Bristol, Virginia

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Bristol, Virginia
City
A sign welcomes visitors to the twin cities of Bristol, Virginia and Bristol, Tennessee.
A sign welcomes visitors to the twin cities of Bristol, Virginia and Bristol, Tennessee.
Flag of Bristol, Virginia
Flag
Official seal of Bristol, Virginia
Seal
Nickname(s): The Birthplace of Country Music
Motto: A Good Place To Live
VAMap-doton-Bristol.PNG
Coordinates: 36°36′N 82°11′W / 36.600°N 82.183°W / 36.600; -82.183
CountryUnited States
StateVirginia
Government
 • TypeCouncil-manager
 • MayorCatherine Brillhart
 • Vice MayorArchie Hubbard
 • City ManagerTabitha Crowder
Area
 • City13.3 sq mi (34 km2)
 • Land13.2 sq mi (34 km2)
 • Water0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)
Elevation1,680 ft (512 m)
Population (2010)
 • City17,835
 • Density1,372/sq mi (530/km2)
 • Metro500,901
Time zoneEastern (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
Zip Codes24201 and 24202
Area code(s)276
FIPS code51-09816[1]
GNIS feature ID1492633[2]
Websitewww.bristolva.org
 
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This article is about the southwest Virginia city of Bristol. For the northern Virginia town of Bristow, see Bristow, Virginia.
Bristol, Virginia
City
A sign welcomes visitors to the twin cities of Bristol, Virginia and Bristol, Tennessee.
A sign welcomes visitors to the twin cities of Bristol, Virginia and Bristol, Tennessee.
Flag of Bristol, Virginia
Flag
Official seal of Bristol, Virginia
Seal
Nickname(s): The Birthplace of Country Music
Motto: A Good Place To Live
VAMap-doton-Bristol.PNG
Coordinates: 36°36′N 82°11′W / 36.600°N 82.183°W / 36.600; -82.183
CountryUnited States
StateVirginia
Government
 • TypeCouncil-manager
 • MayorCatherine Brillhart
 • Vice MayorArchie Hubbard
 • City ManagerTabitha Crowder
Area
 • City13.3 sq mi (34 km2)
 • Land13.2 sq mi (34 km2)
 • Water0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)
Elevation1,680 ft (512 m)
Population (2010)
 • City17,835
 • Density1,372/sq mi (530/km2)
 • Metro500,901
Time zoneEastern (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
Zip Codes24201 and 24202
Area code(s)276
FIPS code51-09816[1]
GNIS feature ID1492633[2]
Websitewww.bristolva.org
State Street separates Virginia (left) and Tennessee (right)

Bristol is an independent city in the U.S. state of Virginia As of the 2010 census, the population was 17,835.[3] It is bounded by Washington County, Virginia, Bristol, Tennessee, and Sullivan County, Tennessee.

It is the twin city of Bristol, Tennessee, just across the state line, which runs down the middle of its main street, State Street. The Bureau of Economic Analysis combines the city of Bristol, Virginia with Washington County for statistical purposes. Bristol is a principal city of KingsportBristol–Bristol, TN-VA Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is a component of the Johnson City–Kingsport–Bristol, TN-VA Combined Statistical Area – commonly known as the "Tri-Cities" region.

History[edit]

Originally named Goodson, it was renamed Bristol (after Bristol, England) in 1890.

The Grove, Solar Hill Historic District, and Walnut Grove are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[4]

Geography[edit]

Bristol is located at 36°36′N 82°11′W / 36.600°N 82.183°W / 36.600; -82.183 (36.6111, -82.1762).[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 13.2 square miles (34 km2), of which 12.9 square miles (33 km2) is land and 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2) (2.05%) is water.

The city is served by Interstate 81, U.S. Routes 58, 421 and 11.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
CensusPop.
19004,579
19106,24736.4%
19206,7297.7%
19308,84031.4%
19409,76810.5%
195015,95463.3%
196017,1447.5%
197014,857−13.3%
198019,04228.2%
199018,426−3.2%
200017,367−5.7%
201017,8352.7%
Est. 201317,341−2.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2012[3]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 17,367 people, 7,678 households, and 4,798 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,346.4 people per square mile (519.8/km²). There were 8,469 housing units at an average density of 656.6 per square mile (253.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 92.54% White, 5.57% Black or African American, 0.25% Native American, 0.37% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.18% from other races, and 1.08% from two or more races. 0.97% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 7,678 households out of which 24.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.1% were married couples living together, 13.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.5% were non-families. 34.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.18 and the average family size was 2.78.

In the city, the population was spread out with 20.3% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 26.2% from 25 to 44, 24.4% from 45 to 64, and 20.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females, there were 82.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 75.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $27,389, and the median income for a family was $34,266. Males had a median income of $28,420 versus $20,967 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,311. About 13.2% of families and 16.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.8% of those under age 18 and 12.4% of those age 65 or over.

Sales Tax: Non-grocery 5.3%; Grocery 2.5%; Restaurant Meal 12%

Government[edit]

July 1, 2014 thru June 30, 2015:

Government

Emergency Services

School System

Past Mayors[edit]

The City of Bristol, Virginia is served by two law enforcement agencies. They are the City Police and the City Sheriff's Department.

Police Department[edit]

501 Scott Street, Bristol, VA 24201; Department Line: (276) 645-7400, Tips Line: (276) 466-TIPS

The Bristol, Virginia Police Department is a full service law enforcement agency providing police field services twenty-four (24) hours a day. The department has 53 sworn police officer positions, and a non-sworn support staff of 21 full-time members for a total of 74 members. Included in the support staff is the city's E-911 Central Dispatch Emergency Communication Center which provides call taking and dispatch service for police, fire and EMS needs.

