Bristol, Virginia Education and City Information

Bristol, Virginia, is located in the southwestern corner of the state. Residents of this city have easy access to numerous colleges, universities and career schools in the nearby area. Get details about its population and economy and find out about school options below.

About Bristol, Virginia

Bristol is located just across the border from its twin city of Bristol, Tennessee. It is part of the Tri-Cities metropolitan area, which includes the cities of Bristol, Johnson City and Kingsport. Residents of this city have easy access to West Virginia, Kentucky and North Carolina. It has a population of 17,141 residents as of 2015 U.S. census estimates.

Bristol is 1,615 feet above sea level. The average January low temperature is about 23 degrees while the average July high temperature is around 85 degrees. Bristol receives approximately 16 inches of snow each year and 47 inches of rain each year.

With plenty of parks and recreational venues, Bristol provides a playground for outdoor and sports enthusiasts. National forests, lakes and mountains surround the city, which also offers a variety of special events and attractions throughout the year.


The city of Bristol, VA, does not have any postsecondary schools. Abingdon, VA, is about 12 miles away and is the home of Washington County Adult Skill Center and Virginia Highlands Community College. Both of these schools offer certificate programs, while Virginia Highlands also offers associate's degrees.

Across the border in Tennessee, students can find numerous educational opportunities available, including East Tennessee State University, King University and Milligan College. East Tennessee State University's medical school was named the eighth best school in the nation for rural medicine by U.S. News & World Report in 2016.


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of March 2016, the Tri-Cities area employed 21,300 people in manufacturing, 25,800 people in trade, transportation and utilities, and 19,000 people in education and health services.

Some of the city's top employers include Electro Mechanical Corporation, the City of Bristol, Bristol City Public Schools, Snack Alliance Inc., and the Highlands Community Services Board.

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