Bristol, MN

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Bristol, MN

About Bristol, MN

Bristol, MN is a small city located in the southwestern corner of the state and it offers its residents a wonderful quality of life. The city boasts an array of amenities including local parks, small shops, and cultural attractions. Residents can enjoy a variety of activities such as hiking and biking on the many trails in the area or fishing along picturesque lakes like Lake Minnetonka. Families can also find excellent schools, with plenty of extracurricular activities available to keep everyone entertained. With its relaxed atmosphere and friendly people, Bristol is an ideal place to settle down and call home. Mid-sized city - Southeastern Minnesota, 45 miles west of Wisconsin and 35 miles north of Iowa.

Location Details

State: Minnesota
County: Fillmore County
Metro Area: Rochester Metro Area
City: Bristol
Zip Codes: No Zip Codes Here.
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Time zone: Central Standard Time (CST)
Elevation: 1006 ft above sea level
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Rochester is a mid-sized commercial and agricultural center with a diverse economy. But its biggest claim to fame is the renowned Mayo Clinic medical research and practice center, which covers some 18 city blocks in the downtown core. This is a major economic driver as well as a strong healthcare presence in the area. Mayo and its related facilities give Rochester the best healthcare statistics and rating in the country, and brings a strong educational presence as well.

Other notable employers include IBM and some agribusiness and food processing industries. Although the population exceeds 1 million, Rochester has a small-town feel, and is known especially for its good park system and low crime rates. Missing amenities or services are available in Minneapolis-St. Paul, 80 miles to the northwest. The nearby Dorer state forest, known for its hardwood forests, provides outdoor recreation. Downsides include harsh winters, some unemployment outside the healthcare industry, and a general lack of entertainment and activities.

Rochester, in the shallow Zumbro River Valley, is surrounded by rolling and wooded terrain ranging from 1,000 feet to 1,300 feet in elevation. The climate is continental with large seasonal temperature variations and four definite seasons. Summers are pleasant but can be warm. Winters are cold and variable with periods of bitter cold and regular snow cover. Rochester lies near a storm track and the northern edge of the influx of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico, a position resulting in strong storms year-round. Flooding can occur on the Zumbro River in spring and summer. First freeze is late September, last is early May.

Bristol Cost of Living

Outdoor recreation, educated population, and healthcare make Bristol a great place to live.

-9.8% lower than avg
-4.7% lower than avg
$749 /mo
Monthly rent (2br)
-53.3% lower than avg
Bristol Crime
16.3 / 100
Crime is ranked on a scale of 1 (low) to 100 (high). US average: 35.4
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