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Bristol, Virginia - Basic Facts

The City of Bristol had a population of 17,359 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Bristol: Goodson, Sappling Grove.

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Bristol, VA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 17,359
Daytime Population: Workers 12,046
Daytime Population: Residents 10,129
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 22,175
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.28
Population in Households 17,140
Population in Familes 13,045
Population in Group Qrtrs 219
Population Density2 1,334
Diversity Index3 23


Median Household Income $36,352
Average Household Income $47,861
Per Capita Income $21,403


Total Housing Units 8,815 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 4,425 (50.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 3,258 (37.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,132 (12.8%)
Median Home Value $108,191
Average Home Value $148,299


Total Households 7,683
Average Household Size 2.23
Family Households 4,579
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population -0.37% -0.45%
Households -0.35% -0.54%
Families -0.53% -0.67%
Median Household Income   0.4%
Per Capita Income   2.24%

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, 2017 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 # 74 88th
Population Density # 196 67th
Diversity Index # 456 24th
Median Household Income # 500 16th
Per Capita Income # 459 23rd

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