Bristol, New York

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Bristol is a town in Ontario County, New York, USA. The population was 2,421 at the 2000 census. The town is named after Bristol County, Massachusetts by settlers from New England.

The Town of Bristol is in the western half of the county, southwest of Canandaigua, NY.



The region was visited by the explorer Robert de LaSalle in the 17th Century in order to see a burning spring (natural gas) known to the natives, members of the Seneca tribe.

The Sullivan Expedition to destroy native villages passed through Bristol in 1779. Some of the soldiers were impressed with the area and later returned to buy land.

The town area was first settled around 1788. The Town of Bristol was formed in 1789, but the first town meeting was not held until 1797. In 1838 part of the town was used to form the Town of South Bristol.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 36.8 square miles (95.2 km²), of which, 36.7 square miles (95.2 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.05%) is water.

U.S. Route 20A passes across the town. New York State Route 64 is a north-south highway in the southeast part of the town.

Mud Creek is an important stream in the town.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,421 people, 895 households, and 690 families residing in the town. The population density was 65.9 people per square mile (25.4/km²). There were 989 housing units at an average density of 26.9/sq mi (10.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.14% White, 0.33% African American, 0.50% Native American, 0.37% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, and 0.62% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.50% of the population.

There were 895 households out of which 39.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.7% were married couples living together, 6.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.8% were non-families. 17.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.05.

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