Brighton, New York

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Brighton, New York

Introduction to Brighton, New York

Brighton, New York, in Monroe county, is 3 miles E of Rochester, New York and 69 miles E of Buffalo, New York. The town is conveniently located inside the Rochester metropolitan area. There are an estimated 35,584 people in Brighton.

Brighton History

This town was first settled in by Europeans in 1790. It was not formally established, however, until 1814, still making it one of the oldest towns of Monroe County. It was named after Brighton, England, and developed as a brick making and farming community until the 20th century.

Brighton and nearby Attractions

  • The Historic Buckland Farmhouse
  • Adirondack Park Preserve
  • Lake Clear
  • Rainbow Lake
  • Westfall

Things To Do In Brighton

The Brighton Recreation Open House plans and organizes games and fun activities throughout the year. There are a number of lakes and parks in the area which provide a soothing and relaxing atmosphere. They also have facilities like playgrounds, picnic pavilions, indoor and outdoor pools and sports fields and cours.

Brighton Transportation

Greater Rochester International Airport is nearby.

Brighton Higher Education

Nazareth College of Rochester, Saint John Fisher College, the University of Rochester and Monroe Community College are in the neighborhood.

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High Points

Brighton strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in New York):

Category Trophy
College Educated Adults
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Top 5% trophy Brighton College Educated Adults
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 8% Brighton Well-Paid Single Women
Short Commute Times
(vs. Peers)
Top 8% Brighton Short Commute Times
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 11% Brighton Well-Paid Single Men

Comparative Profile of Brighton, New York

Comparing Brighton to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in New York (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Senior Citizens 10 9
Well-Paid Single Women 10 9
Age of the Population 10 8
Well-Paid Single Men 9 9
Female Share of the Population 9 8
Racial Diversity 4 8
Male Share of the Population 2 3
Children Under 5 Years Old 2 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 4 3
Average Household Size 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 10 10
People in Middle Class or Better 8 7
Median Family Income 8 7
People Above Poverty 7 6

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 10 10
Working at Home 9 7
Walking and Biking to Work 6 8
Public Transportation Use 6 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Living Alone 10 10
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 9 6
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 8 9
Affordability of Rents 5 5
Housing Recently Built 3 7
Affordability of Property Taxes 2 4

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Brighton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 3 miles E of Rochester, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 69 miles E of Buffalo, New York
County Monroe
Metro Area Rochester
Standard Zip Codes 14610
Phone Area Codes 585
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.147
Longitude -77.55

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 7 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 31 F
Apr Temp 35 to 55 F
Jul Temp 60 to 81 F
Oct Temp 41 to 60 F
Annual Precip 33.9 inches
Distance 19.6 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 33 F
Apr Temp 35 to 57 F
Jul Temp 61 to 82 F
Oct Temp 41 to 61 F
Annual Precip 30.2 inches
Distance 25.4 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 31 F
Apr Temp 34 to 55 F
Jul Temp 59 to 81 F
Oct Temp 40 to 59 F
Annual Precip 34.5 inches
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Brighton Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 35,584 100%
Male 16,738 47%
Female 18,846 53%
Under 18 7,117 20%
18+ 28,467 80%
65+ 6,813 19.1%
Median Age 40
Average Family Size 2.86
White 30,635 86.1%
African-American 1,315 3.7%
Asian 2,892 8.1%
American Indian & Alaskan 35 0.1%
Other 223 0.6%
Mixed Race 474 1.3%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 831 2.3%

Brighton Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 19.7%
German 12.6%
Irish 12.5%
Italian 11.2%
English 9.6%
Polish 5.2%
Russian 5.1%
US/American 5%
Scottish 1.8%
Dutch 1.5%
Ukrainian 1.2%
French (except Basque) 1.2%
European 1%
Scotch-Irish 1%
Greek 0.9%
Hungarian 0.8%
Eastern European 0.8%
French Canadian 0.7%
Norwegian 0.7%
Canadian 0.6%
Swedish 0.6%
British 0.6%
Austrian 0.6%
African 0.5%
Lithuanian 0.4%
Swiss 0.3%
Yugoslavian 0.3%
Turkish 0.3%
Syrian 0.2%
Romanian 0.2%
Portuguese 0.2%
Egyptian 0.2%
Zimbabwean 0.2%
Welsh 0.2%
Latvian 0.2%
Danish 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Brighton 35,584 $70,436
East Rochester 6,650 $48,553
Fairport 5,740 $65,980
Henrietta 39,028 $60,803
Irondequoit 52,354 $55,493
Pittsford 1,418 $69,297
Rochester 219,773 $31,257
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