Bristow, VA
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Bristow is a medium-sized town located in the state of Virginia. With a population of 34,898 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Bristow is the 31st largest community in Virginia. There's nothing like the smell of a brand new house, and in Bristow, you'll find that a large proportion of houses were recently built. New growth in residential real estate is an indication that people are choosing to move to Bristow, and putting down their money on brand new construction. Bristow’s real estate is, on average, some of the newest in the nation. Bristow does seem to be experiencing an influx of affluent people, because the median household income is $127,523.00.

Bristow home prices are not only among the most expensive in Virginia, but Bristow real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Bristow is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 90.38% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Bristow is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Bristow who work in management occupations (13.91%), office and administrative support (12.13%), and sales jobs (11.08%).

Also of interest is that Bristow has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

In Bristow, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 37.95 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the town are by private automobile, Bristow is somewhat unusual for a town of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the train helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Bristow area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

If knowledge is power, Bristow is a pretty powerful place. 52.57% of the adults in Bristow have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Bristow in 2010 was $39,444, which is wealthy relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $157,776 for a family of four.

Bristow is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Bristow home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Bristow residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Bristow also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 13.23% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Bristow include Irish, English, Italian, and Scottish.

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