Bristol city, Virginia

According to the 2000 Census, Bristol city, Virginia has a population of 17,367 people. Of those, 16,072 (94%) are White, 967 (5%) are Black, and 169 (994%) are Latino[1]. However, 96 (or 1% of the 17,367 people) are not residents by choice but are people in prison.

Even though prisoners cannot participate in the local community, the Census Bureau nevertheless counts them as residents of the county where they are incarcerated.

A more accurate description would not include the prisoners. This would give Bristol city a population of 17,271 with a demographic that is 93% White, 5% Black, and 1% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 17,367 96 17,271
White 16,072 68 16,004
Black 967 28 939
Latino 169 0 169


[1]The numbers for Whites, Blacks and Latinos may not add up to the total number because we have not included racial groups other than Whites and Blacks and because the Census Bureau considers "Latino" to be an ethnicity, not a race. Most of the people reported as being Latino are also counted as being White or Black.

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  • May 15, 2018:
    Our Policy Analyst Lucius Couloute will be at the LEDA Summit on Race and Inclusion in Holland, Michigan, presenting his research on the challenges and disadvantages people face when they are released from prison. Tickets are available on LEDA’s website.

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