Bristol County is located in south eastern Massachusetts. It is bordered to the west by the Rhode Island State Line, to the north by Norfolk County, to the East by Plymouth County, and to the south by The Atlantic Ocean. The 2012 population for Bristol County was estimated to be 548,285. There are a total of 16 towns and 4 cities in Bristol County with the largest being New Bedford. Bristol County has an area of 691.19 square miles.
Bristol is one of five counties in Massachusetts that still has a county government. In addition to having County Commissioners, there are three Registry of Deeds, and an elected Treasurer for the entire county. The Registry of Deeds is broken up as follows: Fall River Registry of Deeds covers Fall River, Somerset, Swansea and Freetown; The Southern District Registry of Deeds covers Acushnet, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, New Bedford and Westport; And the Northern District Registry of Deeds services Attleboro, Berkley, Dighton, Easton, Mansfield, North Attleborough, Norton, Raynham, Rehoboth, Seekonk. and Taunton. The County Sheriff is elected by the voters of Bristol County, as is the Clerk of Courts. The County seat is located in Taunton.
Bristol County, Massachusetts
|Town||County||Land area (sq mi)||Population (2010)|
|Attleboro (City)||Bristol County||27.8||43593|
|Fall River (City)||Bristol County||40.23||88857|
|New Bedford (City)||Bristol County||24.13||95072|
|North Attleborough||Bristol County||19.1||28712|
|Taunton (City)||Bristol County||48.42||55874|