By the hiris of September 18, 1531, Vlad Inecatul ordered the Tismana Monastery to "make village at Vadul Bistretului" with neighbors who will gather in that Selist. The existence of the two villages of Bistret is definitively clarified in the documents of October 21st (1554-1557) that remain from Patrascu the Good, in which they are called "Bistretul and Calugareni", names that will not change in the future.
Bistret commune consists of four villages.
The distance between Bistret village and the nearest town - Bailesti is 40 km. The front of Craiova municipality, Bistret village is located at a distance of about 73 km. The administrative territory of Bistret commune is crossed by the Bistret - Plosca - Brandusa road route.
According to the census carried out in 2011, the population of Bistreţ commune amounts to 4,356 inhabitants, down from the previous census in 2002 when there were 4,616 inhabitants. Most of the inhabitants are Romanian (80.21%), with a minority of Roma (16.09%). For 3.65% of the population, ethnicity is unknown. From a confessional point of view, most of the inhabitants are Orthodox (93.76%), with a minority of Pentecostals (2.23%). For 3.65% of the population, confessional membership is unknown.