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Bristol is a village in Kenosha County, Wisconsin, United States. It was incorporated in 2009 from portions of the Town of Bristol. The population was 2,584 at the 2010 census. The former unincorporated communities of Bissell, Cypress, Pikeville, and Woodworth are located in the village.

Bristol, Wisconsin
Location of Bristol in Kenosha County, Wisconsin
Location of Bristol in Kenosha County, Wisconsin
Bristol is located in Wisconsin
Location of Bristol in Kenosha County, Wisconsin
Bristol is located in the United States
Bristol (the United States)
Coordinates: 42°33′32″N 88°02′57″W / 42.55889°N 88.04917°W / 42.55889; -88.04917Coordinates: 42°33′32″N 88°02′57″W / 42.55889°N 88.04917°W / 42.55889; -88.04917
Country United States
State Wisconsin
 • TypeVillage board
 • Total33.19 sq mi (85.95 km2)
 • Land32.83 sq mi (85.03 km2)
 • Water0.36 sq mi (0.92 km2)
Elevation778 ft (237 m)
 • Total2,584
 • Estimate 
 • Density153.34/sq mi (59.20/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP Code
Area code(s)262
FIPS code55-09800
GNIS feature ID1562217[2]


The Bristol area's first settler was Rollin Tuttle, who arrived in April 1830.[5] The village was named in 1836 for two brothers, George and Lester Bristol.[6]

The first Barnum circus to play in Wisconsin played in Bristol before the Civil War.[7]

In November 2009, residents of the Town of Bristol living in the 9 square miles (23 km2) of the northwest corner of the town voted to incorporate as a village.[8] The incorporation became official on December 1, 2009, when a certificate of incorporation was issued by the Secretary of State of Wisconsin. The first elections for village officials took place on January 19, 2010.[9]

In early January 2010, village officials approved filing a petition with the county court to hold a referendum on annexing the remainder of the Town of Bristol.[10] On June 29, 2010, the village of Bristol voted to annex the remainder of the town of Bristol. The annexation took effect on July 4, 2010. A small section of the town was also annexed by the village of Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin.[9]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 9.03 square miles (23.39 km2), of which, 8.91 square miles (23.08 km2) of it is land and 0.12 square miles (0.31 km2) is water.[11]

Bristol has several residential neighborhoods:


Bissell is located at the intersection of Kenosha County Highways C (Wilmot Road) and MB, just south of the residential neighborhood of Woodworth.[12] A feed, flour and coal business was a part of community life in 19th-century Bissell, especially after a U.S. post office was established within that building in 1893; however, the post office closed 16 months later.


Cypress is a neighborhood flanking U.S. Highway 45 at 128th Street (Kenosha County Highway WG), just north of the Wisconsin-Illinois border. At the time it was settled, the village was named Hoadley, and had its own post office under that name.[12]


Pikeville is a residential and agricultural community[13] (originally named Pikeville Corners) named for three brothers surnamed Pike. It was settled around the one-room Pikeville School (now a restaurant) in the 19th century. It is centered along U.S. Route 45 at 116th Street, approximately one mile north of the Wisconsin-Illinois border, on the eastern shore of Mud Lake.[14][15]


Woodworth is located on Kenosha County Highway MB at 82nd Street.[16] The Kenosha and Rockford Railroad (the "KD Line") brought prosperity and activity to Woodworth, and a U.S. post office (ZIP Code 53194) is located there. By 1920, a large serum laboratory had been built in Woodworth. It provided wartime vaccines for troops and civilians. Woodworth's rural appearance has been featured in at least one on-location television commercial, as well as in the 1999 movie, The Last Great Ride, starring Ernest Borgnine and Eileen Brennan.[17]


Bristol has a commercial/industrial/small business incubator park and is home to the Bristol Renaissance Faire theme park, as well as the Pringle Nature Center.[18]


Census Pop.
Est. 20175,034[4]94.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[19]

2010 censusEdit

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 2,584 people, 934 households, and 716 families residing in the village. The population density was 290.0 inhabitants per square mile (112.0/km2). There were 1,006 housing units at an average density of 112.9 per square mile (43.6/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 94.9% White, 1.2% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 1.4% from other races, and 1.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.6% of the population.

There were 934 households of which 39.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.6% were married couples living together, 11.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 23.3% were non-families. 17.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.77 and the average family size was 3.15.

The median age in the village was 39 years. 26.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.8% were from 25 to 44; 32.2% were from 45 to 64; and 8.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 49.6% male and 50.4% female.


  1. ^ "2017 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Mar 28, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  4. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved March 24, 2018.
  5. ^ 'Racine Journal,' December 22, 1902, pg. 1
  6. ^ Chicago and North Western Railway Company (1908). A History of the Origin of the Place Names Connected with the Chicago & North Western and Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha Railways. p. 47.
  7. ^ Wisconsin Encyclopedia By Federal Writers' Project of the Works Progress Administration, Jennifer L. Herman page 271
  8. ^ Deneen Smith "Bristol votes yes to incorporation", November 3, 2009. 'Kenosha News
  9. ^ a b Town of Bristol Archived May 29, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ Bill Guida "New Bristol border battle brewing?", Kenosha News, January 7, 2010. Kenosha News article
  11. ^ "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-01-24. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  12. ^ a b
  13. ^ Hometown Locator
  14. ^ Pikeville on Archived February 25, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ Mud Lake website Archived February 25, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ Hometown Locator: Woodworth
  17. ^ Video ETA The Last Great Ride
  18. ^ Pringle Nature Center
  19. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.

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