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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  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
    B
  12. Commute
    B+
Bristol is a town in Tennessee with a population of 26,734. Bristol is in Sullivan County. Living in Bristol offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. Many young professionals and retirees live in Bristol and residents tend to be conservative. The public schools in Bristol are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$111,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$653
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    32%
  • Own
    68%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    484
    283
  • Murder
    4
    6
  • Rape
    41
    41
  • Robbery
    53
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    503
    500
  • Theft
    2,514
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    360
    284
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Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$38,985
National
$55,322
Children
16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    9%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    14%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    30%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    31%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    16%
    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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Small town with big music scene. Bristol, Tennessee is considered the birth place of country music and backs it up with the Country Music Museum. The Carter Family Fold is nearby where the first country music was developed by the Carter family in their home and church. Historical downtown Bristol draws tourists to old fashioned candy shops, antique stores, and microbreweries where live music can be heard on the weekends. Nascar's fastest half-mile track is located in Bristol and during August the biggest attraction of the year with the Food City 500.
Bristol is a quiet town located in the Appalachian Mountains with half the town in the state of Virginia and the other half in Tennessee. Bristol is the original birthplace of country music with the Carter Family Fold down the road, and the Country Music Museum located in historical downtown amid antique shops and bakeries. Bristol is well known for Nascar with the fastest half-mile track in the country here. Lots of outdoor fun at the lake and plenty of hiking in the mountains.