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Bristol, Connecticut

  •   State: 
    Hartford County
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    41°40′52″N 72°56′26″W
      Area total: 
    26.81 sq mi (69.44 km²)
      Area land: 
    26.41 sq mi (68.39 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.40 sq mi (1.05 km²)
    420 ft (130 m)
    1785; Incorporated (town) 1785; Incorporated (city) 1911 Neighborhoods Cedar Lake Chippens Hill East Bristol Edgewood Federal Hill Forestville Village Maple End Northeast Bristol West End Rustic Terrace
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Hartford-East Hartford-Middletown, CT
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
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    Bristol, Hartford County, Connecticut, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    2,270.20 residents per square mile of area (889.5/km²)
      Household income: 
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Bristol is a suburban city located in Hartford County, Connecticut, United States, 20 miles (32 km) southwest-west of Hartford. The city is also 120 miles southwest from Boston, and approximately 100 miles northeast of New York City. As of the 2020 census, the population of the city was 60,833. Bristol was known as a clock-making city in the 19th century, and is the location of American Clock & Watch Museum. Today, Bristol is mostly residential and best known as the home of ESPN (which arrived in 1979), the American Clock and Watch Museum (since 1952), and Lake Compounce, Americas oldest operating theme parkopened in 1846. Bristol's nickname is the "Mum City", because it was once a leader in chrysanthemum production and still holds an annual Bristol Mum Festival. In the 1990s, the Blight Committee was formed to enforce appearance laws, and even demolish properties which it deems are unsightly and unkempt. In 2008, the Bristol Blight committee was disbanded in order to make way for the Bristol Code Enforcement Committee. The purpose of the new committee is to streamline the process of enforcing the powers of the former Bllight Committee. In addition, Bristol has begun another renovation of the downtown area, which has included a complete overhaul of a park in the city center of the center of Bristol. The Downtown Development Corporation was formed in 2008 to manage the renovation of downtown Bristol. It was incorporated as a city in 1911, and was named after Bristol, England.


Bristol was originally inhabited by the Tunxis Native American tribe, one of the Eastern Algonquian-speaking peoples that shared the lower Connecticut River Valley. Originally, Bristol was within the boundaries of Farmington, Connecticut, which was incorporated in 1645. Today, Bristol is mostly residential and best known as the home of ESPN (which arrived in 1979), the American Clock & Watch Museum (since 1952), and Lake Compounce, Americas oldest operating theme parkopened in 1846. In the 1990s, the Blight Committee was formed to enforce appearance laws, and even demolish properties which it deems are unsightly and unkempt. The Bristol Code Enforcement Committee has even greater powers and can now deal with both appearances and structural integrity issues of buildings in Bristol. In 2008, Bristol has begun another renovation of the downtown area. This has included a complete overhaul of a park in the center of the city. In addition, the outdated and underused Bristol Centre Mall from the mid-1960s was purchased by the city and demolished in then demolished in 2008, yielding a 17-acre site suitable for development, christened Depot Square by city officials. In 1785, New Cambridge was incorporated as the town of Bristol, named after Bristol, England. By the early 19th century, nearly all of the capital and skill in town was involved in the clock industry in some form or fashion. The clock business gave way to related industries, which included brass, springs, bearings, and hardware, and many ethnic groups arrived to work in the industries.


Bristol has a total area of 26.8 square miles (69.5 km²) According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a population of 1.0 million. The majority of Bristol's area is residential in character, though since 2008 there has been a push for commercial development in the city. The city is part of the Naugatuck Valley Regional Planning Organization following the closure of the Central Connecticut Regional Planning Agency. Forestville was the hunting grounds of the Tunxis tribe until the 19th century. The village was established in 1833 and named Forestville for its wooded surroundings. The boundaries of Forestville go from the Plainville town line, south to the Southington town line and west up to the industrial development along Middle street. Within the Forestville area, there are two subsections known as East Bristol and the Stafford District. At one time all of forestville had its own zip code. It has a library branch (Manross), post office, meeting hall, community group (Forestville Village Association), fire station, cemetery, funeral home, two urban parks (Quinlan Veterans Park and Clock Tower Park), Pequabuck Duck Race, Memorial Day Parade, Summer Concert Night, Pumpkin Festival, and a railroad station (no longer in use). It is located on the Connecticut Turnpike, which runs through the town of Bristol and into New Britain. The town of New Britain is in the eastern part of Connecticut.


