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City of Brighton, Colorado
Home Rule Municipality
Brighton City Hall.
Brighton City Hall.
Motto: "What we value today is what we become tomorrow"
Location in Adams County and the state of Colorado
Location in Adams County and the state of Colorado
Country  United States
State  State of Colorado
Counties Adams County Seat
Weld County
Incorporated September 1, 1887
Named for Brighton Beach, New York
Area
 • Total 17.2 sq mi (44.3 km2)
 • Land 17.1 sq mi (44.2 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 4,984 ft (1,519 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 33,352
 • Density 1,939/sq mi (752.9/km2)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP codes 80601-80603
Area code(s) Both 303 and 720
INCITS place code 0808675
GNIS feature ID 0204736
Highways I-76, US 6, US 85, SH 2, SH 7, SH 22, E-470
Website City of Brighton

The City of Brighton is the Home Rule Municipality in Adams and Weld counties that is the county seat of Adams County, Colorado, United States. The United States Census Bureau estimates that the city population was 35,719 in 2013.

History

The town was named for Brighton Beach, New York. Brighton was founded in the 1870s as a stage/railroad depot and farming community. The town was originally named Hughes Station. The town was incorporated in 1887. Among the notable scholars born there are Richard Ling, founding editor of Mobile Media & Communication, currently the Shaw Foundation Professor of Media Technology at Nanyang Technological University, and Max Pfeffer, Senior Associate Dean of the Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Geography and climate

Brighton is located at 39°58′27″N 104°48′36″W / 39.97417°N 104.81°W / 39.97417; -104.81 (39.974184, -104.809926). It is often considered a suburb of Denver.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 17.1 square miles (44 km2), of which 17.1 square miles (44 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) (0.29%) is water.

Climate data for Brighton, Colorado (1981–2010)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 44.3
(6.83)
46.9
(8.28)
55.5
(13.06)
63.6
(17.56)
72.9
(22.72)
83.2
(28.44)
89.6
(32)
87.1
(30.61)
78.8
(26)
66.5
(19.17)
52.7
(11.5)
43.3
(6.28)
65.4
(18.56)
Average low °F (°C) 15.6
(-9.11)
18.5
(-7.5)
26.2
(-3.22)
33.6
(0.89)
43.0
(6.11)
51.8
(11)
57.2
(14)
55.7
(13.17)
46.3
(7.94)
34.6
(1.44)
24.0
(-4.44)
15.2
(-9.33)
35.2
(1.78)
Precipitation inches (mm) 0.43
(10.9)
0.37
(9.4)
1.20
(30.5)
1.70
(43.2)
2.26
(57.4)
1.71
(43.4)
1.51
(38.4)
1.74
(44.2)
1.05
(26.7)
0.93
(23.6)
0.77
(19.6)
0.49
(12.4)
14.18
(360.2)
Snowfall inches (cm) 5.9
(15)
4.3
(10.9)
7.0
(17.8)
3.5
(8.9)
0.5
(1.3)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.5
(1.3)
2.4
(6.1)
6.2
(15.7)
6.3
(16)
36.6
(93)
Source: NOAA

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 306
1900 366 19.6%
1910 850 132.2%
1920 2,715 219.4%
1930 3,394 25.0%
1940 4,029 18.7%
1950 4,336 7.6%
1960 7,055 62.7%
1970 8,309 17.8%
1980 12,773 53.7%
1990 14,203 11.2%
2000 20,905 47.2%
2010 33,352 59.5%
Est. 2015 37,585 12.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 20,905 people, 6,718 households, and 5,058 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,224.1 people per square mile (472.6/km²). There were 6,990 housing units at an average density of 409.3 per square mile (158.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 76.91% White, 0.99% African American, 1.47% Native American, 1.10% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 16.29% from other races, and 3.20% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 38.22% of the population.

There were 6,718 households out of which 40.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.6% were married couples living together, 11.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.7% were non-families. 19.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.92 and the average family size was 3.34.

In the city, the age distribution of the population shows 28.6% under the age of 18, 10.1% from 18 to 24, 32.7% from 25 to 44, 18.8% from 45 to 64, and 9.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 108.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 108.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $46,779, and the median income for a family was $53,286. Males had a median income of $35,686 versus $27,103 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,927. About 6.1% of families and 9.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.0% of those under age 18 and 8.6% of those age 65 or over.

Sister city

Brighton has a sister city, as designated by Sister Cities International:

  • Poland Ziębice, Poland

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