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Overview

Introduction to Bristol, Tennessee

Bristol, Tennessee, in Sullivan county, is 21 miles NE of Johnson City, Tennessee and 121 miles NW of Charlotte, North Carolina. The city benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns that it shares the Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol metropolitan area with.

Bristol History

Bristol is located in Sullivan County. It is said that the city was named after Bristol, England. Bristol was formerly known as Sapling Grove. In 1852, Joseph R. Anderson laid out a plot of land of about 100 acres as the original town of Bristol. The official incorporation of Bristol occurred in 1856. The Virginia and East Tennessee railroads reached Bristol in 1858. Bristol is also home to the King College.

Bristol and nearby Attractions

  • William King Regional Arts Center
  • Sycamore Shoals State Park
  • Fields-Penn 1860 House Museum
  • Warriors Path State Park
  • Hands On! Regional Museum
  • Audubon Park

Things To Do In Bristol

The Volunteer Plaza Shopping Center, Southgate Crossing Shopping Center and the Virginia Avenue Shopping Center are the popular local shopping destinations. The Fields-Penn 1860 House Museum, the Hands On! Regional Museum and the William King Regional Arts Center provide insight into the area’s history. Local churches include the South Bristol United Methodist Church, the First Church of the Brethren and Rosemont Presbyterian Church. Patterson Park, Rotary Park and Steele Creek Park are in the area as well. The city hosts the Rhythm and Roots Reunion every September.

Bristol Transportation

Knoxville McGhee Tyson is the nearest major airport.

Bristol Higher Education

King College is the local institution of higher education. Other nearby institutions include East Tennessee State University, Southwest Virginia Community College and Walters State Community College.

Demographics

People

Total Population26,734
Male Share of the Population47.9%
Female Share of the Population52.1%
Senior Citizens19%
Employed Population 16+11,484
Age of the Population44

Families

% of people married48.7%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher23.6%
Median Earnings25+$28,471
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$15,066
Median Earnings With High School Degree$24,334

Wealth

Median Family Income$51,103
% Above Poverty Level84.4%
% Below Poverty Level15.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time21 minutes
% Working from Home3%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.3%
% Using Public Transportation0.6%

Housing

People Living Alone33.1%
Median Gross Rent$653
Median House Value$111,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)22.7%
Irish13.4%
English12.4%
Scottish2.5%
Italian2%
Polish1.2%
Swedish1.1%
French Except Basque0.8%
Welsh0.6%
Russian0.4%
West Indian0.4%
Norwegian0.3%
Swiss0.3%
Portuguese0.2%
Ukrainian0.2%
Hungarian0.2%
Danishn0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
German0.2%
Greek0.2%
Lebanese0.1%
Arab0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Slovene0.1%
Dutch0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Canadian0.1%
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Bristol Almanac

CategoryValue
County Sullivan County
Standard Zip Codes37620
P.O. Box Zip Codes37621, 37625
Phone Area Codes423
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude36.56
Approximate Longitude-82.19

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)

StationABINGDON 3 S
Distance13.3 miles
Jan Temp22 to 43 F
Apr Temp39 to 67 F
Jul Temp61 to 85 F
Oct Temp40 to 68 F
Annual Precip47.4 inches
StationLEBANON
Distance23.5 miles
Jan Temp22 to 43 F
Apr Temp39 to 64 F
Jul Temp61 to 83 F
Oct Temp39 to 67 F
Annual Precip41.3 inches
StationSALTVILLE 1 N
Distance30.8 miles
Jan Temp21 to 43 F
Apr Temp38 to 66 F
Jul Temp62 to 85 F
Oct Temp39 to 68 F
Annual Precip44.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Bluff City1,682$44,286
Elizabethton14,012$43,304
Johnson City65,415$56,487
Kingsport52,871$52,974
Watauga300$45,625

Bristol Hospitals

Wellmont Bristol Regional Medical Center
(Non-profit)
1 Medical Park Boulevard
(423) 844-1121

Bristol Public Schools

Avoca Elementary
2440 Volunteer Pw
ZIP: 37620
(423) 652-9445
Primary
Total Enrollment 482
Tennessee Online Public School
615 Mlk Jr. Bl
ZIP: 37620
(423) 652-9451
High
Total Enrollment 222
Weaver Elementary
3341 Weaver Pk
ZIP: 37620
(423) 354-1853
Primary
Total Enrollment 283
Fairmount Elementary
821 Virginia Av
ZIP: 37620
(423) 652-9311
Primary
Total Enrollment 532
Holston View Elementary
1840 King College Rd
ZIP: 37620
(423) 652-9470
Primary
Total Enrollment 370
Holston Valley Middle School
1717 Bristol Caverns Hw
ZIP: 37620
(423) 354-1880
Middle
Total Enrollment 190
Tennessee High School
1112 Edgemont Avenue
ZIP: 37620
(423) 652-9494
High
Total Enrollment 1189
Anderson Elementary
901 Ninth St
ZIP: 37620
(423) 652-9444
Primary
Total Enrollment 412
Vance Middle School
815 Edgemont Avenue
ZIP: 37620
(423) 652-9449
Middle
Total Enrollment 572
Emmett Elementary
753 Emmett Rd
ZIP: 37620
(423) 354-1865
Primary
Total Enrollment 363
Haynesfield Elementary
201 Bluff City Hw
ZIP: 37620
(423) 652-9292
Primary
Total Enrollment 397

Bristol Private Schools

The Academy At King
7216 Academy Dr
ZIP: 37260
Secondary
Total Enrollment 38
Tennessee Avenue Christian Academy
804 Tennessee Ave
ZIP: 37620
Elementary
Total Enrollment 98
Brookside Academy
1534 Vancetank Rd
ZIP: 37620
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 5
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