As of the 2010 census, there were 60,477 people, 25,189 households, and 16,175 families residing in the city. The racial makeup of the city is 87.74% White, 3.84% African American, 9.64% Hispanic, 0.19% Native American, 1.94% Asian, and 0.02% Pacific Islander. The age diversity at the 2000 census was 23.2% under the age of 18, and 32.5% from 25 to 44. The median income for a household in theCity in 2010 was $57,610. The per capita income for the city was $30,573. Out of the total population, 8.7% of those under the Age of 18 and 5.9% of people 65 and older were living below the poverty line. The average household size was 2.38, and the average family size was2.94. The city has a population of 2,715, and a median age of 38 years. It is located on the Connecticut Turnpike, which runs through the town of Bristol. Bristol is home to the U.S. Army National Guard and the National Guard Air and Marine Corps Air Station, which is located in the town's downtown area. It also has a National Guard air base, which was built in the 1950s. It has a Navy base and a Marine Corps air base. It was the site of the World War II Battle of the Bulge, which began in World War I.


Bristol is home to ESPN's broadcast studios. Otis Elevator Company possesses the tallest elevator test tower in the United States in Bristol. Bristol Hospital is the largest private employer in the area. The city's economy is based on manufacturing, construction, and other services. Bristol is the home of the U.S. National Football League's New England Patriots. It is also home to the University of Rhode Island's football team, the Rhode Island Red Sox, and the New York Yankees baseball team. Bristol has a population of 1.2 million. The average household income in the city is $75,000. Bristol's unemployment rate is 3.7%. The average income for a family of four in Bristol is $60,000, and it is estimated that the city's population will reach 1.4 million by the end of the year. The median household income is $80,000; the average income of a family with four or more children is $82,500. The unemployment rate for the city as a whole is 2.9%. The city has a poverty rate of 3.3%. The unemployment rates for the state as a entire are 3.1%. The poverty rate for Bristol is 4.2%. The median income for the entire state is $50,000+. The average wage is $62,000 . The highest rate of poverty is 1.8 percent. The lowest rate of unemployment is 0.7 percent; the lowest rate is 1 percent.

Arts and culture

The first Bristol Mum Festival began on July 7, 1962, and included a parade. In 1963 the chrysanthemum ("Mum") was also added to the festival's name. In 2014, city leaders elected to adopt a new "brand" for the city. "All Heart" became the new logo on letterheads and T-shirts and even the "Mum Festival" leaders were "encouraged" to adopt the new image at the festival and parade. There is also a Polish-American Doynki festival every September, at St Stanislaus Church. Other attractions include the American Clock & Watch Museum, Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center, Bristol Military Memorial Museum, Bristol Historical Society Museum, Witch's Dungeon Classic Movie Museum, and the Harry Barnes Memorial Nature Center which is part of the Environmental Learning Centers of Connecticut. The city holds an annual street festival in September with a car show and a family farms weekend at Minors Farm, Shepherd Meadows and Roberts Orchard. It is also the home of the American Museum of Natural History, which is open to the public on weekdays from 9am to 5pm. It also has a museum, Bristol Museum of Art, which opens on the last day of the festival at 10am. It was founded in 1881. It has a collection of more than 1,000 pieces of art, including the Bristol City Museum of Fine Arts, which opened in 1883. The museum is located on the corner of Main and Main Streets.


Bristol has a summer collegiate baseball team called the Bristol Blues. Muzzy Field is one of the oldest ballparks in the United States. Bristol hosts the Little League New England and Mid-Atlantic Regional playoffs every August at the A. Bartlett Giamatti Little League Center. In 2012 and 2013, the City of Bristol approved funding for a significant renovation project of the historic ballpark. The Bristol Blues play their home games at Muzzi Field in Bristol, Rhode Island. The team is known as the 'Blues' and play in the Rhode Island Summer Collegiate Baseball League (RSCBL) The team has won two state championships and one regional championship in the last five years. The Blues have won the RSCBL title three times in a row, the most recent of which was in 2008. The club has won the state championship four times in the past five years, the last time in 2010. In 2011, the team won its first state championship in 25 years. In 2013, they won their second state title in 26 years. They have won their last two state titles in the summer of 2013 and 2014, the first in each of the last three years in the same season. The last time they won the title was in 1998. The city has won a state championship or two in the previous five years in a single season since the start of the 1990s. The most recent win came in 1998, when the team was runner-up in the New England League.

