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The City of Brighton is a Home Rule Municipality in Adams and Weld counties, Colorado, United States. Brighton is the county seat of Adams County and a part of the Denver–Aurora–Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area. The United States Census Bureau estimates that the city population was 41,554 in 2018.

History

The town was named for Brighton Beach, New York. Brighton was founded in the 1870s as a stage/railroad depot and farming community. The town was originally named Hughes Station. The town was incorporated in 1887. Among the notable scholars born there are Richard Ling, founding editor of ''Mobile Media & Communication'', currently the Shaw Foundation Professor of Media Technology at Nanyang Technological University, and Max Pfeffer, Senior Associate Dean of the Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Jane Bais-Disessa serves as the current city manager.

Geography

Brighton is located at (39.974184, -104.809926). It is often considered a suburb of Denver, because it is. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of , of which is land and (0.29%) is water. {{clear]]

Climate

{{Weather box |location = Brighton, Colorado (1981–2010) |single line = Y |Jan high F = 44.3 |Feb high F = 46.9 |Mar high F = 55.5 |Apr high F = 63.6 |May high F = 72.9 |Jun high F = 83.2 |Jul high F = 89.6 |Aug high F = 87.1 |Sep high F = 78.8 |Oct high F = 66.5 |Nov high F = 52.7 |Dec high F = 43.3 |year high F = 65.4 |Jan low F = 15.6 |Feb low F = 18.5 |Mar low F = 26.2 |Apr low F = 33.6 |May low F = 43.0 |Jun low F = 51.8 |Jul low F = 57.2 |Aug low F = 55.7 |Sep low F = 46.3 |Oct low F = 34.6 |Nov low F = 24.0 |Dec low F = 15.2 |year low F = 35.2 |precipitation colour = green |Jan precipitation inch = 0.43 |Feb precipitation inch = 0.37 |Mar precipitation inch = 1.20 |Apr precipitation inch = 1.70 |May precipitation inch = 2.26 |Jun precipitation inch = 1.71 |Jul precipitation inch = 1.51 |Aug precipitation inch = 1.74 |Sep precipitation inch = 1.05 |Oct precipitation inch = 0.93 |Nov precipitation inch = 0.77 |Dec precipitation inch = 0.49 |year precipitation inch= 14.18 |Jan snow inch = 5.9 |Feb snow inch = 4.3 |Mar snow inch = 7.0 |Apr snow inch = 3.5 |May snow inch = 0.5 |Jun snow inch = 0.0 |Jul snow inch = 0.0 |Aug snow inch = 0.0 |Sep snow inch = 0.5 |Oct snow inch = 2.4 |Nov snow inch = 6.2 |Dec snow inch = 6.3 |year snow inch = 36.6 |source 1 = NOAA


Demographics

{{US Census population |1890= 306 |1900= 366 |1910= 850 |1920= 2715 |1930= 3394 |1940= 4029 |1950= 4336 |1960= 7055 |1970= 8309 |1980= 12773 |1990= 14203 |2000= 20905 |2010= 33352 |estyear=2019 |estimate=41554 |estref={{cite web|url=https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/popest/data/tables.2019.html|date=May 24, 2020|title=Population and Housing Unit Estimates|publisher=United States Census Bureau|access-date=May 27, 2020 |footnote=U.S. Decennial Census{{cite web|url=https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/decennial-census.html|title=Census of Population and Housing|publisher=Census.gov|access-date=June 4, 2015 As of the census{{cite web|url=https://www.census.gov |publisher=United States Census Bureau |access-date=January 31, 2008 |title=U.S. Census website of 2000, there were 20,905 people, 6,718 households, and 5,058 families living in the city. The population density was 1,224.1 people per square mile (472.6/km{{sup|2). There were 6,990 housing units at an average density of 409.3 per square mile (158.0/km{{sup|2). The racial makeup of the city was 76.91% White, 0.99% African American, 1.47% Native American, 1.10% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 16.29% from other races, and 3.20% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 38.22% of the population. There were 6,718 households, out of which 40.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.6% were married couples living together, 11.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.7% were non-families. 19.7% 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 2.92 and the average family size was 3.34. In the city, the age distribution of the population shows 28.6% under the age of 18, 10.1% from 18 to 24, 32.7% from 25 to 44, 18.8% from 45 to 64, and 9.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females, there were 108.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 108.3 males. The median income for a household in the city was $46,779, and the median income for a family was $53,286. Males had a median income of $35,686 versus $27,103 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,927. About 6.1% of families and 9.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.0% of those under age 18 and 8.6% of those age 65 or over.

Economy

Brighton is the home of two Vestas manufacturing plants, a wind turbine blade factory and a nacelle manufacturing plant. The factories are valued at $290 million and will provide 1,350 employment opportunities: 650 in the blade factory and another 700 in the nacelle manufacturing plant. Groundbreaking for the factories took place on March 25, 2009. The Prairie Center is a {{convert|396|acre|km2|adj=on shopping center with a pedestrian-oriented retail village, which is anchored by JC Penney, Kohl's, Dick's Sporting Goods, Super Target, and many other stores. The Greater Brighton Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau began helping small businesses in the Brighton community in 1955, paving the way for the expansion of Brighton retail, and manufacturing. The Brighton Chamber helped to secure Brighton as an Agritourism destination within the Denver Metro area for Farm Fresh Produce and opening the Brighton Visitors Center in May 2020. The Greater Brighton Chamber of Commerce is ranked the 14th Best Chamber in the Denver area per the Denver Business Journal.

Education

School District 27J serves the community.

Notable people

Notable individuals who were born in or have lived in Brighton include: * Todd Helton (1973- ), baseball 1st baseman * John L. Kane Jr. (1937- ), U.S. federal judge * Dillon Serna (1994- ), soccer midfielder * Angie Zapata (1989-2008), murder victim{{cite magazine | last = Asmar | first = Melanie | title = Who was Angie Zapata? Her murderer's trial didn't tell the whole story. | magazine = Westword | date = May 28, 2009 | url = http://www.westword.com/news/who-was-angie-zapata-her-murderers-trial-didnt-tell-the-whole-story-5103955 | access-date = May 2, 2016 *Brian Shaw, leading American strongman, placed first in the 2011, 2013, 2015 World's Strongest Man and 2016 competitions.{{Citation needed|date=December 2018

Sister city

Brighton has a sister city, as designated by Sister Cities International: * {{flagdeco|Poland Ziębice, Lower Silesian Voivodeship, Poland

See also

{{portal|Geography|North America||United States|Colorado *Outline of Colorado **Index of Colorado-related articles *State of Colorado **Colorado cities and towns ***Colorado municipalities **Colorado counties ***Adams County, Colorado ***Weld County, Colorado **Colorado metropolitan areas ***Front Range Urban Corridor ***North Central Colorado Urban Area ***Denver-Aurora-Boulder, CO Combined Statistical Area ***Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area ***Greeley, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area {{clear


References


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External links

{{commons category|Brighton, Colorado
City of Brighton websiteCDOT map of the City of Brighton
{{Colorado|show {{Adams County, Colorado {{Weld County, Colorado {{authority control Category:Cities in Adams County, Colorado Category:Cities in Weld County, Colorado Category:Cities in Colorado Category:Populated places established in 1887 Category:County seats in Colorado Category:Denver metropolitan area