The men and women of the Bristol Police Department are dedicated to the department's mission -

    Preservation of the peace    Protection of life and property    Prevention of crime    Apprehension of criminals    Recovery of lost and stolen property    Enforcement of the law, fairly and impartially 

Sheriff Department[edit]

417 Cumberland Street, Bristol, VA 24201; Department Line: (276) 645-7430

It is an objective of the Bristol Virginia Sheriff's Office to operate and administer to all courts serving the City of Bristol, Virginia by providing courtroom security for all facets of these courts' operations as well as carrying out all court orders directed to the Sheriff, to serve civil process issued by the courts, making all levies, attachments, and services as described in the process, and to operate the Bristol Virginia City Jail by providing the public of this locality with protection from societal offenders, by assisting the courts regarding offender dispositions, by providing assistance to adult and juvenile offenders, to promote law abiding behavior and by providing just and humane care in the management of these offenders. The effective performance of these duties will ensure this department of efficiency and economic balance as well as motivation for improved employee performance through the promotion of training and education opportunities in these areas.

In addition, the Bristol Virginia Sheriffs Office is committed to every citizen of our city. The Sheriff’s Office will provide drug education for our cities youth through our participation in Project D.A.R.E., in cooperation with the Bristol Virginia School System, and make available crime prevention programs to all citizens in our community.

Fire Department[edit]

211 Lee Street, Bristol, Virginia 24201; Department Line: (276) 645-7304

Special Operations

Our efforts were recognized by the Insurance Services Office in 1994 when the Bristol Virginia Fire Department was evaluated as an ISO Class 4 Fire Department under the Fire Suppression Rating Schedule (FSRS). The FSRS is the manual ISO uses in reviewing the fire-fighting capabilities of individual communities. The schedule measures the major elements of a community's fire-suppression system and develops a numerical grading called a Public Protection Classification.

Technology[edit]

Despite its relatively small size, Bristol, Virginia boasts one of the most advanced broadband networks in the country. Bristol Virginia Utilities (BVU) started planning a fiber optic deployment in the city in the late 1990s. By the year 2001, BVU had been granted approval by the City Council of Bristol for a full deployment of a Fiber to the premises (FTTP or FTTU, fiber to the user) project. This project was to offer competition to local incumbents and provide broadband Internet, cable TV, and telephone service to the residents of Bristol. This deployment was one of the first of its kind in the United States and was widely watched by the telecommunications industry. A system known as Passive optical network (PON) was successfully deployed to over 6000 customers in a matter of 2 years.

Today, Bristol Virginia is still one of only a few FTTP deployments in the country with a significant number of customers online. Bristol’s twin, Bristol, Tennessee, is also deploying an FTTP system similar to its neighbor across the state line.

Economy[edit]

Top employers[edit]

According to Bristol's 2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[11] the top employers in the city are:

#Employer# of Employees
1City of Bristol676
2Electro-Mechanical Corporation600
3OfficeMax500
4
5
6Strongwell350
7Commonwealth of Virginia250
8Shearer's Foods225
9Ball218
10Aerus201
11United Parcel Service193

Education[edit]

In 2007 and 2008, Bristol was named one of the Best 100 Communities for Music Education[12][13][14]

Colleges[edit]

High School[edit]

1200 Long Crescent Drive; Phone: (276) 821-5858; Principal: Ronnie Collins

21264 Battle Hill Drive; Phone: (276) 642-5300; Principal: Jeff Hawkins

Middle School[edit]

501 Piedmont Avenue; Phone: (276) 821-5660; Principal: Bo Love

Elementary Schools[edit]

1405 Eads Avenue; Phone: (276) 821-5710; Principal: Pam Smith

2045 W. Euclid Avenue; Phone: (276) 821-5740; Principal: Dr. Linda Brittle

200 Springhill Terrace; Phone: (276) 821-5770; Principal: Steve Bonney

900 Washington Lee Drive; Phone (276) 821-5800; Principal: Faith Mabe

Private Schools[edit]

Culture[edit]

"Birthplace of Country Music"[edit]

Bristol was recognized as the "Birthplace of Country Music," according to a resolution passed by the US Congress in 1998; residents of the city had contributed to early country music recordings and influence.

In 1927 record producer Ralph Peer of Victor Records began recording local musicians in Bristol to attempt to capture the local sound of traditional 'folk' music of the region. One of these local sounds was created by the Carter Family. The Carter Family got their start on July 31, 1927, when A.P. Carter and his family journeyed from Maces Spring, Virginia, to Bristol, Tennessee, to audition for Peer who was seeking new talent for the relatively embryonic recording industry. They received $50 for each song they recorded.

Since 1994, the Birthplace of Country Music Alliance has promoted the city as a destination to learn about the history of the region and its role in the creation of an entire music genre. The Alliance is organizing the building of a new Cultural Heritage Center to help educate the public about the history of country music in the region.[15][16]

Professional sports[edit]

Bristol hosts the Bristol Pirates baseball team of the Appalachian League.

Former NASCAR driver Kelly Denton is from the city.

On the Tennessee side, Bristol is home to Bristol Motor Speedway, the "world's fastest half mile", which hosts two races per year on the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit, two races per year on the NASCAR Nationwide Series circuit, one race per year on the Camping World Truck Series circuit, and various other racing events. The complex includes the Bristol Dragway, nicknamed "Thunder Valley," referencing the hills that echo the engine noise back toward the crowd.

Media[edit]

Television:

Newspaper:

Radio:

Public Library[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 36°36′40″N 82°10′34″W / 36.6111°N 82.1762°W / 36.6111; -82.1762