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Bristol is a city located in Sullivan County, Tennessee. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 24,821. It is the twin city of Bristol, Virginia, just across the state line , which runs down the middle of State Street. Along with Kingsport, Tennessee and Johnson City, Tennessee the Bristols form the Tri-Cities. Bristol is probably best known for being the site of the first commercial recordings of country music, showcasing Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family, and as the site of a NASCAR short track which routinely sells out more than 160,000 seats twice annually. Tickets to Bristol Motor Speedway are the most sought-after in all of sports. The city is also the home of King College.
Bristol is located at 36°34'9" North, 82°11'51" West (36.569135, -82.197489).
As of the census2 of 2000, there are 24,821 people, 10,648 households, and 6,825 families residing in the city. The population density is 326.5/km² (845.8/mi²). There are 11,511 housing units at an average density of 151.4/km² (392.2/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 95.15% White, 2.97% African American, 0.31% Native American, 0.64% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.23% from other races, and 0.70% from two or more races. 0.68% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 10,648 households out of which 26.2% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.0% are married couples living together, 11.4% have a female householder with no husband present, and 35.9% are non-families. 32.1% of all households are made up of individuals and 14.1% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.26 and the average family size is 2.84.
In the city the population is spread out with 21.1% under the age of 18, 9.1% from 18 to 24, 27.2% from 25 to 44, 24.7% from 45 to 64, and 17.9% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 40 years. For every 100 females there are 90.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 87.3 males.
The median income for a household in the city is $30,039, and the median income for a family is $37,341. Males have a median income of $28,210 versus $21,173 for females. The per capita income for the city is $18,535. 15.0% of the population and 11.5% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 19.4% of those under the age of 18 and 12.0% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.
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