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Brighton, Tennessee
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Location of Brighton in Tipton County, Tennessee.
Location of Brighton in Tipton County, Tennessee.
Country United States
State Tennessee
County Tipton
 • Total 3.04 sq mi (7.86 km2)
 • Land 3.04 sq mi (7.86 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
341 ft (104 m)
 • Total 2,735
 • Estimate 
 • Density 957.84/sq mi (369.81/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 901
FIPS code 47-08500
GNIS feature ID 1278391

Brighton is a town in Tipton County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 2,735 at the 2010 census.


Brighton was established in the year 1873 along the newly completed tracts of the Memphis and Paducah Railroad upon the lands of A. W. Smith, Sr. who gave the initial five acres for the Depot grounds. The new town was named for Mr. Bright, the first conductor on the Memphis Division of the said road.

The new town grew quickly. By the late 1870s, Brighton had two dry goods stores, three grocery stores, two saloons, two blacksmith shops, two wagon shops, one brick yard, one steam saw and grist mill, one steam cotton gin, a Baptist church, two physicians, and a population around 100.

In 1883, the veterans of the 7th Tennessee Cavalry, Confederate States of America made Brighton the permanent site of their annual reunion. At Brighton the veterans reunion took on new dimensions and it grew into a reunion of all Confederate veterans of Tipton County and the surrounding region. Over the years, attendance of this annual August event grew peeking at 15,000 in 1897. The Tipton County Confederate Veterans Reunion, as it became to be known, continued to be held at Brighton until 1940.

Brighton was incorporated by the Tennessee General Assembly in 1913 and the town today continues to operate under the same charter.


Brighton is located at 35°28′58″N 89°43′25″W / 35.48278°N 89.72361°W / 35.48278; -89.72361 (35.482847, -89.723563).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.7 square miles (7.0 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 104
1890 214 105.8%
1920 265
1930 297 12.1%
1940 299 0.7%
1950 306 2.3%
1960 652 113.1%
1970 952 46.0%
1980 976 2.5%
1990 717 −26.5%
2000 1,719 139.7%
2010 2,735 59.1%
2019 (est.) 2,908 6.3%

2020 census

Brighton racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 2,110 73.06%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 469 16.24%
Native American 4 0.14%
Asian 17 0.59%
Pacific Islander 2 0.07%
Other/Mixed 183 6.34%
Hispanic or Latino 103 3.57%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 2,888 people, 987 households, and 723 families residing in the town.


Brighton Public Schools are part of Tipton County Schools. The Tipton County School District has eight elementary schools, five middle schools and three high schools.

Dr. John Combs is the Director of Schools.

Schools located in Brighton include:

  • Brighton Elementary School
  • Brighton Middle School
  • Brighton High School

Notable person

See also

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