Introduction to Bristol, Rhode Island

Bristol, Rhode Island, in Bristol county, is 6 miles W of Fall River, Massachusetts (center to center) and 48 miles S of Boston, Massachusetts.The town benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the Providence - Fall River - Warwick metropolitan area. Bristol contains a population of approximately 22,469.

Bristol History

The area now known as the town of Bristol was the site of the first battle of King Philip's War of 1675. In fact, Mount Hope was King Philip’s base of operations. The town, which was named after Bristol, England, was permanently settled in 1680 and became a part of the Plymouth Colony. Later on, it was sold to four Boston investors, and in 1747, it was ceded to Rhode Island. The town was bombarded twice by the British Navy during the American Revolutionary War. It also served as one of five capitals of Rhode Island until 1854.

Bristol and Nearby Attractions

  • Colt State Park
  • Bristol Art Museum
  • Mystic Aquarium
  • Buttonwood Park Zoo
  • Haffenreffer Indian Museum
  • Blithewold Mansion & Gardens

Things To Do In Bristol

While in Bristol, people may visit the Blithewold Mansion and Gardens, Juniper Trail Beach, Colt State Park, and Veterans Park, all of which are nearby. A variety of exhibits are displayed at Mount Hope Farm Museum, Bristol Historical and Preservation Society Museum, Linden Place Museum, and Coggeshall Farm Museum. Bristol Golf Club and Fairlawn Golf Course offer opportunities to play golf. Buttonwood Park Zoo, Roger Williams Park Zoo, and Fall River Carousel are among other notable attractions near Bristol.

Bristol Transportation

Air transportation is available from Theodore Francis Green State Airport.

Bristol Higher Education

Roger Williams University is located in Bristol. Brown University, Bryant College, and Rhode Island College are located nearby.


Total Population 22,493
Male Share of the Population 47.9%
Female Share of the Population 52.1%
Senior Citizens 19.1%
Employed Population 16+ 11,102
Age of the Population 43


% of people married 46.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 35.1%
Median Earnings25+ $42,063
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $29,559
Median Earnings With High School Degree $32,116


Median Family Income $82,603
% Above Poverty Level 91.1%
% Below Poverty Level 8.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 25 minutes
% Working from Home 4.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 6.7%
% Using Public Transportation 1.5%


People Living Alone 28.6%
Median Gross Rent $883
Median House Value $311,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 9.7%
US/American 0.1%
English 11.2%
Irish 17.7%

Bristol Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 6 miles W of Fall River, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 48 miles S of Boston, Massachusetts
County Bristol
Metro Area Providence - Fall River - Warwick
Standard Zip Codes 02809
Phone Area Codes 401
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.676
Longitude -71.277

Bristol Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 8.5 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 37 F
Apr Temp 39 to 58 F
Jul Temp 64 to 83 F
Oct Temp 43 to 63 F
Annual Precip 46.4 inches
Distance 12.8 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 38 F
Apr Temp 39 to 54 F
Jul Temp 64 to 78 F
Oct Temp 48 to 62 F
Annual Precip 46 inches
Distance 20 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 38 F
Apr Temp 37 to 57 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 42 to 63 F
Annual Precip 49.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Barrington 16,290 $128,802
Middletown 16,081 $86,890
Portsmouth 17,352 $99,575
Tiverton 15,805 $85,807
Warren 10,555 $66,287
Warwick 82,065 $78,263

Bristol Public Libraries

Rogers Free Library
Bristol, Rhode Island
(401) 253-6948

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Serves 1,200 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.1

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