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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 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.

Demographics

People

Total Population60,437
Male Share of the Population49%
Female Share of the Population51%
Senior Citizens15.9%
Employed Population 16+30,108
Age of the Population41

Families

% of people married44.5%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher26.5%
Median Earnings25+$44,991
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$24,382
Median Earnings With High School Degree$40,352

Wealth

Median Family Income$76,991
% Above Poverty Level89.7%
% Below Poverty Level10.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time23 minutes
% Working from Home3.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.5%
% Using Public Transportation1.2%

Housing

People Living Alone32.3%
Median Gross Rent$895
Median House Value$192,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)22.2%
Italian21.6%
Irish15.1%
French Except Basque14.9%
Polish11.9%
German9.3%
English7.2%
Canadian6.1%
Russian1.3%
Swedish1.1%
Scottish0.9%
Lithuanian0.9%
Greek0.8%
Portuguese0.8%
West Indian0.7%
Arab0.6%
Ukrainian0.6%
Austrian0.5%
Czech0.5%
Dutch0.4%
Trinidad Tobago0.3%
Norwegian0.3%
Jamaican0.3%
African0.2%
Slovak0.2%
Hungarian0.2%
Egyptian0.2%
Danishn0.2%
Moroccan0.2%
Barbadian0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Albanian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Welsh0.1%
Swiss0.1%
Guyanese0.1%
Ethiopian0.1%
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Bristol Almanac

CategoryValue
County Hartford County
Standard Zip Codes6010
P.O. Box Zip Codes6011
Phone Area Codes860
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude41.68
Approximate Longitude-72.94

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)

StationBURLINGTON
Distance8.9 miles
Jan Temp14 to 35 F
Apr Temp35 to 58 F
Jul Temp60 to 83 F
Oct Temp38 to 62 F
Annual Precip52.2 inches
StationWIGWAM RESERVOIR
Distance9.5 miles
Jan Temp13 to 34 F
Apr Temp33 to 58 F
Jul Temp58 to 83 F
Oct Temp36 to 62 F
Annual Precip51 inches
StationMIDDLETOWN 4 W (MERIDEN)
Distance14.7 miles
Jan Temp20 to 36 F
Apr Temp39 to 59 F
Jul Temp63 to 84 F
Oct Temp43 to 62 F
Annual Precip52.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Litchfield8,277$100,227
Meriden60,203$70,318
Naugatuck31,625$78,137
New Britain72,876$50,223
Torrington35,227$74,132
Waterbury109,211$48,822

Bristol Public Libraries

Bristol Public Library
5 HIGH ST.
Bristol, Connecticut
(860) 584-7787

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Bristol Hospitals

Bristol Hospital
(Non-profit)
Brewster Rd
(860) 585-3000

Bristol Public Schools

Alternative Special Education Program (asep)
632 King Street
ZIP: 6010
Other
Total Enrollment 17
Bristol Central High School
480 Wolcott Street
ZIP: 6010
High
Total Enrollment 1180
Bristol Early Childhood Center - Becc
240 Stafford Avenue
ZIP: 6010
Primary
Total Enrollment 74
Bristol Eastern High School
632 King Street
ZIP: 6010
High
Total Enrollment 1247
Chippens Hill Middle School
551 Peacedale Street
ZIP: 6010
Middle
Total Enrollment 760
Chms Goal
551 Peacedale Street
ZIP: 6010
Middle
Total Enrollment 7
Edgewood School
345 Mix Street
ZIP: 6010
Primary
Total Enrollment 340
Ellen P. Hubbell School
90 West Washington Street
ZIP: 6010
Primary
Total Enrollment 422
Functional Program
551 Peacedale Street
ZIP: 6010
Middle
Total Enrollment 8
Greene-hills Goal
718 Pine Street
ZIP: 6010
Middle
Total Enrollment 2
Greene-hills School
718 Pine Street
ZIP: 6010
Primary
Total Enrollment 893
Hubbell/extended Resource
90 W. Washington Street
ZIP: 6010
Primary
Total Enrollment 5
Ivy Drive Goal
160 Ivy Drive
ZIP: 6010
Primary
Total Enrollment 5
Ivy Drive Medically Fragile
160 Ivy Drive
ZIP: 6010
Primary
Total Enrollment 6
Ivy Drive School
160 Ivy Drive
ZIP: 6010
Primary
Total Enrollment 396
Mountain View Goal
71 Vera Road
ZIP: 6010
Primary
Total Enrollment 3
Mountain View School
71 Vera Road
ZIP: 6010
Primary
Total Enrollment 382
Northeast Middle School
530 Stevens Street
ZIP: 6010
Middle
Total Enrollment 430
Northeast Ms/extended Resource
530 Stevens Street
ZIP: 6010
Middle
Total Enrollment 3
Northeast Ms/goal
530 Stevens Street
ZIP: 6010
Middle
Total Enrollment 3
Prek Autism
212 Louisiana Ave
ZIP: 6010
Primary
Total Enrollment 5
South Side Extended Resource
21 Tuttle Road
ZIP: 6010
Primary
Total Enrollment 3
South Side Goal
21 Tuttle Road
ZIP: 6010
Primary
Total Enrollment 6
South Side School
Tuttle Road
ZIP: 6010
Primary
Total Enrollment 529
Stafford Autism
212 Louisiana Ave
ZIP: 6010
Primary
Total Enrollment 11
Stafford School
212 Louisiana Avenue
ZIP: 6010
Primary
Total Enrollment 443
West Bristol School
500 Clark Avenue
ZIP: 6010
Primary
Total Enrollment 919
West Woods Academy
632 King Street
ZIP: 6010
High
Total Enrollment 44
Community/vocational Program
129 Church Street Box 45
ZIP: 6011
High
Total Enrollment 11

Bristol Private Schools

Heritage Christian School
48 Lewis St
ZIP: 6010
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 15
Immanuel Lutheran School
154 Meadow St
ZIP: 6010
Elementary
Total Enrollment 62
Liberty Baptist Child Care
265 Maple Ave
ZIP: 6010
Elementary
Total Enrollment 7
St Anthony School
30 Pleasant St
ZIP: 6010
Elementary
Total Enrollment 111
St Joseph School
335 Center St
ZIP: 6010
Elementary
Total Enrollment 208
St Paul Catholic High School
1001 Stafford Ave
ZIP: 6010
Secondary
Total Enrollment 348
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