Bristol, Virginia Population 2021

16,916
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Bristol is a city located in Virginia. With a 2020 population of 16,916, it is the 32nd largest city in Virginia and the 2132nd largest city in the United States . Bristol is currently growing at a rate of 0.46% annually but its population has decreased by -5.15% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 17,835 in 2010. Bristol reached it's highest population of 19,042 in 1980. Spanning over 13 miles, Bristol has a population density of 1,311 people per square mile.

The average household income in Bristol is $53,193 with a poverty rate of 22.62%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $687 per month, and the median house value is $111,700. The median age in Bristol is 42.2 years, 39.7 years for males, and 44.3 years for females.

Bristol Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Bristol was:

  • White: 90.46%
  • Black or African American: 5.70%
  • Two or more races: 3.18%
  • Other race: 0.43%
  • Asian: 0.22%
  • Native American: 0.00%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.00%
The current population of Bristol, Virginia is 16,916 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 16,685.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 17,835.

Bristol, Virginia Population 2021

2019 and 2020 population is estimated by projecting the raw 2018 numbers.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
2021308,1344660.15%
2020307,6684660.15%
2019307,2024660.15%
2018306,7362400.08%
2017306,4964790.16%
2016306,017-262-0.09%
2015306,279-919-0.30%
2014307,198-613-0.20%
2013307,811-812-0.26%
2012308,623-475-0.15%
2011309,098-382-0.12%
2010309,4800.00%

Bristol Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White15,29990.46%
Black or African American9645.70%
Two or More Races5383.18%
Some Other Race730.43%
Asian380.22%
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Bristol Population by Race

Bristol Population Pyramid $2021

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Bristol Median Age

42.2


Total

39.7


Male

44.3


Female

Bristol Adults

There are 13,308 adults, (3,456 of whom are seniors) in Bristol.

Bristol Age Dependency

71.7

Age Dependency Ratio

35.1

Old Age Dependency Ratio

36.6

Child Dependency Ratio

Bristol Sex Ratio

Female

8,951

52.93%

Male

7,961

47.07%

Bristol Population by Age

Bristol Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Bristol Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married77.1%22.9%
All60.4%39.6%
Male57.1%42.9%
Non Family54.5%45.5%
Female29.3%70.7%

60.4%

Rate of Home Ownership

Bristol Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All7,3342.2660.4
Non Family3,1021.1354.5
Married3,0443.0477.1
Female1,0413.1629.3
Male1473.2757.1

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Average Family Size

2.26

Average Household Size

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Bristol Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade3843.18%
9th to 12th Grade1,46612.13%
High School Graduate3,58529.67%
Some College2,62821.75%
Associates Degree9537.89%
Bachelors Degree1,81415.01%
Graduate Degree1,25410.38%
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Bristol Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Bristol Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White11,1799,4832,760
Black626581270
2+ Races1617028
Hispanic8062
Asian383810

The highest rate of high school graduation is among asian people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among black people with a rate of 43.13%.

Bristol Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$31,001$32,167$27,712
Less Than 9th Grade$15,640$16,488$
High School Graduate$23,767$30,541$16,465
Some College$26,969$32,486$22,394
Bachelors Degree$43,839$44,926$43,645
Graduate Degree$51,020$54,375$46,480

$31,001

Average Earnings

$32,167

Average Male

$27,712

Average Female

Bristol Earnings by Educational Attainment

Bristol Language by Age

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Bristol Language

97.55% of Bristol residents speak only English, while 2.45% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Other Indo-European, which is spoken by 1.69% of the population.

Bristol Language

Bristol Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White14,6492,99720.46%
Black90533837.35%
Multiple53726248.79%
Hispanic3917318.67%
Other7373100.00%
Asian371027.03%

22.62%

Overall Poverty Rate

21.26%

Male Poverty Rate

23.82%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Bristol

The race most likely to be in poverty in Bristol is Other, with 100.00% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Bristol is Hispanic, with 18.67% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 5.88%. Among those working part-time, it was 22.25%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 26.52%.

Bristol Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade33.39%
High School21.08%
Some College13.13%
Bachelors or Greater9.42%

Bristol Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Male Unemployed49.47%
Female Unemployed30.49%
Female Employed11.10%
Male Employed7.86%

Bristol Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Bristol Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$37,500$53,193
Families$53,902$69,515
Married Families$67,601-
Non Families$22,051$29,723
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Income by Household Type

Bristol Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

46.8%

Overall Marriage Rate

49.0%

Male Marriage Rate

44.7%

Female Marriage Rate

Bristol Married by Age and Sex

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Bristol Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 45-54, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Bristol Marital Status by Race

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Bristol Marital Status

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1,216

Number of Veterans

1,166

Male Veterans

50

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam586
Second Gulf War166
First Gulf War150
Korea133
World War II51

Bristol Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
65 to 74511
75+264
35 to 54189
55 to 64183
18 to 3469

Bristol Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White1,1589.45%
Black486.58%
2+ Races103.56%

Bristol Veterans by Race

Bristol Veterans by Education

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12.25%

Veteran Poverty Rate

45.07%

Veteran Disability Rate

Bristol Veterans by Education

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54.2%

Labor Force Participation

50.9%

Employment Rate

6.1%

Unemployment Rate

Bristol Employment by Age

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Bristol Employment by Race

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Bristol Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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45.62%

Born in Bristol

98.95%

Native Born

1.05%

Foreign Born

0.33%

Non Citizen

0.73%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

98.95% of Bristol residents were born in the United States, with 45.62% having been born in Virginia. 0.33% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Bristol Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202116,916770.46%
202016,839770.46%
201916,762770.46%
201816,685-195-1.16%
201716,880-208-1.22%
201617,088-58-0.34%
201517,146-45-0.26%
201417,191-195-1.12%
201317,386-306-1.73%
201217,692-25-0.14%
201117,717-49-0.28%
201017,7663990.23%
200017,367-1,059-0.59%
199018,426-616-0.33%
198019,0424,1852.51%
197014,857-2,287-1.42%
196017,1441,1900.72%
195015,9546,1865.03%
19409,7689281.00%
19308,8402,1112.77%
19206,7294820.75%
19106,2471,6683.15%
19004,5791,6774.67%
18902,9020.00%

Bristol Population by Year