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Brighton, Michigan
City
Downtown Brighton, Grand River Ave
Downtown Brighton, Grand River Ave
Motto: "Where quality is a way of life"
Location of Brighton, Michigan
Location of Brighton, Michigan
Country United States
State Michigan
County Livingston
Area
 • Total 3.69 sq mi (9.56 km2)
 • Land 3.56 sq mi (9.22 km2)
 • Water 0.13 sq mi (0.34 km2)
Elevation 925 ft (282 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 7,444
 • Estimate (2012) 7,552
 • Density 2,091.0/sq mi (807.3/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 48114,48115,48116
Area code(s) 810 248
FIPS code 26-10620
GNIS feature ID 0621987
Website Brighton City Website

Brighton is a suburb in metro Detroit located in the southeast portion of Livingston County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 7,444. Brighton forms part of the South Lyon-Howell-Brighton Urban Area. It is one of two incorporated cities in Livingston County, and incorporates land that was once part of Brighton, Green Oak and Genoa townships.

History

Brighton was established in 1832. It was incorporated as a village in 1867 and as a city in 1928.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.69 square miles (9.56 km2), of which 3.56 square miles (9.22 km2) is land and 0.13 square miles (0.34 km2) is water.

Transportation

Major Thoroughfares

  • I-96
  • US 23
  • Grand River Avenue

Climate

Brighton exhibits what is known as a continental climate biome. Within the heart of the Great Lakes region, Brighton weather ranges from warm summers with occasional thunderstorms to cold, dry winters with moderate to heavy snowfall. Brighton has many parks nearby for fall foliage viewing including Brighton Recreation Area and Kensington Metro Park.

Brighton area lakes are suitable for swimming from the standard Memorial Day to Labor Day schedule, and depending on yearly weather conditions, longer.

Climate data for Brighton, Michigan
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 66
(18.9)
67
(19.4)
79
(26.1)
86
(30)
92
(33.3)
101
(38.3)
100
(37.8)
98
(36.7)
96
(35.6)
88
(31.1)
78
(25.6)
64
(17.8)
101
(-17.8)
Average high °F (°C) 30
(-1.1)
33
(0.6)
43
(6.1)
56
(13.3)
68
(20)
77
(25)
82
(27.8)
79
(26.1)
72
(22.2)
59
(15)
46
(7.8)
34
(1.1)
56.6
(13.66)
Average low °F (°C) 14
(-10)
16
(-8.9)
24
(-4.4)
35
(1.7)
47
(8.3)
56
(13.3)
60
(15.6)
59
(15)
51
(10.6)
40
(4.4)
31
(-0.6)
20
(-6.7)
37.8
(3.19)
Record low °F (°C) −23
(-30.6)
−16
(-26.7)
−9
(-22.8)
11
(-11.7)
24
(-4.4)
33
(0.6)
41
(5)
38
(3.3)
26
(-3.3)
16
(-8.9)
−1
(-18.3)
−18
(-27.8)
-23
(-17.8)
Precipitation inches (mm) 1.52
(38.6)
1.55
(39.4)
2.13
(54.1)
2.78
(70.6)
2.83
(71.9)
3.12
(79.2)
2.52
(64)
3.07
(78)
3.00
(76.2)
2.10
(53.3)
2.47
(62.7)
2.19
(55.6)
29.28
(743.7)
Source: WeatherChannel

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 252
1870 454 80.2%
1880 803 76.9%
1890 741 −7.7%
1900 781 5.4%
1910 767 −1.8%
1920 800 4.3%
1930 1,287 60.9%
1940 1,353 5.1%
1950 1,861 37.5%
1960 2,282 22.6%
1970 2,457 7.7%
1980 4,268 73.7%
1990 5,686 33.2%
2000 6,701 17.9%
2010 7,444 11.1%
Est. 2015 7,609 2.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

The median income for a household in the city in 2009 was $47,668, and the median income for a family was $77,105. Males had a median income of $48,554 versus $30,877 for females. The per capita income for the city was $29,781. Brighton's surrounding townships and communities, such as Brighton and Genoa Township, have median household incomes in excess of $90,000, making it one of the more prosperous places in Michigan. Additionally, about 3.0% of families and 5.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.9% of those under age 18 and 5.2% of those age 65 or over in the 2000 census.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 7,444 people, 3,603 households, and 1,811 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,091.0 inhabitants per square mile (807.3/km2). There were 3,905 housing units at an average density of 1,096.9 per square mile (423.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.0% White, 0.7% African American, 0.4% Native American, 1.1% Asian, 0.6% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.3% of the population.

There were 3,603 households of which 22.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.2% were married couples living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 49.7% were non-families. 42.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.02 and the average family size was 2.81.

The median age in the city was 43.4 years. 19% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26% were from 25 to 44; 26.1% were from 45 to 64; and 21.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.2% male and 53.8% female.

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 6,701 people, 3,103 households, and 1,746 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,857.0 per square mile (716.7/km²). There were 3,241 housing units at an average density of 898.2 per square mile (346.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 99.76% White, 0.034% African American, 0.042% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 0.39% from other races, and 0.0093% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.48% of the population.

There were 3,103 households out of which 25.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.3% were married couples living together, 9.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 43.7% were non-families. 37.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.15 and the average family size was 2.87.

In the city, the population was spread out with 21.7% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 31.9% from 25 to 44, 21.4% from 45 to 64, and 16.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 87.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.8 males.

Popular culture

In the fifth episode of Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (105), the character Harriet Hayes (played by actress Sarah Paulson) was born and raised in Brighton.

The film Aspen Extreme begins in Brighton, with the two main characters being maintenance staff at the local ski hill, Mt. Brighton.

The 1987 horror film The Gate, starring a young Stephen Dorff, had its world premier at the Brighton Cinemas in Brighton. The film's producers wanted to hold its official premier in the town of Hell, Michigan, but Brighton was the nearest town with a theater large enough to hold the event. Dorff and the other stars of the movie attended the premier.

Gallery

Coordinates: 42°31′46″N 83°46′49″W / 42.52944°N 83.78028°W / 42.52944; -83.78028


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