At A Glance

Settled in 1681, Bristol is home to nearly 23,000 Rhode Islanders. As one of Rhode Island’s original ports of call, Bristol is known for having the “Oldest 4th of July Celebration in America”. The month-long festivities attract over 100,000 tourist each year. Bristol is ranked among the Best Small Towns in America, Safest Cities in America, and Most Interesting U.S. Destinations. The Town of Bristol is a popular relocation destination due to its proximity to nearby metros and scenic views. The Town of Bristol has a thriving maritime industry, composite manufacturing core, wedding industry, and restaurant scene. Bristol is the home of Roger Williams University, which has over 4,000 students in its undergraduate program.

Looking for more information? Contact Chris Vitale by emailing cvitale@bristolri.gov.