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"Birthplace of Country Music"

Bristol is a city in Sullivan County, in the Kingsport-Bristol metro area.

The community was named for Bristol, England.

The latitude of Bristol is 36.595N. The longitude is -82.188W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 1,677 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 25,021.


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Median household income
Local
$30,039
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Bristol demographic reports
Bristol is on the Virginia border. Although they have distinct governments, Bristol, TN, and Bristol, VA, form a single community.
Country musicians Jimmy Rodgers and the Carter Family recorded for the RCA label here in 1927.
Public transportation: Bristol Tennessee Transit System (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 109. The number of murders and homicides was 1. The violent crime rate was 4.3 per 1,000 people.
Well-known residents have included:
· Tennessee Ernie Ford, singer, radio and TV personality
Local festivals include:
  • Rhythm and Roots Reunion - Sept. 14-16, 2007
Dates often change. Check Bristol web sites and events links in the sections below.
Bristol attractions: South Holston Dam
Historic sites and museums: Birthplace of Tennessee Ernie Ford, Steele Creek Park & Nature Center
Colleges and universities: King College

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Bristol demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Sullivan County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Johnson City-Kingsport area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 37617 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

14% of Bristol residents report German ancestry, and 13% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Bristol ancestry & family history guide.

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Economy

At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Bristol was $18,535, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

17% of Bristol residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Housing & real estate

Median rent in Bristol, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $334.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $756.


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Politics

Sullivan County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Bristol political report.

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Traffic

The average commute time for Bristol workers is 19 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 6 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Bristol between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 2.4 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

Travel

Hotels in Bristol include Bristol Lodging Services, Days Inn, Days Inn Bristol, Microtel Inn & Suites Bristol, Scottish Inn Bristol.

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