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 22,131 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%).

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

The overall crime rate in Bristol is one of the lowest in the US. This makes it one of the safer places to live in the country in terms of crime.

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 citizens of Bristol are very well educated compared to the average community in the nation: 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.