Bristol, RI
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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.

Bristol is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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 (14.70%), management occupations (10.23%), and sales jobs (8.70%).

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.

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. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

The citizens of Bristol are very well educated compared to the average community in the nation: 36.98% of adults in Bristol have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Bristol in 2010 was $30,445, 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 $121,780 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 Italian, Irish, English, and German.

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