Bristol, VA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Bristol, Virginia - Basic Facts

The City of Bristol had a population of 17,539 as of July 1, 2016. Bristol ranks in the lower quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Virginia. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Bristol is located at latitude 36.617 and longitude -82.1576 in Bristol (city) County. The formal boundaries for the City of Bristol (see map below) encompass a land area of 13.01 sq. miles and a water area of 0.14 sq. miles. Bristol (city) County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 1,680 feet.

The City of Bristol (GNIS ID: 1498416) has a C7 Census Class Code which indicates an incorporated place that is independent of any county. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Bristol population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Bristol: Goodson, Sappling Grove.

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Bristol, VA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 17,539
Population in Households 17,314
Population in Familes 13,220
Population in Group Qrtrs 225
Population Density1 1,348
Diversity Index2 22


Total Households 7,791
Average Household Size 2.22
Family Households 4,664
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 8,805 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 4,580 (52.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 3,211 (36.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,014 (11.5%)
Median Home Value $100,838
Average Home Value $140,366


Median Household Income $36,325
Average Household Income $45,973
Per Capita Income $20,645
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.27% -0.25%
Households -0.18% -0.32%
Families -0.33% -0.43%
Median Household Income   -0.17%
Per Capita Income   0.22%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Bristol, VA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Bristol to the other 593 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Virginia by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 70 88th
Population Density1 # 192 68th
Diversity Index2 # 460 22nd
Median Household Income # 487 18th
Per Capita Income # 458 23rd

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Virginia Census Data Comparison Tool.