Racing fans have certainly heard of Bristol, but this unique city offers more than the excitement of NASCAR events. While the famed motor speedway is located in Tennessee, Bristol is actually a set of twin cities that straddle the border in this northeast Tennessee/Southwest Virginia community in the Tri-Cities region.

Each city has its own municipal government and the state line, which is in the center of State Street in downtown Bristol, separates the two cities. Working together, the two cities have contributed to the economic growth of the area while maintaining southern traditions. Real estate in Bristol, TN and Bristol, VA remains a viable investment for personal and professional reasons.

Education is important to the residents of Bristol, and the city of proud of its well funded and highly regarded school system. It is also the home of King University, a private university with additional campuses located in Kingsport, Knoxville and Nashville.

In 1998, Bristol was declared the "Birthplace of Country Music" by the U.S. Congress for its contributions to early country music and its influence and is home to the new Birthplace of Country Music Museum., an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. There are numerous opportunities to enjoy music in Bristol, from the Downtown Music Series to events at the Viking Hall Civic Center.

Downtown Bristol is vibrant and growing, with numerous shops, business and restaurants offering fun and entertainment. Outdoor lovers will find a number of activities due to the many parks, lakes, rivers and trails found in the beautiful setting near the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Haynesfield Aquatic Center provides a great venue for swimming and even has a doggie swim!

Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS) is the 4th largest sports venue in the United States. The high-banked half-mile track makes for exciting racing for the drivers and the fans. BMS currently hosts 7 NASCAR races which bring large amounts of visitors to the area.

Anyone looking at real estate in Bristol, VA or Bristol, TN should see that history, education, entertainment and commerce are all combined to form its appeal and success.

Bristol Tennessee Facts and Figures

Median age: 42

Median household income: $32,785

Median home value: $101,553

Median property tax: $1,084

Cost of living index: 82.2 (less than average, the U.S. average is 100)

Primary Industries

  • Manufacturing (18%)
  • Retail trade (17%)
  • Construction (11%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (7%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (7%)
  • Health care and social assistance (7%)


Tri-Cities Regional Airport (IATA Code TRI)

Health Care

Select Specialty Hospital-Tri-Cities
Wellmont Bristol Regional Medical Center
Wellmont Hospice
FMC Bristol
Bristol Nursing Home
Cambridge House


Bristol has ten public and one private elementary/middle school(s) along with one public high school and one private high school.

Elementary and Middle Schools

Vance Middle School
Avoca Elementary School
Haynesfield Elementary School
Anderson Elementary School
Holston View Elementary School
Weaver Elementary School
Emmett Elementary School
Fairmount Elementary School
Holston Valley Middle School
Central Elementary School
Tennessee Avenue Christian Academy

High Schools
Tennessee High School
Mountain Empire Baptist School

Colleges and Universities

Northeast State Community College (about 14 miles; Blountville, TN)
East Tennessee State University (about 21 miles; Johnson City, TN)
Appalachian State University (about 38 miles; Boone, NC)
Tusculum College (about 42 miles; Greeneville, TN)
Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College (about 53 miles; Cumberland, KY)
Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute (about 64 miles; Hudson, NC)
Wilkes Community College (about 64 miles; Wilkesboro, NC)


Spring/Summer Average - 78 degrees
Fall/Winter Average - 38 degrees