Introduction to Brighton, Michigan

Brighton, Michigan, in Livingston county, is 18 miles N of Ann Arbor, Michigan (center to center) and 39 miles W of Detroit, Michigan. There are an estimated 6,701 people who live in the city.

Brighton History

Brighton, in Livingstone County, was initially part of Green Oak Township. In April of 1838, Brighton separated from Green Oak Township to form its own existence. The first person to purchase land in present day Brighton was Hugh Alexander, in December 1833, but the original settler was actually Elijah Marsh in 1832. A post office was established during this time, and Elijah Marsh was the postmaster.

Brighton and Nearby Attractions

  • Plymouth Historical Museum
  • W.J. Beal Botanical Garden
  • Island Lake Recreation Area
  • Historic Fort Wayne
  • Motorsports Hall of Fame

Things To Do In Brighton

Museums nearby include Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, Plymouth Historical Museum, and Motorsports Hall of Fame, all of which have a variety of antiquities on display. Island Lake Recreation Area offers provisions for recreational activities, like canoeing, and boating. Huron Meadows Metropark has a golf course, hiking trails, and nature trails. W.J. Beal Botanical Garden displays a diverse array of plant species.

Brighton Transportation

Air transportation is available from Oakland County International Airport.

Brighton Higher Education

Colleges and universities located near Brighton are the University of Michigan, Washtenaw Community College, Eastern Michigan University, and Madonna University.


Total Population 7,555
Male Share of the Population 48.9%
Female Share of the Population 51.1%
Senior Citizens 21.7%
Employed Population 16+ 3,823
Age of the Population 45


% of people married 45.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 40.3%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $79,818
% Above Poverty Level 89.8%
% Below Poverty Level 10.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 27 minutes
% Working from Home 3.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.1%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 41.2%
Median Gross Rent $856
Median House Value $171,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 8.2%
US/American 0%
English 13%
Irish 16.2%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Brighton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 18 miles N of Ann Arbor, Michigan (center to center)
Nearest Large City 39 miles W of Detroit, Michigan
County Livingston
Standard Zip Codes 48114, 48116
Phone Area Codes 810
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.529
Longitude -83.78

Brighton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 6.2 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 30 F
Apr Temp 35 to 56 F
Jul Temp 60 to 82 F
Oct Temp 40 to 59 F
Annual Precip 29.2 inches
Distance 25.8 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 30 F
Apr Temp 36 to 58 F
Jul Temp 61 to 82 F
Oct Temp 42 to 60 F
Annual Precip 30 inches
Distance 30.7 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 31 F
Apr Temp 38 to 58 F
Jul Temp 64 to 83 F
Oct Temp 43 to 61 F
Annual Precip 32.8 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Brighton, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Crooked Lake (48116)

Hartland Township (48114)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Dexter 4,682 $93,750
Howell 9,502 $55,551
Milford 6,390 $104,100
Pinckney 2,672 $70,438
South Lyon 11,616 $92,736

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Brighton Public Libraries

Brighton District Library
Brighton, Michigan
(810) 229-6571

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Brighton Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(810) 227-1211
Emergency Service: No

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Brighton High Schools

Serves 2,411 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.4

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