Bristow, VA

Bristow profile

Living in Bristow

Bristow is a medium-sized town located in the state of Virginia. With a population of 28,078 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Bristow is the 36th largest community in Virginia. Bristow has seen a significant amount of newer housing growth in recent years. Quite often, new home construction is the result of new residents moving in who are middle class or wealthier, attracted by jobs, a healthy local economy, or other amenities as they leave nearby or far away areas for greener pastures. This seems to be the case in Bristow, where the median household income is $158,004.00.

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 89.05% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Bristow is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Bristow who work in management occupations (16.82%), computer science and math (10.60%), and teaching (10.43%).

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.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 11.58% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

Because of many things, Bristow is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Bristow really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Bristow perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

One downside of living in Bristow is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Bristow, the average commute to work is 38.05 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the town, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Bristow use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Bristow‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the train. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

If knowledge is power, Bristow is a pretty powerful place. 55.78% 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 2018 was $48,794, which is wealthy relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $195,176 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 13.11% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Bristow include German, Irish, English, Italian, and Jordanian.

Bristow also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 16.76%.

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