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Bristol, Tennessee - Basic Facts

The City of Bristol had a population of 27,273 as of July 1, 2016.

The primary coordinate point for Bristol is located at latitude 36.5585 and longitude -82.217 in Sullivan County. The formal boundaries for the City of Bristol (see map below) encompass a land area of 32.58 sq. miles and a water area of 0.14 sq. miles. Sullivan County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 1,676 feet.

The City of Bristol (GNIS ID: 2403927) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Bristol is located within Commissioner District 2, a minor civil division (MCD) of Sullivan County.

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: Sapling Grove.

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


Total Population 27,273
Population in Households 26,533
Population in Familes 20,739
Population in Group Qrtrs 740
Population Density1 837
Diversity Index2 19


Total Households 11,664
Average Household Size 2.27
Family Households 7,221
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 13,177 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 7,549 (57.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 4,116 (31.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,513 (11.5%)
Median Home Value $108,416
Average Home Value $150,116


Median Household Income $35,805
Average Household Income $51,225
Per Capita Income $22,690
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.34% 0.3%
Households 0.29% 0.27%
Families 0.21% 0.13%
Median Household Income   0.33%
Per Capita Income   1.4%
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, TN - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Bristol to the other 427 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Tennessee 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 # 28 94th
Population Density1 # 111 74th
Diversity Index2 # 202 53rd
Median Household Income # 260 39th
Per Capita Income # 144 67th

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