Bristow, Virginia

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Bristow (the United States)
Coordinates: 38°43′22″N77°32′10″W / 38.72278°N 77.53611°W / 38.72278; -77.53611 Coordinates: 38°43′22″N77°32′10″W / 38.72278°N 77.53611°W / 38.72278; -77.53611
CountryUnited States
State Virginia
County Prince William
  Total14.58 sq mi (37.8 km2)
  Density2,000/sq mi (780/km2)
Demonym(s) Bristigian
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
  Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
Area code(s) 703, 571
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A birds-eye view of a residential part of Bristow.

Bristow is an unincorporated community of Prince William County in Northern Virginia about 30 miles from Washington, DC. In 2014, Bristow's postal area population was 29,346, a 287% increase since 2000; [1] however, the Bristow community is formally included in the Linton Hall, Virginia census-designated place (CDP).

Unincorporated area Region of land not governed by own local government

In law, an unincorporated area is a region of land that is not governed by a local municipal corporation; similarly an unincorporated community is a settlement that is not governed by its own local municipal corporation, but rather is administered as part of larger administrative divisions, such as a township, parish, borough, county, city, canton, state, province or country. Occasionally, municipalities dissolve or disincorporate, which may happen if they become fiscally insolvent, and services become the responsibility of a higher administration. Widespread unincorporated communities and areas are a distinguishing feature of the United States and Canada. In most other countries of the world, there are either no unincorporated areas at all, or these are very rare; typically remote, outlying, sparsely populated or uninhabited areas.

Prince William County, Virginia County in the United States

Prince William County is located on the Potomac River in the Commonwealth of Virginia in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 402,002, on July 1, 2018, the population was estimated to be 468,011, making it Virginia's second-most populous county. Its county seat is the independent city of Manassas.

Northern Virginia Region in Virginia, United States

Northern Virginia, locally referred to as NOVA or NoVA, comprises several counties and independent cities in the Commonwealth of Virginia in the United States. It is a widespread region radiating westward and southward from Washington, D.C. With an estimated 3,149,413 residents in 2018, it is the most populous region of Virginia and the Washington metropolitan area.


Bristow is home to Jiffy Lube Live outdoor concert stage which was formerly known as the Nissan Pavilion.

Jiffy Lube Live

Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Virginia, is an outdoor amphitheater in suburban Prince William County, about 35 miles west of Washington, D.C. Owned and operated by Live Nation, the amphitheater can seat 25,262: 10,444 in reserved seats and 14,818 on the lawn.

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Jiffy Lube Live

Bristow was voted "Best Place for Homeownership in Virginia" by the Nerd Wallet. [2]


As of the census of 2000, there were 8,910 people, 2,964 housing units, and 9,188 families residing in the town. The racial makeup of the town was 87.62% White, 6.73% Black, 2.57% Asian, 0.18% Native American, 0.12% Pacific Islander, and 1.04% from other races. Hispanic people of any race were 3.86% of the population. [3]

Census Acquiring and recording information about the members of a given population

A census is the procedure of systematically acquiring and recording information about the members of a given population. This term is used mostly in connection with national population and housing censuses; other common censuses include agriculture, business, and traffic censuses. The United Nations defines the essential features of population and housing censuses as "individual enumeration, universality within a defined territory, simultaneity and defined periodicity", and recommends that population censuses be taken at least every 10 years. United Nations recommendations also cover census topics to be collected, official definitions, classifications and other useful information to co-ordinate international practice.

The area is mostly upper-middle-class residential managed communities including Braemar Community, Bridlewood, Bridlewood Manor, Brookside, Crossman Creek, Foxborough, Kingsbrooke, New Bristow Village, Lanier Farms, Saybrooke, Sheffield Manor, Amberleigh Station, and Victory Lakes.


The majority of the Bristow Area was previously part of the Linton's Ford plantation, owned by the Linton family from the 18th century. In 1894, Sarah Linton converted to Catholicism and became a Benedictine nun, and she donated the property to the Roman Catholic Church, to be used to establish schools for poor girls and boys.

Linton Hall Military School [4] was founded in 1922, for which the main road was named: Linton Hall Road. In 1989, the school ended its military and boarding programs and became coeducational; it had already been renamed Linton Hall School many years earlier. In the late 20th century, much of the original property was sold to developers. [5]

Population increased in the Bristow area, and increased enrollment for the school.

The Linton family (with the exception of Sarah) are buried in the Linton Family Cemetery in the Braemar Community. The cemetery is legally unowned due to a loss of records when the Brentsville Courthouse burned in the Civil War. However, maintenance is provided by the Braemar Community Association with coordination with the Benedictine Sisters at Linton Hall.

Geography and climate

Climate data for Bristow
Average high °F (°C)43
Average low °F (°C)29
Average precipitation inches (mm)2.81
Source: [6]

According to the Geographic Names Information System, Bristow has also been known as Briscoe, Bristoe, Bristoe Station, and Bristow Station. The Board on Geographic Names officially decided upon Bristow as the community's name in 1906.

Geographic Names Information System geographical database

The Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) is a database that contains name and locative information about more than two million physical and cultural features located throughout the United States of America and its territories. It is a type of gazetteer. GNIS was developed by the United States Geological Survey in cooperation with the United States Board on Geographic Names (BGN) to promote the standardization of feature names.

The Brentsville Historic District and Davis-Beard House are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. [7]

The former village proper was located on SR 619, Bristow Road, about 1 mile southwest of the intersection with SR 28, Nokesville Road, at the Norfolk Southern Railway crossing. There are a few businesses left at this location, and a crew change point for the railroad is just up the tracks from the railroad crossing. The new town center has, in general, relocated farther west around the Braemar Parkway area.


There has been major development since 2000 in both residential and commercial business that are continuing to expand. Bristow Manor Golf Club has a beautiful course, driving range and putting green. It was voted by Golf Digest as one of "Top 100 Places to Play from 1998-2000". [8]


The Bristow Beat online publication covers local news.



Major highways that connect Bristow include Virginia Route 28, Virginia Route 234 and Virginia Route 215.


Bristow is served by the Broad Run/Airport Virginia Railway Express station, which is in the southern-tier of the community. The station offers weekday service to inner suburbs in Fairfax County, Virginia and Washington, D.C.


The Manassas Regional Airport is located in the City of Manassas, adjacent to Bristow, and serves the area.

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Linton Hall, Virginia Census-designated place in Virginia, United States

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State Route 619 in Prince William County, Virginia is a secondary state highway. SR 619 provides a cross-county connector as well as a major artery for commuters. SR 619 is known by four names: Linton Hall Road, Bristow Road, Joplin Road, and Fuller Heights Road. There are also two short concurrencies: one with SR 234 Old in Independent Hill, and one with Fuller Military Road on the border of Marine Corps Base Quantico.

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