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Brighton Charter Township, Michigan
Charter township
Charter Township of Brighton
Brighton Township Hall, Buno Rd.
Brighton Township Hall, Buno Rd.
Country United States
State Michigan
County Livingston
 • Total 34.6 sq mi (89.5 km2)
 • Land 33.1 sq mi (85.8 km2)
 • Water 1.4 sq mi (3.7 km2)
Elevation 945 ft (288 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 17,673
 • Density 533.7/sq mi (206.1/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 48114, 48116
Area code(s) 810
FIPS code 26-10640
GNIS feature ID 1625982

Brighton Charter Township is a charter township of Livingston County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the township population was 17,673.


  • The city of Brighton is located adjacent to the township, but is administratively autonomous.
  • Pleasant Valley was a rural post office in the southeast of the township. Elijah Marsh was the first postmaster of the office, which operated from July 24, 1837, until July 29, 1852. Marsh was succeeded by Peter Delamater and then by Melzer Bird.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 34.6 square miles (90 km2), of which 33.1 square miles (85.8 km²) is land and 1.5 square miles (3.9 km2) (4.20%) is water.


As of the census of 2000, there were 17,673 people, 5,950 households, and 5,015 families residing in the township. The population density was 533.7 per square mile (206.1/km²). There were 6,177 housing units at an average density of 186.5 per square mile (72.0/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 97.29% White, 0.43% African American, 0.29% Native American, 0.83% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.31% from other races, and 0.81% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.22% of the population. More than 70% of the residents claim Polish, Irish, English or German ancestry. Another 15% claim Portuguese ancestry.

There were 5,950 households out of which 42.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 76.0% were married couples living together, 5.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 15.7% were non-families. 12.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.96 and the average family size was 3.25. The median Brighton Township home was worth $255,100 and over 66% of the homes are assessed between $200,000 to $500,000. About 17.6% of the population have no mortgage nor rent payment and 60% of local residents spend less than 25% of household income on housing and housing-related expenses.

In the township, the population distribution was spaced with 30.0% under the age of 18, 6.0% from 18 to 24, 29.6% from 25 to 44, 27.7% from 45 to 64, and 6.7% who were 65 years of age or older with the median age at 38 years. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 103.2 males.

The median income for a household in the township for 2010 was $93,327, and the median income for a family was $99,680. Males had a median income of $64,775 versus $33,328 for females. The per capita income for the township was $38,151. About 1.8% of families and 2.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.9% of those under age 18 and 2.8% of those age 65 or over.

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