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 22,357 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, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Bristol who work in office and administrative support (13.93%), management occupations (10.35%), and sales jobs (9.39%).
Because there are quite a few people attending college in Bristol, it is thought of as a college town. To the benefit of the many students in the area, Bristol provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards their needs and activities.
One of the nice things about Bristol is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.
The population of Bristol is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 35.15% of adults in Bristol have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Bristol in 2010 was $31,280, 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 $125,120 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 Asian. Important ancestries of people in Bristol include Italian, Irish, English, and German.
The most common language spoken in Bristol is English. Other important languages spoken here include Portuguese and Spanish.