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Bristol, Connecticut

Bristol is a city located in Hartford County, Connecticut. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 60,062. It is a small town in Central Connecticut, often considered to be the birthplace of the American Spring Industry. The spring manufacturing industry is still a large employer in the town. However, Bristol is better known today as the home of ESPN, whose central studios are in the town.


According to the
United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 69.5 km² (26.8 mi²). 68.7 km² (26.5 mi²) of it is land and 0.9 km² (0.3 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 1.27% water.


As of the census of 2000, there are 60,062 people, 24,886 households, and 16,175 families residing in the city. The population density is 874.8/km² (2,265.8/mi²). There are 26,125 housing units at an average density of 380.5 persons/km² (985.6 persons/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 91.60% White, 2.68% African American, 0.22% Native American, 1.47% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 2.40% from other races, and 1.60% from two or more races. 5.27% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 24,886 households out of which 29.6% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.6% are married couples living together, 11.5% have a woman whose husband does not live with her, and 35.0% are non-families. 28.9% of all households are made up of individuals and 10.7% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.38 and the average family size is 2.94.

In the city the population is spread out with 23.2% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 32.5% from 25 to 44, 22.2% from 45 to 64, and 14.9% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 38 years. For every 100 females there are 93.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 90.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $47,422, and the median income for a family is $58,259. Males have a median income of $40,483 versus $30,584 for females. The per capita income for the city is $23,362. 6.6% of the population and 4.8% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 8.7% are under the age of 18 and 5.9% are 65 or older.