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Overview

Introduction to Bristol, Connecticut

Bristol, Connecticut, in Hartford county, is 83 miles NE of New York, New York. The city benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns that it shares the Hartford metropolitan area with. Bristol contains a population of approximately 60,062.

Bristol History

In 1721, Daniel Brownson became the first person to buy land in Bristol. The early European settlers in this area were mostly farmers. Bristol was initially incorporated as a town in 1785. Bristol was known as the 'Bell City' due to its history as a manufacturer of innovative spring-driven doorbells. Bristol was also a clock-making town in the 1800s. It was reincorporated as a city in 1911.

Bristol and nearby Attractions

  • New England Carousel Museum
  • Bristol Public Library
  • Copper Mine Brook
  • Pequabuck Golf Course
  • Barnes Nature Center
  • Lake Compounce Theme Park

Things To Do In Bristol

Bristol offers its visitors the opportunity to visit a number of nearby museums. Among these are the American Clock and Watch Museum, the Bristol Memorial Military Museum, the Carousel Museum of New England, the Family Center Museum and the Family Center & Imagine Nation Museum. The banks of the local lakes and brooks are popular tourist spots. There is also a nearby golf course, which provides world class facilities.

Bristol Transportation

Hartford-Brainard Airport is nearby.

Bristol Higher Education

For higher learning, one can enroll at Central Connecticut State University, Naugatuck Valley Community College or the University of Hartford.

People

Total Population 60,556
Male Share of the Population 49.5%
Female Share of the Population 50.5%
Senior Citizens 15.8%
Employed Population 16+ 30,216
Age of the Population 41

Families

% of people married 46.5%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 23.7%
Median Earnings25+ $42,916
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $28,363
Median Earnings With High School Degree $38,078

Wealth

Median Family Income $74,047
% Above Poverty Level 90.4%
% Below Poverty Level 9.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.6%
% Using Public Transportation 0.8%

Housing

People Living Alone 32.2%
Median Gross Rent $904
Median House Value $199,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 18.8%
US/American 0.1%
English 7.3%
Irish 15.7%

Bristol Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 83 miles NE of New York, New York
County Hartford
Metro Area Hartford
Standard Zip Codes 06010
P.O. Box Zip Codes 06011
Phone Area Codes 860
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.671
Longitude -72.949

Bristol Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station BURLINGTON
Distance 8.9 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 35 F
Apr Temp 35 to 58 F
Jul Temp 60 to 83 F
Oct Temp 38 to 62 F
Annual Precip 52.2 inches
Station WIGWAM RESERVOIR
Distance 9.5 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 34 F
Apr Temp 33 to 58 F
Jul Temp 58 to 83 F
Oct Temp 36 to 62 F
Annual Precip 51 inches
Station MIDDLETOWN 4 W (MERIDEN)
Distance 14.7 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 36 F
Apr Temp 39 to 59 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 43 to 62 F
Annual Precip 52.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Litchfield 8,365 $106,094
Meriden 60,616 $62,426
Naugatuck 31,790 $77,372
New Britain 73,095 $49,668
Torrington 35,774 $70,625
Waterbury 109,887 $48,256

Bristol Hospitals

BRISTOL HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
BREWSTER RD
(860) 585-3000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Bristol High Schools

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BRISTOL CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL
480 WOLCOTT ST.
860-584-7732
Serves 1,439 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.7

BRISTOL EASTERN HIGH SCHOOL
632 KING ST.
860-584-7852
Serves 1,361 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.9

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129 CHURCH STREET
860-584-7002
A Non-traditional School
Serves 6 students.

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