South Bristol, New York

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South Bristol is a town in Ontario County, New York, USA. The population was 1,645 at the 2000 census. The name is derived from its separation from the Town of Bristol.

The Town of South Bristol is in the southwest part of the county. It claims to be the smallest town (by population) in the county.



South Bristol was part of the Phelps and Gorham Purchase. Settlement commenced in the year the county was formed, 1789.

The Town of South Bristol was established in 1838 from a partition of the Town of Bristol.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 42.0 square miles (108.9 km²), of which, 39.1 square miles (101.2 km²) of it is land and 3.0 square miles (7.8 km²) of it (7.13%) is water.

The east town line, marked by Canandaigua Lake, is the border of Yates County.

North-south highways, NY 21 and NY 64 intersect in Bristol Springs.

Mud Creek and Mill Creek form deep north-south valleys in the town.

Adjacent towns and areas

The Town of Richmond, containing Honeoye Lake, shares South Bristol's west town line. The Town of Naples is to the south. The Town of Bristol is on the north, and the Town of Middlesex in Yates County is on the opposite shore of Canandaigua Lake.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,645 people, 670 households, and 469 families residing in the town. The population density was 42.1 people per square mile (16.3/km²). There were 1,145 housing units at an average density of 29.3/sq mi (11.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.05% White, 0.18% African American, 0.18% Native American, 0.61% Asian, 0.30% from other races, and 0.67% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.85% of the population.

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