Bristol, VA 

7 Reviews | Review This Place | Photos and Maps



-2.1% since 2000

Unemployment Rate


Cost of Living

75.3 / 100

Median Home Price


Median Income


Comfort Index (Climate)

8.3 / 5.7

summer / winter

Download our City ReportsDownload our City Reports

Bristol, VA

Bristol, Virginia is a charming city that is situated in the Appalachian Mountains. Home to more than 18,000 people, Bristol offers its residents plenty of activities and attractions. With numerous outdoor parks and a vibrant downtown area, it's no wonder that the city was named The Birthplace of Country Music. Bristol also features a variety of festivals such as the Border Bash music festival and Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion. Additionally, the city is home to some historic sites like Steele Creek Park and the Bristol Train Station. With its rich culture and abundance of recreational activities available, Bristol is an amazing place to live. Small-city complex - Northeastern tip of Tennessee at the Virginia border.
State: Virginia
County: Bristol City County
Metro Area: Kingsport-Bristol Metro Area
City: Bristol
Zip Codes: 24201 24202
Cost of Living: -24.7% lower
Time zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Elevation: 1259 ft above sea level
Buying or selling a home?
Find top real estate agents in Bristol.

Cost of living
Nearby recreation
Diverse economy
Low educational attainment

What Bert Has To Say About Kingsport-Bristol Metro Area

Johnson City was recently split off this “Tri Cities” metro area, although this remaining area still has three names, with Bristol listed twice because it straddles the Tennessee-Virginia line. Johnson City is the college town and minor cultural center of the area. Kingsport and Bristol, 20 miles separated, are typical small Southern centers supporting an assortment of industrial and agricultural activities. Chemicals, forest products, glass, textiles, and metal products are produced in the area.


The unemployment rate in Bristol is 6.0% (U.S. avg. is 6.0%). Recent job growth is Positive. Bristol jobs have increased by 1.8%. More Economy

Compared to the rest of the country, Bristol's cost of living is 24.7% lower than the U.S. average. More Cost of Living or Compare Bristol's Cost of Living

September, June and May are the most pleasant months in Bristol, while January and February are the least comfortable months. Today's Weather | Climate Averages

In the last Presidential election, Bristol city county remained overwhelmingly Republican, 68.5% to 29.6%. More Voting Stats

Bristol's population is 16,996 people. Since 2020, it has had a population decline of 3.5%. Learn More...

Average Commute time is 21.1 minutes. The National Average is 26.4 minutes. Learn More...

The median home cost in Bristol is . Home appreciation the last 10 years has been 18.7%.

Bristol public schools spend $11,458 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,383. There are about 12.3 students per teacher in Bristol. More Education

Bristol Rankings

       View All

Housing Market in Bristol

It's a good time to buy in Bristol. Home Appreciation is up 18.7% in the last 12 months.
The median home price in Bristol is .

Reviews for Bristol   7 Reviews
Life hack if you are new to the area - 3/31/2019
Eat and live on the TN side, shop on the VA side.... Read More

Start Your Review of Bristol

Not for me - 9/5/2018
I’ve lived here my whole life and the crime/drug rate keeps going up. This area is starting to go downhill. Not to mention the property taxes are... Read More

If you’re on meth then it’s the town for you! - 9/1/2018
Lived here my whole life basically and this place is going downhill. It’s a drug area. Mostly people on meth and pills. I feel like the crime rate just keeps going up.... Read More

View More Data >

Compare Bristol, VA to any other place in the USA.
Compare Now

Check out the latest Maps in a variety of categories including cost of living, population, and commute time. You can also use our New Interactive Map to explore places.Bristol,Virginia Map
24201 24202


Members receive 10 FREE city profile downloads a month, unlimited access to our detailed cost of living calculator and analysis, downloadable reports, and more.

Try Now