Bristol 73 Excellent
Bristol Livability #80 ranked city in Connecticut#8,481 ranked city in the USARanks better than 71% of areas

Livability Awards

A+ Bristol Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
D- Bristol Cost of Living Cost of living is 11% lower than Connecticut
1099% more expensive than the US average
12222% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Bristol cost of living
A Bristol Crime Total crime is 20% lower than Connecticut
Total crime
1,39441% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 7241% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-4%Year over year crime is down
Bristol crime
C- Bristol Employment Household income is 14% lower than Connecticut
Median household income
$61,55111% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$32,3749% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%13% higher than the US average
Bristol employment
F Bristol Housing Home value is 29% lower than Connecticut
Median home value
$192,5004% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$8956% lower than the US average
Home ownership
65%3% higher than the US average
Bristol real estate or Bristol rentals
C Bristol Schools HS graduation rate is 3% lower than Connecticut
High school grad. rates
84%1% higher than the US average
School test scores
n/a100% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
15:15% lower than the US average
Bristol K-12 schools
B- Bristol User Ratings There are a total of 5 ratings in Bristol
Overall user rating
70% 5 total ratings
User reviews rating
90% 1 total reviews
User surveys rating
58% 4 total surveys
all Bristol poll results

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      Living in Bristol, CT

      Located in the state of Connecticut, Bristol is a moderately-sized city with a population of 60,437 residents. If we take a look at the last Census, the vast majority of the population falls within one racial group (86% White). Given that fact, Bristol could be considered less diverse than other cities. Bristol is known to be family friendly as more than 71% of the population has already tied the knot. It might also be worth noting that 60% of residents also have children under the age of 18.

      Without the right tools, relocating to any new area can be very stressful and challenging. Living in Bristol, Connecticut could be a great experience for anyone who puts in the time to do the research required. With useful information like crime, cost of living, weather, employment, housing and other key data points, finding the best places to live in Bristol and in the areas around Bristol is a much easier task.

      Bristol, CT receives 70/100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #73 in Connecticut and #11,148 in the USA. If we take a closer look at each of the categories on their own, we see that Bristol ranks well for amenities (A+) and crime (A+). There are some categories that Bristol ranks poorly for, including: cost of living (D-), weather (D), education (D) and housing (F). It might be worth taking a closer look to find out why.

      Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Bristol on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Some of the notable things to do include: Lake Compounce, American Clock and Watch Museum, and New England Carousel Museum.

      Feeling a sense of safety in the area that you live in is a must for most people. Low crime rates can have a positive impact on things like home prices, home appreciation rates and the overall sense of community. Bristol has a violent crime rate of 102 crimes per 100,000 residents which is far lower than the national average.

      Bristol real estate prices and overall affordability will play a huge role in determining if the area is the right fit for you. Of course there are probably some other items on your “wish list”, but even before they are considered, let’s take a look at the home prices and affordability in Bristol. Median real estate prices in Bristol come in at $192,500, which is 28.5% lower than the Connecticut average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Bristol, the home price to income ratio is 3.1, which is 18.4% lower than the Connecticut average. Knowing if your home will appreciate on a long term or even a short term basis should be factored into your decision making. An increase in your home’s value can be a good way to generate tax-free equity that can create long term financial security. In the past year, appreciation rates for homes in the Bristol area were 1.3% and 5 year appreciation rates were 1%.

      Bristol transportation information

      Average one way commute23min26min26min
      Workers who drive to work82.3%78.3%76.4%
      Workers who carpool10.7%8.1%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit1.2%4.9%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.1%0.3%0.6%
      Workers who walk1.4%2.9%2.8%
      Working from home3.5%4.6%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Bristol, CT data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).