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The Cities and communities of Bristol County, Rhode Island *


Barrington, Bay Spring, Beach Terrace, Bristol (County seat), Bristol Highlands


East Warren

Laurel Park


Peck Corner, Prudence Island

Touisset, Touisset Highlands

Warren, West Barrington

*This list of cities may not be complete. The list may contain towns, cities, villages, boroughs, townships, ghost towns and other populated places.

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Information & Facts about Bristol County, Rhode Island


Bristol County Clerk
1 Dorrance Plaza
Bristol, RI 02809
Phone: (508) 823-6588

Defiance Engine & Hose Company
Engine 3 - Bristol Fire Department
1124 Hope Street
Bristol, RI

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1990 - 48,859
2000 - 50,648
2004 -

Housing Units:
2000 - 19,881

population density:
2000 - 2,052 persons per square mile

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Bristol County is located in eastern Rhode Island. Massachusetts is to the east, Providence County to the west and Kent County also to the west.

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Other Facts & Figures:

Bristol County is the smallest county in the smallest state.

Median income:
2000 - $50,737 (household)
Per capita income:
2000 - $26,503
2002 -

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Mean temperature in January: 29.9 degrees
Mean temperature in July: 72.8 degrees
Mean annual precipitation: 39.41 inches

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Bristol County was created from Bristol, Mass. in 1747.

This area was a favorite to all who ventured here including the Chief of the Wampanoags, Massasoit. English settlers came as early as the mid 1600's. In 1747, the area left Massachusetts and became a part of Rhode Island. The towns of Warren and Bristol were seaports that were used extensively. During the Revolutionary War, both cities suffered greatly but quickly recovered due to their prominence in the shipping and related industries.

Established: February 17, 1747
Parent County: Newport

A history page for the East Bay

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Total land area - 25 square miles
Total water area - 20 square miles
Total area - 45 square miles

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US GenWeb Project page for Bristol County

Kindred Trails page for Bristol County

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Barrington Public Library
281 County Road
Barrington, RI 02806
Phone: 401-247-1920

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Schools: Barrington School District
283 County Road
Barrington, RI 2806

Bristol-Warren Regional School District
151 State Street
Bristol, RI 02809
Phone: 401-253-4000

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2004 - Manufacturing is the largest sector of the local economy

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Organizations & Groups

Aububon Society of Rhode Island
1401 Hope Street (Route 114)
Bristol, RI 02809
Phone: 401-245-7500

East Bay Chamber of Commerce
16 Cutler Street (Corner of Child Street)
Warren, Rhode Island 02885
Phone: 401-245-0750
Toll-free: 888-278-9948
Fax: 401-245-0110

East Bay Tourism Council
PO Box 588
Warren, RI 02885
Phone: 401-245-0750
Toll-free: 888-278-9948

Bristol Historical And Preservation Society
Library & Museum
48 Court Street
Bristol, RI 02809

Massasoit Historical Association
Post Office Box 203
Warren, Rhode Island 02885

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Attractions & Other Information

The Fourth of July is celebrated here in style and has been celebrated here since 1785 - the oldest Fourth of July Celebration around!

Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
101 Ferry Road
Route 114
Bristol, RI 02809
Phone: 401-253-2707

Bristol Train of Artillery
135 State Street
Bristol, RI 02809
PHone: 401-521-9136
Open by appointment only
See rare specimens of military weapons and artifacts, shoulder arms, sabers, documents and other memorabilia of BTA members dating back to the American Revolution.

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