feature ID 1852688[2]

Bolivar Peninsula is a census-designated place (CDP) in Galveston County, Texas, United States. The population was 3,853 at the 2000 census.

April 23, 1991 the community, and other areas of Galveston County, received an enhanced 9-1-1 system which routes calls to proper dispatchers and allows dispatchers to automatically view the address of the caller.[3]


Map of the Bolivar Peninsula CDP

It forms a narrow strip of land in Galveston County, Texas, separating the eastern part of Galveston Bay from the Gulf of Mexico. The peninsula’s width ranges from half a mile down to a quarter-mile near the unincorporated community of Gilchrist, where the peninsula is divided by Rollover Pass.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 46.7 square miles (120.9 km²), of which, 45.2 square miles (117.0 km²) of it is land and 1.5 square miles (3.8 km²) of it (3.17%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,853 people, 1,801 households, and 1,138 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 85.3 people per square mile (32.9/km²). There were 5,425 housing units at an average density of 120.0/sq mi (46.4/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 93.69% White, 0.47% African American, 0.80% Native American, 0.57% Asian, 2.80% from other races, and 1.66% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.96% of the population.

There were 1,801 households out of which 18.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.3% were married couples living together, 7.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.8% were non-families. 31.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.14 and the average family size was 2.65.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 17.0% under the age of 18, 5.6% from 18 to 24, 20.7% from 25 to 44, 35.1% from 45 to 64, and 21.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 48 years. For every 100 females there were 104.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 104.1 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $34,235, and the median income for a family was $42,448. Males had a median income of $36,477 versus $24,519 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $26,137. About 8.3% of families and 11.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.4% of those under age 18 and 7.3% of those age 65 or over.


Crenshaw Elementary and Middle School, K-8

Bolivar Peninsula residents are divided between the Galveston Independent School District and the High Island Independent School District.

The western portion of the Bolivar Peninsula, including the unincorporated communities of Port Bolivar and Crystal Beach, are within the Galveston Independent School District. That portion is served by the K-8 Crenshaw Elementary and Middle School, located on the island, and Ball High School (9-12), located in Galveston. The current Crenshaw building opened in 2005.[4]

The eastern portion of the peninsula, including the unincorporated communities of Caplen, Gilchrist, and High Island, is served by the High Island Independent School District.

Galveston College serves all of the Bolivar Peninsula.[5]

Parks and recreation

The Galveston County Department of Parks and Senior Services operates the Joe Faggard Community Center at 1760 State Highway 87 in the Crystal Beach area.[6]

The community holds a Mardi Gras celebration along Texas State Highway 87 each year. Many people and groups, including beach bars, politicians, and school groups have krewes in the celebration. Brittanie Shey of the Houston Press described the celebration as a “small town parade.”[7]


The Texas Department of Transportation provides ferry service from Port Bolivar at the western end of the Bolivar Peninsula to Galveston.


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Michelle Robach


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