Bristol, VA
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Bristol is a medium-sized city located in the state of Virginia. With a population of 17,141 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Bristol is the 47th largest community in Virginia.

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 sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Bristol who work in office and administrative support (14.66%), sales jobs (12.57%), and food service (10.57%).

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 19.15 minutes getting to work every day.

The percentage of adults in Bristol who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 20.38% of the adults in Bristol have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Bristol in 2010 was $20,574, which is lower middle income relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $82,296 for a family of four.

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 German, Irish, Scots-Irish, and Scottish.

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