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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 26,668. Bristol is in Sullivan County. Living in Bristol offers residents a sparse 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.
About Bristol...
Population
26,668

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$115,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$660
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    32%
  • Own
    68%
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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
    435.5
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    67
    40.7
  • Robbery
    59.6
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    435.5
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,442
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    312.7
    284

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    10%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    12%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    15%
  • 65+ years
    19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    9%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    15%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    28%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    33%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    15%
    13%

Working in Bristol

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$40,139
National
$55,322
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Bristol Reviews

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My favorite part of Bristol is State Street. There's such a diverse amount of people, and a smile around every corner! I've made so many friendships in the community that I may cherish for many years to come.
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Overall, the city of Bristol, Tennessee is both a great place to live, just like its slogan says, and a great place to visit. Bristol offers people visiting a variety of attractions like the Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion, Birthplace of Country Music Museum, and the crown jewel Bristol Motor Speedway. Bristol complements this by welcoming all walks of life with its charming southern hospitality.
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.