B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    B+
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    B-
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    B+
  9. Cost of Living
    A-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    C+
  12. Commute
    A-

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$106,800
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$622
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    32%
  • Own
    68%

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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
    512
    273
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    41
    41
  • Robbery
    22
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    468
    525
  • Theft
    2,196
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    266
    263

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$38,551
National
$53,889
Children
17%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    10%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    15%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    29%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    30%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    17%
    13%
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Bristol TN/VA is a small town with a musical history. It is the birthplace of country music, and the country music museum is there. There is always live music playing somewhere, usually in the adorable downtown area. Rhythm and Roots festival every September features hundreds of artists from around the world. The whole downtown is blocked off for three days and there are about 10 different bands playing in different areas at all times. From punk rock to folk music you will find it at the festival. Great food downtown, be sure to check out the Manna Bagel Co. downtown. Great food and atmosphere! Homemade bagels and soups almost like a northern deli...delicious.
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It is a very safe place to live , but there is very little diversity. If you are Caucasian and middle class this will be the perfect place for you. If you are a minority you might feel like an outsider. It is a very conservative area. The school system is great with wonderful teachers and police who keep the schools safe. The high school has decent athletics for the most part. It has incredible tennis as well as wrestling programs. Bristol is the Birthplace of country music so there is always a country , bluegrass, or folk concert going on. It is also home to Bristol Motor Speedway.
My review with the background of Coming from the Midwest rustbelt 2 years ago. Good place to live, friendly people. Pinnacles is a great new shopping area. Never have to worry about traffic. Mild weather with summer getting humid at times and some snow in winter. Very beautiful scenery. Really cheap cost of living. Downside, very few good paying jobs, lots of poverty, like everywhere obvious that meth and heroin not in short supply. Also limited restaurant other than chains