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The Commonwealth of Virginia is divided into ninety-five counties and thirty-eight independent cities, which are considered county-equivalents for census purposes.

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City of Bristol, Virginia

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Bristol is an independent city in the state of Virginia. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 17,835. It is the twin city of Bristol, Tennessee, just across the state line, which runs down the middle of its main street, State Street. The Bureau of Economic Analysis combines the city of Bristol, Virginia, with neighboring Washington County, Virginia, for statistical purposes. Bristol is a principal city of the Kingsport-Bristol, TN-VA Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is a component of the Johnson City-Bristol, TN-VA Combined Statistical Area ?#8364;" commonly known as the "Tri-Cities" region.

Etymology - Origin of City of Bristol Name

Bristol, on the Tennessee-Virginia border in Washington County, originally was called Goodson, for Samuel Goodson, its founder. Goodson was established in 1850 and incorporated as a town in 1856. In 1852 the town of Bristol, Tennessee, was laid out contiguous to Goodson. In 1890, Goodson was incorporated as a city, and its name was changed to Bristol, for its Tennessee neighbor.

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County QuickFacts: City of Bristol

City History

Bristol, Virginia incorporated as a city in 1890. Formerly called Goodson which was incorporated in 1856 and established in 1850. Located in Washington County. [Virginia Genealogy, Sources & Resources, by Carol McGinnis, Genealogical Publishing Inc., Baltimore, MD, 1993.]

Goodson, Virginia established in 1850. Later called Bristol and incroporated as a town in 1856. [Virginia Genealogy, Sources & Resources, by Carol McGinnis, Genealogical Publishing Inc., Baltimore, MD, 1993.]

Goodson, Virginia was incorporated as a town in 1856. Incorporated as a city in 1890 and renamed Bristol. Geographically located in Washington County. [Virginia Genealogy, Sources & Resources, by Carol McGinnis, Genealogical Publishing Inc., Baltimore, MD, 1993.]

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 13.2 square miles (34.1 km2), of which, 12.9 square miles (33.4 km2) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.7 km2) of it (2.05%) is water. The city is served by I-81, US-58, US-421, and US-11.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Bristol is an independent city in Virginia, bounded by Washington County, Virginia, and Sullivan County, Tennessee.

Education

Colleges

Virginia Intermont College closed in 2014
Sullins College closed in 1978

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Virginia High School (City School)

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