Bristol, Tennessee

city in Sullivan County, Tennessee, United States

Bristol is a city in Sullivan County, Tennessee, United States. Its population was 27,147 at the 2020 census.[4] It is the twin city of Bristol, Virginia, which lies directly across the state line between Tennessee and Virginia. The boundary between the two cities is also the state line, which runs along State Street in their common downtown district. Bristol is a principal city of the Kingsport−Bristol−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.

Bristol, Tennessee
State Street in downtown Bristol, Tennessee (left) and Bristol, Virginia (right)
State Street in downtown Bristol, Tennessee (left) and Bristol, Virginia (right)
Flag of Bristol, Tennessee
Nickname: 
The Birthplace of Country Music
Motto: 
A Good Place To Live
Location of Bristol in Sullivan County, Tennessee
Location of Bristol in Sullivan County, Tennessee
Bristol is located in Tennessee
Bristol
Bristol
Location in Tennessee
Bristol is located in the United States
Bristol
Bristol
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 36°35′N 82°11′W / 36.583°N 82.183°W / 36.583; -82.183
CountryUnited States
StateTennessee
CountySullivan
Incorporated1856[1]
Named forBristol, England[2]
Area
 • Total32.83 sq mi (85.03 km2)
 • Land32.68 sq mi (84.63 km2)
 • Water0.15 sq mi (0.40 km2)
Elevation
1,676 ft (511 m)
Population
 • Total27,147
 • Density830.79/sq mi (320.77/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP Codes
37617, 37620, 37621 & 37625
Area code423
FIPS code47-08540
GNIS feature ID1327702[5]
Websitewww.bristoltn.org

Bristol is probably best known for being the site of some of the first commercial recordings of country music. The U.S. Congress declared Bristol as the "Birthplace of Country Music" in 1998, and the Birthplace of Country Music Museum is located in Bristol. It also is the birthplace of Tennessee Ernie Ford.

Bristol is also the site of Bristol Motor Speedway, a NASCAR racetrack that is one of the best-known in the country.

History

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Before 1852, Bristol was owned by Reverend James King. His son-in-law, Mr. Joseph R. Anderson, bought 100 acres of the plantation, and named it Bristol[6] after Bristol, Connecticut. The G.W. Blackley House, one of the oldest houses in Bristol, was constructed in 1869.

Climate

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Climate data for Bristol, Tennessee (Tri-Cities Regional Airport), 1991–2020 normals,[a] extremes 1937–present
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 79
(26)
82
(28)
85
(29)
90
(32)
94
(34)
103
(39)
102
(39)
101
(38)
100
(38)
94
(34)
82
(28)
78
(26)
103
(39)
Mean maximum °F (°C) 67
(19)
70
(21)
77
(25)
84
(29)
87
(31)
92
(33)
93
(34)
92
(33)
90
(32)
83
(28)
75
(24)
68
(20)
94
(34)
Average high °F (°C) 46.5
(8.1)
50.9
(10.5)
59.4
(15.2)
69.4
(20.8)
77.1
(25.1)
83.8
(28.8)
86.4
(30.2)
85.8
(29.9)
80.7
(27.1)
70.2
(21.2)
58.7
(14.8)
49.5
(9.7)
68.2
(20.1)
Daily mean °F (°C) 36.4
(2.4)
40.0
(4.4)
47.4
(8.6)
56.4
(13.6)
64.7
(18.2)
72.3
(22.4)
75.6
(24.2)
74.5
(23.6)
68.6
(20.3)
57.3
(14.1)
46.4
(8.0)
39.3
(4.1)
56.6
(13.7)
Average low °F (°C) 26.3
(−3.2)
29.2
(−1.6)
35.4
(1.9)
43.3
(6.3)
52.3
(11.3)
60.7
(15.9)
64.7
(18.2)
63.2
(17.3)
56.4
(13.6)
44.3
(6.8)
34.2
(1.2)
29.2
(−1.6)
44.9
(7.2)
Mean minimum °F (°C) 8
(−13)
11
(−12)
18
(−8)
28
(−2)
37
(3)
49
(9)
56
(13)
54
(12)
43
(6)
29
(−2)
19
(−7)
13
(−11)
4
(−16)
Record low °F (°C) −21
(−29)
−15
(−26)
−2
(−19)
21
(−6)
30
(−1)
38
(3)
45
(7)
43
(6)
33
(1)
20
(−7)
5
(−15)
−9
(−23)
−21
(−29)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 3.65
(93)
3.81
(97)
3.96
(101)
3.79
(96)
3.82
(97)
3.92
(100)
5.00
(127)
3.76
(96)
2.84
(72)
2.52
(64)
3.14
(80)
3.76
(96)
43.97
(1,117)
Average snowfall inches (cm) 3.0
(7.6)
3.0
(7.6)
1.1
(2.8)
0.1
(0.25)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.3
(0.76)
1.7
(4.3)
9.2
(23)
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in) 12.7 12.7 13.6 11.7 12.6 12.4 12.8 10.8 8.4 8.5 9.8 12.2 138.2
Average snowy days (≥ 0.1 in) 2.8 2.7 1.1 0.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.4 1.6 8.8
Source: NOAA[7][8]
  1. Mean monthly maxima and minima (i.e. the highest and lowest temperature readings during an entire month or year) calculated based on data at said location from 1991 to 2020.
 
Bristol Motor Speedway

Television:

Note-WEMT is licensed to Greeneville, Tennessee, but co-located with sister station WCYB-TV.

Notable people

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References

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  1. Tennessee Blue Book (PDF). 2005–2006. pp. 618–625. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 March 2006.
  2. Bristol Chamber of Commerce, "About Bristol Archived December 21, 2012, at the Wayback Machine". Retrieved: 17 January 2013.
  3. "ArcGIS REST Services Directory". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 15, 2022.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "QuickFacts: Bristol city, Tennessee". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 17, 2024.
  5. "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  6. "History of Bristol | Bristol, TN - Official Website". www.bristoltn.org. Retrieved 2020-06-01.
  7. "NowData – NOAA Online Weather Data". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved May 28, 2021.
  8. "Station: Bristol Tri City AP, TN". U.S. Climate Normals 2020: U.S. Monthly Climate Normals (1991-2020). National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved May 28, 2021.