Bristol 74 Excellent
Bristol Livability #90 ranked city in Tennessee#8,126 ranked city in the USARanks better than 72% of areas
A+ Bristol Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
B+ Bristol Cost of Living Cost of living is 4% lower than Tennessee
8515% less expensive than the US average
8911% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Bristol cost of living
F Bristol Crime Total crime is 9% higher than Tennessee
Total crime
3,52442% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2942% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-6%Year over year crime is down
Bristol crime
D- Bristol Employment Household income is 16% lower than Tennessee
Median household income
$38,98530% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$23,72720% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%8% higher than the US average
Bristol employment
C- Bristol Housing Home value is 23% lower than Tennessee
Median home value
$111,90039% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$65331% lower than the US average
Home ownership
68%7% higher than the US average
Bristol real estate or Bristol rentals
C+ Bristol Schools HS graduation rate is 5% lower than Tennessee
High school grad. rates
76%8% lower than the US average
School test scores
58%19% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
0:1100% lower than the US average
Bristol K-12 schools
B Bristol User Ratings There are a total of 6 ratings in Bristol
Overall user rating
73% 6 total ratings
User reviews rating
70% 2 total reviews
User surveys rating
76% 4 total surveys
all Bristol poll results

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      Living in Bristol, TN

      Located in the state of Tennessee, Bristol is a medium-sized city with a population of 26,734 inhabitants. At 92%, the majority of the Bristol population is White; this is followed by 4% Black and 1% Asian. Bristol has a high percentage of people who are married with children when compared to the rest of the country. In total, more than 72% of the population is classified as married and 69% have kids.

      Whether you’re moving to a new area to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Bristol could be a positive experience compared to other cities in Tennessee if you know where to search. With useful information like amenities, cost of living, 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 70/100, Bristol is ranked #10,546 in the United States and #124 in Tennessee. If we dig a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Bristol has higher than average rankings for the following: amenities (A+) and cost of living (B). Bristol does not fare well for the following: crime (F) and employment (D-). It might be wise to take a closer look at each category to find out why.

      Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Bristol, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Some of the interesting things to do and attractions include: Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol Caverns, and Richard Petty Driving Experience.

      Assuming that Bristol meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Bristol. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Bristol are simply unattainable. The median home price for Bristol homes is $111,900, which is 23.4% lower than the Tennessee 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 2.9, which is 6.5% lower than the Tennessee 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 9.4% and 5 year appreciation rates were 5%.

      Bristol transportation information

      Average one way commute21min25min26min
      Workers who drive to work85.5%83.6%76.4%
      Workers who carpool8.8%9.2%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit0.6%0.8%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.2%0.1%0.6%
      Workers who walk1.1%1.4%2.8%
      Working from home3.0%3.9%4.6%

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