Bristol, CT
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Bristol is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Connecticut. With a population of 60,452 people and 13 constituent neighborhoods, Bristol is the 13th largest community in Connecticut.

Unlike some cities, Bristol isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Bristol are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Bristol is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Bristol who work in office and administrative support (13.96%), sales jobs (10.48%), and management occupations (7.53%).

Of important note, Bristol is also a city of artists. Bristol has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Bristol’s character.

Also of interest is that Bristol has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

The population of Bristol overall has a level of education that is slightly above the US average for all US cities and towns of 21.84%. Of adults 25 and older in Bristol, 24.94% have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Bristol in 2010 was $31,709, which is lower middle income relative to Connecticut, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $126,836 for a family of four. However, Bristol contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Bristol is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Bristol home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Bristol residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Bristol also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 12.40% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Bristol include French , Irish, Polish, and German.

The most common language spoken in Bristol is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.