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Welcome to Bristol ...

The city of Bristol is located in Sullivan County<1>.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Bristol has a population of 26,997 people<2> (see below for details).

We don't have a date for the establishment of Bristol.

Bristol is 1,620 feet [494 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: Bristol lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

The telephone area code for Bristol: (423)

The ZIP code for Bristol: 37620<4>

Websites for Bristol ...

Official Website: www.bristoltn.org/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Bristol had an population of 26,997 people. This is an increase of 1.1% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 8.77% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Bristol had a population of 26,702 people (or 17.03% of the total population of Sullivan County). This makes Bristol the county's 2nd most populous community.

The population of Bristol represents 0.42% of the total population of Tennessee (which has 6,346,105 people), making it the state's 26th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 26,702 people, the population of Bristol increased 7.58% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 24,821 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Bristol.

Communities Also Named Bristol ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 44 communities that are also named Bristol - they are located in Arkansas, California (2), Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois (2), Indiana, Iowa, Kansas (2), Louisiana (2), Maine, Manitoba, Maryland (2), Michigan (3), Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada (2), New Brunswick, New Hampshire, New York, Nova Scotia, Ohio (2), Pennsylvania, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, Virginia (2), Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Bristol.

Communities near Bristol ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Bristol.

  • Elizabethton (16 miles [25.7 km] to the south)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Elizabethton
    • Elizabethton lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<5> to the south of Bristol and is located in Carter County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 13,479 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Elizabethton
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Elizabethton<6>
  • Cross (6 miles [9.7 km] to the west)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cross
    • Cross lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<5> to the west of Bristol and is located in Sullivan County
    • Estimated population in 2014: 11,330 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cross
  • Mill Point (9 miles [14.5 km] to the west)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mill Point
    • Mill Point lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<5> to the west of Bristol and is located in Sullivan County
    • Estimated population in 2014: 11,080 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mill Point
  • Bloomingdale (16 miles [25.7 km] to the west)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bloomingdale
    • Bloomingdale lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<5> to the west of Bristol and is located in Sullivan County
    • Population from the 2010 Census: 9,888 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bloomingdale have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bloomingdale
  • Winchester (14 miles [22.5 km] to the east)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Winchester
    • Winchester lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<5> to the east of Bristol and is located in Johnson County
    • Estimated population in 2014: 8,547 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Winchester have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Winchester
  • Colonial Heights (18 miles [29 km] to the southwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Colonial Heights
    • Colonial Heights lies 18 miles [29 km]<5> to the southwest of Bristol and is located in Sullivan County
    • Population from the 2010 Census: 6,934 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Colonial Heights have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Colonial Heights
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Colonial Heights<6>
  • Harrtown (11 miles [17.7 km] to the west)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Harrtown
    • Harrtown lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<5> to the west of Bristol and is located in Sullivan County
    • Estimated population in 2014: 4,365 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Harrtown have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Harrtown
  • Spurgeon (18 miles [29 km] to the southwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Spurgeon
    • Spurgeon lies 18 miles [29 km]<5> to the southwest of Bristol and is located in Washington County
    • Population from the 2010 Census: 3,957 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Spurgeon
  • Blountville (8 miles [12.9 km] to the southwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Blountville
    • Blountville lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<5> to the southwest of Bristol and is located in Sullivan County
    • Population from the 2010 Census: 3,074 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Blountville have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Blountville
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Blountville<6>
  • Bluff City (9 miles [14.5 km] to the southwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bluff City
    • Bluff City lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<5> to the southwest of Bristol and is located in Sullivan County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,672 people
    • Former name for Bluff City:
    • Zollicoffer
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bluff City
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Bluff City<6>

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Bristol. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Bristol.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Bristol. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Bristol.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Bristol. Our list includes 8 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Bristol.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Bristol ...

Looking for more information about Bristol? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Bristol, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Bristol.

Adding Bristol to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Bristol in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Bristol was on a map titled Map of Tennessee (from Rand McNally, 1888).

We also found Bristol in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Bristol on our Genealogy Page.

Recent Changes to RoadsideThoughts ...

Mentions & References for Bristol

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About Sullivan County

About Tennessee

The official website for Bristol: www.bristoltn.org/

The official website for Sullivan County: www.sullivancounty.org/

The official website for State of Tennessee: https://www.tn.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Tennessee's counties, including Sullivan, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Bristol.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Bristol - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Bristol). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Bristol or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Bristol) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Bristol. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from BristolOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bristol. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 36.5929, Longitude: -82.1888    
<6>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<7>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.




 

 

 

 

 


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