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Brighton, Illinois
Location of Brighton in Macoupin and Jersey Counties, Illinois.
Location of Brighton in Macoupin and Jersey Counties, Illinois.
Location of Illinois in the United States
Location of Illinois in the United States
Country United States
State Illinois
Counties Macoupin, Jersey
Townships Brighton, Piasa
 • Type Mayor-Council
 • Total 1.96 sq mi (5.08 km2)
 • Land 1.92 sq mi (4.98 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.10 km2)
663 ft (202 m)
 • Total 2,221
 • Density 1,156.17/sq mi (446.33/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Area code(s) 618
FIPS code 17-08264

Brighton is a village located mostly in Macoupin County and partially in Jersey County, Illinois. As of the 2020 census, the village had a total population of 2,221. The village's current Mayor is Matthew P. Kasten.

Brighton is a part of the Metro-East region and the St. Louis Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Brighton is located at 39°2′22″N 90°8′23″W / 39.03944°N 90.13972°W / 39.03944; -90.13972 (39.039357, -90.139645).

According to the 2010 census, Brighton has a total area of 1.909 square miles (4.94 km2), of which 1.87 square miles (4.84 km2) (or 97.96%) is land and 0.039 square miles (0.10 km2) (or 2.04%) is water.


Brighton is a small community that dates back to the early 19th century, when settlers began the transformation of the Illinois prairie into productive farmland. The village was named after Brighton, Massachusetts. A post office was opened in 1837, and the village was incorporated in 1869. Brighton is also noted for its five star historic museum.

Brighton currently has three restaurants, two grocery stores and one traffic signal. It straddles two counties, so that part of the village is in Macoupin County, and a smaller part is in Jersey County. Also, some rural residents of Madison County have Brighton mailing addresses. Although the village is fairly small, located nearly ten miles away from the nearest major suburbs of St. Louis, it has a suburban feel to it instead of a rural one.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 691
1890 742 7.4%
1900 660 −11.1%
1910 595 −9.8%
1920 586 −1.5%
1930 548 −6.5%
1940 697 27.2%
1950 934 34.0%
1960 1,248 33.6%
1970 1,889 51.4%
1980 2,364 25.1%
1990 2,270 −4.0%
2000 2,196 −3.3%
2010 2,254 2.6%
2020 2,221 −1.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,254 people. The population density was 1,364.2 people per square mile (526.6/km2). There were 855 housing units at an average density of 531.2 per square mile (205.0/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 98.41% White, 0.05% African American, 0.05% Native American, 0.46% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.14% from other races, and 0.87% from two or more races. 1.09% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 816 households, of which 38.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.9% were married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.4% were non-families. 22.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.06.

In the village, the age distribution of the population shows 26.6% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 28.4% from 25 to 44, 22.1% from 45 to 64, and 14.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.0 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $38,750, and the median income for a family was $43,167. Males had a median income of $37,150 versus $23,616 for females. The per capita income for the village was $16,453. 6.5% of the population and 6.8% of families were below the poverty line. Of the total population, 7.7% of those under the age of 18 and 8.2% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.

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