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Bristol Livability #19 ranked city in Connecticut#2,248 ranked city in the USARanks better than 92% of areas

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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 inhabitants. 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.

      Whether you’re moving to a new town to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Bristol could be a positive experience compared to other cities in Connecticut if you know where to look. Don't forget to determine what matters most to you in a neighborhood. Consider factors such as safety, proximity to work or school, access to amenities (like parks, fitness facilities, grocery stores, restaurants), public transportation options, community atmosphere and the overall vibe you're looking for. With useful information like amenities, crime, cost of living, commute, education and other key data points, finding the best places to live in Bristol and in the areas around Bristol is a much easier task.

      With a livability score of 78 out of 100, Bristol is ranked #2,104 in the United States and #19 in Connecticut. Clearly, Bristol is doing something right, as this score ranks well above the average of most cities. Another exciting tidbit, is that Bristol ranks better than 90% of all US cities! For each of the livability categories, we know that Bristol ranks very well for amenities (A-), crime (A+), employment (B) and housing (A-).

      Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, shops, etc., Bristol has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive. Here are some of the more popular things to do in Bristol: Lake Compounce, American Clock and Watch Museum, and New England Carousel Museum.

      Crime rates can be the deciding factor for anyone looking to relocate to a new area as the result is often a greater level of safety and security as well as an improved quality of life. Bristol gets top scores for their low violent crime rates of 82 crimes per 100,000 residents, which are significantly lower than the national average.

      For buyers, real estate will be the largest purchase they ever make and it will also be their most valuable asset. For renters, the monthly rent paid on their Bristol apartments will most likely be their largest expense. Based on tangible metrics like home and rental affordability and appreciation rates, housing in this area has received a score that is well above the average of every other US city. A thriving real estate market can also generate strong local economic activity and job creation.

      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. The median home price for Bristol homes is $192,500, which is 28.5% lower than the Connecticut average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Bristol, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 3.1, which is 18.4% lower than the Connecticut average.

      Bristol transportation information

      Statistic Bristol Connecticut National
      Average one way commute25min26min26min
      Workers who drive to work81.1%78.3%76.4%
      Workers who carpool9.9%8.1%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit1.5%4.9%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.2%0.3%0.6%
      Workers who walk2.0%2.9%2.8%
      Working from home4.6%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 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).