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Where to Retire in Bristol and Home Prices

According to City-data.com, the median sale price of a home in Bristol was only about $70,000, in late 2013.  Low home prices are probably due to the fact there are more than 40 manufactured home communities within the two Bristols.

What is special about Bristol

Bristol is a small town proud of its music history and is a tourist destination for country music lovers.  It also has many parks and large green spaces, along with a downtown with several sites on the National Register of Historic places, which includes the Bristol Railroad Station and commercial historic buildings.

What is not special about Bristol

Bristol is small and isolated from large cities.  The nearest large airport is in Charlotte, NC more than 200 miles away. Bristol is not considered a walkable community.

Climate and Physical Environment

The average January temperature in Bristol is 33 degrees.  The average July temperature is about 73 degrees.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Known as "The Birthplace of Country Music",  Bristol is full of music history with country music murals and monuments lining State Street. The new Birthplace of Country Music Alliance Museum provides live performances and also features collections of musical instruments and memorabilia from country music legends. Bristol is a also a popular stop along The Crooked Road: Virginia's Heritage Music Trail.   The  Bristol International Speedway which is actually on theTennessee side, is home to the “world’s fastest half-mile” and hosts two NASCAR races each year.  Baseball fans can enjoy the Bristol White Sox, an Advanced Rookie Team with the Chicago White Sox. The town also has 15 parks and recreational areas for horseback riding, hiking and wildlife watching.

Crime

The crime rate in Bristol is a little below the national average.

Medical facilities

Wellmont Bristol Regional Hospital is nearby in Bristol, Tennessee.

Transportation

Tri-Cities Regional Airport is in Blountville, Tennessee, about 20 miles away;  the closest international airport is in Charlotte, NC about 200 miles away;  Bristol is below average in walkability when compared to other towns.

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