Bristol was recently ranked #16 out of the 50 "Safest College Towns in America" by SafeWise. Data provided by the National Center for Educational Statistics shows that in 2011-2012, there were 4,706 2 and 4 year degree granting institutions in the United States. https://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=84
From the SafeWise website..." In order to give you a sense of how college towns all over the nation are protecting their communities, SafeWise security experts evaluated the most recent FBI Crime statistics available. Then we coupled that data with our own research that focuses on safety-related programs and initiatives, culminating in 2015's "50 Safest College Towns in America."