|Borough of Bristol|
Lions Park on the Delaware River
|Elevation||20 ft (6.1 m)|
|Area||1.9 sq mi (4.9 km2)|
|- land||1.6 sq mi (4 km2)|
|- water||0.2 sq mi (1 km2), 10.53%|
|Density||6,016.5 / sq mi (2,323 / km2)|
|- summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
Bristol is a borough in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, 23 miles (37 km) northeast of Philadelphia opposite Burlington, N.J. on the Delaware River. Bristol was first incorporated in 1720. Although its charter was revised in 1905, the original charter remains in effect, making Bristol one of the older boroughs in Pennsylvania. 7,104 people lived in Bristol in 1900; 9,256 in 1910; 10,273 in 1920; and 11,895 in 1940. The population was 9,726 at the 2010 census. The current Mayor is Robert Lebo. The first female Mayor was Margaret Stakenas, elected in 1979.
First settled as Buckingham (for Buckingham, England) in 1681, the borough of Bristol, Pennsylvania is about 30 minutes north of Center City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was originally used as a port and dock. Bristol is rich in history, boasting many historic and restored houses that line the streets of Radcliffe and Mill.
From its earliest days Bristol was a center of milling. With the building of the Delaware Canal and the Pennsylvania Railroad it became a center of transportation and an attractive location for industry.
By the 1880s Bristol was home to many factories, including companies manufacturing wall paper and carpet.
In 1961, Bristol gained national attention when the song "Bristol Stomp", by The Dovells hit #2 on the Billboard pop chart. The song remains a local favorite, and it is often played at ceremonies, parades, and sporting events.
The Bristol Historic District, Bristol Industrial Historic District, Delaware Division of the Pennsylvania Canal, Dorrance Mansion, General Stores and Mold Loft Building-Harriman Yard of the Merchant Shipbuilding Corporation, Grundy Mill Complex, Harriman Historic District, Jefferson Avenue School and Jefferson Land Association Historic District are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Delaware Division of the Pennsylvania Canal is also designated a National Historic Landmark District.
Attractions include the Bristol Riverside Theatre, and the Margaret R. Grundy Library and Museum. In the summer there are many festivals and free concerts, including the Antique Auto Show, Celtic Day, African-American Day, Italian Day, an Arts & Crafts Festival, the Fall Auto Show and Puerto Rican Day, all held at the Bristol Lions Park, Bristol Wharf and in the Historic Mill Street Shopping District by the Delaware River.
Silver Lake Park and Nature Center provides an area of recreation.
Bristol is located at .(40.103382, -74.851448)
According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.9 square miles (4.9 km2), of which, 1.6 square miles (4.1 km2) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) of it (10.81%) is water.
As of the 2010 census, the borough was 73.8% Non-Hispanic White, 9.5% Black or African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.6% Asian, and 3.5% were two or more races. 14.2% of the population were of Hispanic or Latino ancestry.
As of the census of 2000, there were 9,923 people, 4,004 households, and 2,442 families residing in the borough. The population density was 6,016.5 people per square mile (2,322.0/km²). There were 4,207 housing units at an average density of 2,550.8 per square mile (984.4/km²).
There were 4,004 households out of which 28.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.7% were married couples living together, 15.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.0% were non-families. 33.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.20.
In the borough the population was spread out with 24.5% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 30.5% from 25 to 44, 20.5% from 45 to 64, and 15.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 90.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.3 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $35,378, and the median income for a family was $44,517. Males had a median income of $35,090 versus $27,836 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $17,198. About 8.2% of families and 10.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.7% of those under age 18 and 10.5% of those age 65 or over.
The Bristol Borough School District comprises two public schools: Warren Snyder-John Girotti Elementary School (K-8) and Bristol High School (9-12). Other schooling opportunities in Bristol are offered through the Roman Catholic parish schools of both St. Ann Church (K-8) and St. Mark Church (K-8), both located in the borough. Conwell-Egan Roman Catholic School in Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania provides private/parochial schooling for children in grades 9-12. Higher education in Bristol includes Pennco Tech.
Notable people 
- Poul Anderson, science fiction writer.
- Daniel W. Bursch, astronaut.
- John F. Cordisco, former State Representative and Bucks County Democratic Committee Chairman.
- Tony DiStefano, motocross national champion.
- Ileen Getz (August 7, 1961 - August 4, 2005), actress.
- Joseph R. Grundy (January 13, 1863 – March 3, 1961), textile manufacturer, politician, U.S.Senator
- Lauren Holly, actress.
- Eddie James, convicted murderer.
- Brad Little, actor.
- Jeff Manto, professional baseball player.
- Joe McEwing, professional baseball player.
- Joseph McIlvaine (October 2, 1769 – August 19, 1826), United States Senator.
- William Rodman (October 7, 1757 – July 27, 1824), United States Congressman.
- Joanna Fox Waddill, American Civil War nurse; known as the "Florence Nightengale of the Confederacy."
- Todd Weiner, professional football player.
- Niles Young, professional wrestler.
- Will Thomas, novelist.
- Jeffrey Costello, fashion designer.
- John Thompson Dorrance, founder of Campbell Soup Company.
- William Edward Hanford (December 9, 1908 – January 27, 1996), chemist.
- David Todd, Record promoter and producer.
- Charlie Saxton, actor
See also 
- Bristol, Pennsylvania - LoveToKnow 1911
- Bristol Yard
- Bristol, PA: History, Destinations and Activities
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
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