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Brighton, Iowa
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Motto(s): 
Home of Lake Darling State Park
Location of Brighton, Iowa
Location of Brighton, Iowa
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Washington
Area
 • Total 0.78 sq mi (2.03 km2)
 • Land 0.78 sq mi (2.03 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
755 ft (230 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 600
 • Density 767.26/sq mi (296.15/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
52540
Area code(s) 319
FIPS code 19-08470
GNIS feature ID 0454825

Brighton is a city in Washington County, Iowa, United States. It's part of the Iowa City, Iowa Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 600 at the 2020 census.

History

Brighton was laid out in 1840. Once was a major railroad junction of the Chicago & Rock Island, Chicago, Burlington and Quincy, and Minneapolis & St.Louis.

Geography

Brighton is located at 41°10′24″N 91°49′15″W / 41.17333°N 91.82083°W / 41.17333; -91.82083 (41.173361, -91.820784).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.71 square miles (1.84 km2), all of it land.

Brighton is located where Iowa State Road 78 and Iowa State Road 1 meet, and is located near the Skunk River and near Lake Darling State Park.

Demographics

Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1870 785 —    
1880 836 +6.5%
1890 861 +3.0%
1900 807 −6.3%
1910 776 −3.8%
1920 1,014 +30.7%
1930 800 −21.1%
1940 791 −1.1%
1950 705 −10.9%
1960 724 +2.7%
1970 632 −12.7%
1980 804 +27.2%
1990 684 −14.9%
2000 687 +0.4%
2010 652 −5.1%
2020 600 −8.0%
Source: and Iowa Data Center
Source:
U.S. Decennial Census
BrightonIowaPopPlot
The population of Brighton, Iowa from US census data

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 652 people, 269 households, and 178 families living in the city. The population density was 918.3 inhabitants per square mile (354.6/km2). There were 295 housing units at an average density of 415.5 per square mile (160.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.8% White, 0.3% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, and 0.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.8% of the population.

There were 269 households, of which 29.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.0% were married couples living together, 12.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 33.8% were non-families. 27.5% 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 2.42 and the average family size was 2.87.

The median age in the city was 39.5 years. 23.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.2% were from 25 to 44; 27.3% were from 45 to 64; and 16.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.9% male and 49.1% female.

Education

The Washington Community School District operates local area schools, including Washington High School.

Notable residents

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