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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    C
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    B-
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    C+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A-
Bristol is a suburb of Providence with a population of 22,234. Bristol is in Bristol County and is one of the best places to live in Rhode Island. Living in Bristol offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Bristol there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals and retirees live in Bristol and residents tend to lean liberal. The public schools in Bristol are above average.
About Bristol...
Population
22,234

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$313,200
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,060
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    35%
  • Own
    65%
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Bristol Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    22.6
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    22.6
    40.7
  • Robbery
    0
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    36.1
    500.1
  • Theft
    352.4
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    13.6
    284

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    8%
  • 10-17 years
    7%
  • 18-24 years
    19%
  • 25-34 years
    11%
  • 35-44 years
    10%
  • 45-54 years
    10%
  • 55-64 years
    15%
  • 65+ years
    21%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    17%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    21%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    25%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    23%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    14%
    13%

Working in Bristol

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$67,083
National
$55,322

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Bristol Reviews

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Bristol is an amazing town, in fact the only town I would live in in RI. I has the most festivities especially around the 4th of July. I am so grateful to live in this little town in the smallest state. Growing up in Bristol has given me a great perspective on life. It is very safe, the schools are great its very family friendly!
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Bristol is a family friendly, beautiful small historic town. It was a privilege to grow up here and I had a great education. However, Bristol is not a very diverse place to live and people here can be close-minded and ignorant.
I like Bristol because it is a homely town. It is scenic and historical as well. The only issue is that around the Fourth of July it becomes crowded and the traffic is horrible. We are considered the most patriotic town because of our traditional parade, but because of that, we get an influx of people. We are a relatively small town, but cozy and family friendly.