Bristol is a town in and the historic county seat of Bristol County, Rhode Island. It is part of the Providence-New Bedford-Fall River Metro Area. It has a total area of 20.6 square miles. 10.5 square miles of the area is water, and the rest is land. It is named after the city in England. It was incorporated in 1746.
Manufacturing, marine industries, boat building and tourism are the major commercial activities here. The town has a number of attractions, including America's Cup Hall of Fame, Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum, Bristol Customshouse and Post Office, Herreshoff Marine Museum, Poppasquash Farms Historic District, Coggeshall Farm Museum and many more. The annual official and historic celebrations are called Patriotic Exercises. They were established in 1785 and continue to the present day. There are five public schools here. Options for higher education include Roger Williams University and Roger Williams University School of Law. The closest hospital is Southampton Hospital, located about 81 miles away in Southampton, New York. The cost of living here is 32.70% higher than the country average.
This place gets about 45 inches of rain annually. The number of days with measurable precipitation is 125. Snowfall is about 35 inches annually.