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 (14.25%), sales jobs (10.42%), and food service (10.13%).

The population of Bristol overall has a level of education that is slightly above the US average for all US cities and towns of 21.84%. Of adults 25 and older in Bristol, 23.35% have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Bristol in 2010 was $20,777, which is lower middle income relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $83,108 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 German, Irish, Scots-Irish, and Scottish.

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