Settled in 1681, Bristol is home to nearly 23,000 Rhode Islanders. As one of Rhode Island’s original ports of call, Bristol is most known for having the Oldest 4th of July Celebration in America.
Bristol has positioned itself as a community that is an ideal place to work, live, and play. Bristol is ranked among the Best Small Towns in America, Safest Cities in America, and Most Interesting U.S. Destinations.
Miles to Downtown Providence
*from Downtown Bristol.
Hours or Less to All Major Metros in the Northeast
*including Washington, Baltimore, New York, Newark, Philadelphia, Hartford, and Boston.
International Airports Within 60 Minutes
Safest Community in Rhode Island
Source: Safewise, 2021
Healthiest County in Rhode Island
Source: U.S. News, 2021
County to Retire to in Rhode Island
Source: Stacker, 2021
Best College Town in America
Source: Elite Personal Finance, 2021
Best Suburb for Young Professionals in Rhode Island
Source: Niche, 2021
Best Place to Live in New England
Source: Money Inc, 2019
Cost of Living Comparison
Bristol is comparatively lower in overall cost of living than many popular New England suburbs. The Index Number includes groceries, housing utilities, transportation, health care, and miscellaneous goods and services.
|South Kingstown, RI||124.2|
|Oak Bluffs, MA||147.2|
Lowest Unemployment Rate
In Rhode Island
CTE Programs/Career Pathways Offered
Source: Bristol-Warren Regional School District
Bristol offers a place to belong and make a difference in the community. Bristol is home to a thriving manufacturing sector and offers diverse job opportunities.
Reduction in Mobility to Workplace
*Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Economic Development Coordinator
Phone: 401-253-7000 ext. 129