By GreatSchools Staff
Education quality score: 73.22
Median home price: $85,850
Varoom! This midsize town with the NASCAR Motor Speedway is accelerating its young people into the future. Famous for being the "birthplace of country music" and the hometown of Tennessee Ernie Ford, Bristol boasts recreational thrills: the Appalachian Trail, six golf courses, caverns, lakes, and creeks. America's Promise Alliance selected Bristol as one of the 100 best communities for young people, due to its low crime rate, cultural amenities (ballet, theater, and art), new public library (150,000 books), and highly acclaimed school system.
Washington Lee Elementary — located across the state line in the twin city of Bristol, Va. — has the best local rating (8 on GreatSchools), with abundant praise for its teaching staff. Bristol families receive generous support from local organizations like King Pharmaceuticals, the Massengill-DeFriece Foundation, Bristol Speedway Children's Charities, King College, and Northeast State Community College. Demographics here are quite "pale" — 95.5% white, 2.97% African American, .68% Hispanic, and .64% Asian. However, Bristol has socioeconomic diversity, with 19.4% of its children living below the poverty line.
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