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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B+
Bristol is a suburb of Hartford with a population of 60,498. Bristol is in Hartford County. Living in Bristol offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Bristol there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Bristol and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Bristol are above average.
About Bristol...
Population
60,498

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$190,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$950
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    35%
  • Own
    65%
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Bristol Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    36.6
    282.7
  • Murder
    1.7
    6.1
  • Rape
    21.6
    40.7
  • Robbery
    41.6
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    243
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,251.5
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    211.3
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    10%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    9%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    8%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    18%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    28%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    35%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    10%
    13%

Working in Bristol

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$64,586
National
$55,322
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Bristol Reviews

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Bristol has an interesting history its glory days are over..without the financial assistance through ESPN, the city would be on the verge of collapse the hub of bristol is route 6. A hodge podge of supermarkets..small shops and your typical fast food restaurants during the 60s the downtown area was torn down for redevelopment..downtown bristol never recovered..poor planning..good ole boy corruption..downtown bristol is a sad site its not really a downtown..but I guess you would call it that because the city hall complex being located in this area.its a haven for homeless and other people coming here trying to escape poverty and despair from other towns...a pretty new england town?..No. A poorly planned town..Yes. Its mainly older working class folks waiting for the end..poor migrating to bristol hoping for better times and the young dreaming of getting out of bristol..as fast as possible...a very very fascinating history..nothing more!
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Overall I like living in Bristol as I have been a resident for over 20 years. There is a nice diversity of places to eat and shop. Easy access with plenty of parking to wherever your destination is. As with anywhere you go nowadays, the worst part of Bristol is route 6 the constant construction. I am happy to see consistent improvements however you should not expect to get anywhere quickly without sitting in some type of traffic congestion. There may be some areas that are questionable as again with any other town, however, overall I have had good experience living in Bristol.
I am new to the city, but overall my experience has been great. People here are very kind and welcoming! They encourage community in various ways, including the Mum Festival, Festival at Rockwell Park, and various organizations.