Named after Bristol, England, by homesick settlers, this small American town is one of the oldest in Elkhart County. Platted sometime in the 1830s and situated along the St. Joseph’s River, Bristol was a busy river port until the railroad took over in the 1850s. Today, the town is still known for its abundance of family-owned businesses.
Home to more than 1,500 people, Bristol’s population has increased by 18 percent since 2000. This tight-knit community continues to grow because of its relatively low cost of living and close proximity to major cities like Chicago and Indianapolis. The median age of a Bristol resident is 36 years old, making this Indiana gem attractive to young families. The median household income was $45,740 in 2012 (about the same as the state average).
If you’re looking to explore the outdoors, you can either take a stroll through one of the town’s three parks (Congdon Park, Hermance Park, and Cummins Park) or take a walk along the St. Joseph’s River while taking in the sights. A visit to the Bristol Opera House or the Bristol History Museum will help you scratch your itch for history and culture. When you’re ready to grab a bite, don’t forget to order a pie at Chicago’s Downtown Eatery! It’s the best authentic Chicago-style pizza in town.
Among all the cities and towns in the United States, Bristol earned 56th Best Green Cities, 61st America’s Safest Cities, and 91st America’s Least Stressful Cities. It also ranked as one of the Top 300 Best Places to Live in 2005 (272). With the consistent growth in jobs added to the equation, the town continues to attract more people.
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