Welcome to Bristol
Bristol is a historic town located in Bristol County, Rhode Island. The town is built on the traditional territories of the Pauquunaukit Wampanoag. It is a deep-water seaport named after Bristol, England. The population of Bristol is approximately 22,000. Until 1854, Bristol was one of the five state capitals of Rhode Island. Major industries include boat building and related marine industries, manufacturing, and tourism. Surrounded by water with Narragansett Bay on the west and Mount Hope Bay on the east, Bristol’s harbor has over 800 moorings to accommodate the robust boating community. The town’s school system is regionalized with neighboring Warren, Rhode Island.