Bristol is an independent city in the U.S. state of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 17,835. It is bounded by Washington County, Virginia, Bristol, Tennessee, and Sullivan County, Tennessee.
It is the twin city of Bristol, Tennessee, just across the state line, which runs down the middle of its main street, State Street. The Bureau of Economic Analysis combines the city of Bristol, Virginia with Washington County for statistical purposes. Bristol is a principal city of Kingsport–Bristol–Bristol, TN-VA Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is a component of the Johnson City–Kingsport–Bristol, TN-VA Combined Statistical Area – commonly known as the "Tri-Cities" region.