Quality of Life

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 AmericaSafest 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

*of Bristol.



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.

TownsIndex Number
Bristol, RI116
Stonington, CT121.2
South Kingstown, RI124.2
Salem, MA125
Mystic, CT125.8
Portsmouth, NH127.8
Barrington, RI129.6
Newport, RI141.7
Rockport, MA142.3
Newburyport, MA142.5
Oak Bluffs, MA147.2
Arlington, MA171.2
via BestPlaces (September 2021)



Lowest Unemployment Rate

In Rhode Island


CTE Programs/Career Pathways Offered

Source: Bristol-Warren Regional School District

Bristol Jobs

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.



Minute Commute



Walk Score

*Downtown Bristol


Reduction in Mobility to Workplace

*Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Contact Us

Chris Vitale

Economic Development Coordinator

Phone: 401-253-7000 ext. 129