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Overview

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 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

The Blithewold Mansion and Gardens, Juniper Trail Beach, Colt State Park, and Veterans Park are all 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.

Demographics

People

Total Population22,376
Male Share of the Population48.2%
Female Share of the Population51.8%
Senior Citizens19.1%
Employed Population 16+10,784
Age of the Population43

Families

% of people married46.9%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher38.9%
Median Earnings25+$42,461
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$26,310
Median Earnings With High School Degree$31,723

Wealth

Median Family Income$82,276
% Above Poverty Level91.1%
% Below Poverty Level8.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time25 minutes
% Working from Home5.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work7.1%
% Using Public Transportation1.2%

Housing

People Living Alone28.4%
Median Gross Rent$1,001
Median House Value$307,500

Ancestry

Portuguese28.2%
Italian22.9%
Irish18.7%
English10.3%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)10%
German8.4%
French Except Basque6.8%
Canadian4.2%
Polish3.3%
Swedish2.3%
Russian1.5%
Scottish1.5%
Greek0.6%
Dutch0.6%
Finnish0.5%
Arab0.5%
Norwegian0.4%
Hungarian0.4%
Lebanese0.3%
Danishn0.3%
African0.3%
Welsh0.3%
Lithuanian0.3%
West Indian0.2%
US/American0.2%
Ukrainian0.2%
Swiss0.2%
Austrian0.2%
Trinidad Tobago0.1%
Bermudan0.1%
Iranian0.1%
Egyptian0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Cape Verdean0.1%
Ethiopian0.1%
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Bristol Almanac

CategoryValue
County Bristol County
Standard Zip Codes2809
Phone Area Codes401
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude41.67
Approximate Longitude-71.27

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)

StationPROVIDENCE GREEN AP
Distance8.5 miles
Jan Temp20 to 37 F
Apr Temp39 to 58 F
Jul Temp64 to 83 F
Oct Temp43 to 63 F
Annual Precip46.4 inches
StationNEWPORT ROSE
Distance12.8 miles
Jan Temp23 to 38 F
Apr Temp39 to 54 F
Jul Temp64 to 78 F
Oct Temp48 to 62 F
Annual Precip46 inches
StationROCHESTER
Distance20 miles
Jan Temp19 to 38 F
Apr Temp37 to 57 F
Jul Temp62 to 83 F
Oct Temp42 to 63 F
Annual Precip49.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Barrington16,304$137,115
Middletown16,042$80,037
Portsmouth17,351$105,357
Tiverton15,795$83,056
Warren10,548$72,143
Warwick81,881$84,421

Bristol Public Libraries

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

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Bristol Public Schools

Colt Andrews School
570-574 Hope Street
ZIP: 2809
(401) 254-5987
Primary
Total Enrollment 374
Guiteras School
35 Washington Street
ZIP: 2809
(401) 254-5932
Primary
Total Enrollment 308
Mt. Hope High School
199 Chestnut Street
ZIP: 2809
(401) 254-5980
High
Total Enrollment 928
Rockwell School
1225 Hope Street
ZIP: 2809
(401) 254-5930
Primary
Total Enrollment 270

Bristol Private Schools

Our Lady Of Mt Carmel School
127 State St
ZIP: 2809
Elementary
Total Enrollment 114
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