Bristol, RI
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Living in Bristol


Bristol is a medium-sized coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Rhode Island. With a population of 22,290 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Bristol is the 15th largest community in Rhode Island.

Housing costs in Bristol are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in Rhode Island.

Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Bristol is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Bristol is a town of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Bristol who work in office and administrative support (13.06%), management occupations (11.31%), and food service (8.98%).

In addition, Bristol is a college town. There are a lot of students in Bristol attending college, and as a result Bristol provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared to the needs and activities of students.

Bristol, while not large, also appears to be attractive to some younger, educated professionals, who help shape the character of the town.

Overall, Bristol’s crime rate is one of the lowest in the nation, which makes a great place to live if safety is an important concern.

Bristol is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

The education level of Bristol citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 38.40% of adults in Bristol have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Bristol in 2010 was $33,102, which is lower middle income relative to Rhode Island, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $132,408 for a family of four. However, Bristol contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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. Important ancestries of people in Bristol include Portuguese, Italian, Irish, English, and German.

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