Parks and recreation

Parks in Bristol include Peck, Page, Rockwell, Bracket, Barnes Nature Center, Indian Rock, and Forestville Memorial. The city is also home to Lake Compounce (1846), the oldest continuously operated amusement park in North America. Bristol is home to the New England Carousel Museum and the Bristol Museum of Natural History, which houses the oldest carousel in the United States, dating back to 1846. Bristol has a population of 1.2 million. It is the second-largest city in New England, after Cambridge, Massachusetts, with 1.3 million people. It also has the third-largest population in the U.S., after Boston and New York City. It has one of the highest murder rates in the state, with more than 50 per cent in the last five years. It's the third most populous city in the country, after New Jersey and New Hampshire, and the fourth most populous in the nation. It was the site of the first recorded human sacrifice, in 1846, when a man was killed by a train at the age of 18. The town's population was 1.4 million in 1841. It had the highest rate of obesity in 1845, with nearly 40 per cent of the city's residents living in households that made more than $10,000 a year. The highest rate was in 1852, when the city had 1.5 million people living in homes that cost $1,000 or more a year, and it was the fifth-highest in the world.


The city is governed under a Mayor-council form of government. Both the mayor and councilpersons are elected every two years. Jeff Caggiano (R) was elected as mayor on November 2, 2021. Ellen Zoppo-Sassu (D), first elected in the 2017 municipal election and was re-elected in 2019. Bristol is in Connecticut's 1st congressional district and is currently represented by Democrat John B. Larson. At the federal level, Bristol is represented in the Connecticut House of Representatives by state representatives Cara Pavalock DAmato (R-77) and Whit Betts (R-78), and Chris Ziogas (D-79) The city's Treasurer, Board of Assessment Appeals, and Board of Education are also elected everyTwo years. As of the 2021 municipal elections, the members of the city council are: Republicans Sebastian Panioto and Jolene Lusitani, Democrats Jacqueline Olsen and Susan Tyler, and Republicans Andrew Howe and Cheryl Thibeault. The last municipal election was held on November2, 2021, and Bristol is currently in the 2nd district of Connecticut. The city is also in the 3rd district, which is represented by Republican Henri Martin. Bristol has a population of 3,000, and the city is in the 4th district ofConnecticut, where it is currently home to 2,000 people. Bristol's mayor and city council members are elected from three two member districts. The City Council is made up of six members, elected every 2 years from three three member districts, and has a mayor and six council members.


Bristol, Connecticut has seven elementary schools, two middle schools, and two high schools. Because some of the schools are in historic buildings, new schools are being sought by the city. It has been proposed that the entire education system of the city be redesigned, eliminating the middle school category. The Bristol Board of Education's appeals for support for this project have been met with mixed emotions. The city's public schools are funded by the state of Connecticut and the city of Bristol, along with a number of private foundations. The school system is funded by a combination of public and private sources, including the state and private foundations, as well as the city's general fund. It is estimated that the city has a budget of more than $100 million for the next fiscal year, and that it will be in the low to mid-teens by the end of the year. The state has a goal of $1.5 billion for the fiscal year 2015-16, and $1 billion for 2016-17. The goal is to have a high school graduation rate of at least 80% by the year's end, and a graduation rate in the mid-to-high school level of 80% or higher by the summer of 2016. The current graduation rate is 80%. The state's goal is 90%. The current high school enrollment rate is 85%. The average high school graduate in the state is in the high school class of 2014-15. The average graduation rate for the state in the past year was in the middle of the middle class.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Bristol, Hartford County, Connecticut = 17.8. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 51. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 11. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Bristol = 3.3 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 60,833 individuals with a median age of 39.9 age the population grows by 1.32% in Bristol, Hartford County, Connecticut population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 2,270.20 residents per square mile of area (889.5/km²). There are average 2.35 people per household in the 25,581 households with an average household income of $56,509 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 9.10% of the available work force and has dropped -3.68% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 23.54%. The number of physicians in Bristol per 100,000 population = 291.3.


The annual rainfall in Bristol = 48.7 inches and the annual snowfall = 51 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 134. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 188. 82 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 14.4 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 52, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Bristol, Hartford County, Connecticut which are owned by the occupant = 58.32%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 43 years with median home cost = $167,510 and home appreciation of 0.00%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $19.40 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $7,361 per student. There are 16.4 students for each teacher in the school, 456 students for each Librarian and 447 students for each Counselor. 7.37% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 10.77% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 5.44% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Bristol's population in Hartford County, Connecticut of 6,268 residents in 1900 has increased 9,71-fold to 60,833 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 51.34% female residents and 48.66% male residents live in Bristol, Hartford County, Connecticut.

    As of 2020 in Bristol, Hartford County, Connecticut are married and the remaining 45.33% are single population.

  • 24.1 minutes is the average time that residents in Bristol require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    86.09% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 9.68% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 0.62% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 1.29% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Bristol, Hartford County, Connecticut, 58.32% are owner-occupied homes, another 36.63% are rented apartments, and the remaining 5.05% are vacant.

  • The 54.99% of the population in Bristol, Hartford County, Connecticut who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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