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Overview

Introduction to Brighton, Colorado

Brighton, Colorado, in Adams county, is 11 miles NE of Thornton, Colorado and 19 miles NE of Denver, Colorado. The city is conveniently located inside the Denver metropolitan area.

Brighton History

Brighton is the county seat of Adams county. According to some sources, the community was named after Brighton, England, while other sources say it was named after Brighton Beach, New York. Brighton was officially incorporated on September 1, 1887.

Brighton and nearby Attractions

  • Fort Vasquez
  • Adams County Historical Society
  • Forney Museum of Transportation
  • Magers Reservoir
  • Benedict Park
  • Barr Lake State Park

Things To Do In Brighton

From Brighton, one can visit Fort Vasquez, which was once an important Native American trading center. The Forney Museum of Transportation, Fort Vasquez Museum, Longmont Museum, and the Miners Museum are also close by. The Magers Reservoir and Higgins Lake are also popular spots. The Benedict Park and the Barr Lake State Park are ideal destinations for a day trip with family and friends.

Brighton Transportation

Denver International Airport provides air transportation facilities.

Brighton Higher Education

Higher educational opportunities are provided by the Community College of Aurora, the Front Range Community College and Regis University.

Demographics

People

Total Population36,307
Male Share of the Population51.1%
Female Share of the Population48.9%
Senior Citizens9.2%
Employed Population 16+16,853
Age of the Population33

Families

% of people married50.4%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher19.9%
Median Earnings25+$36,848
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$22,070
Median Earnings With High School Degree$33,572

Wealth

Median Family Income$71,486
% Above Poverty Level89.3%
% Below Poverty Level10.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time28 minutes
% Working from Home6%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.1%
% Using Public Transportation0.7%

Housing

People Living Alone20.4%
Median Gross Rent$1,076
Median House Value$214,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)46.1%
German15.5%
English8.1%
Irish7.2%
Italian3.2%
Swedish2.1%
Norwegian1.5%
Polish1.4%
French Except Basque1.3%
Russian1.1%
Scottish1.1%
Dutch0.8%
Welsh0.5%
Greek0.4%
Canadian0.4%
African0.2%
Swiss0.2%
Austrian0.2%
Croatian0.2%
Czech0.2%
Danishn0.2%
Iranian0.2%
Hungarian0.2%
Finnish0.2%
Basque0.1%
Belgian0.1%
US/American0.1%
Latvian0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Serbian0.1%
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Brighton Almanac

CategoryValue
County Adams County, Weld County
Standard Zip Codes80601, 80602, 80603
Phone Area Codes303,720
Time ZoneAmerica/Denver
Approximate Latitude39.95
Approximate Longitude-104.79

Brighton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationBRIGHTON 3 SE
Distance2.5 miles
Jan Temp12 to 41 F
Apr Temp33 to 62 F
Jul Temp56 to 88 F
Oct Temp33 to 67 F
Annual Precip14.3 inches
StationNORTHGLENN
Distance12 miles
Jan Temp16 to 44 F
Apr Temp33 to 61 F
Jul Temp56 to 88 F
Oct Temp36 to 66 F
Annual Precip13.2 inches
StationDENVER INTL AP (DATA FRO
Distance13.9 miles
Jan Temp15 to 43 F
Apr Temp34 to 61 F
Jul Temp59 to 88 F
Oct Temp36 to 66 F
Annual Precip15.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Dacono4,623$57,885
Firestone11,709$96,361
Fort Lupton7,814$63,710
Frederick10,791$96,745
Lochbuie5,367$52,500
Northglenn38,128$67,020

Brighton Hospitals

Platte Valley Medical Center
(Non-profit)
1600 Prairie Center Parkway
(303) 498-1601

Brighton Public Schools

Adams Youth Service Center
1933 East Bridge Street
ZIP: 80601
Other
Total Enrollment 26
Bolt Academy
1850 Egbert Street
ZIP: 80601
High
Total Enrollment 44
Bright Horizons Pre-kindergarten School
5321 East 136th Avenue
ZIP: 80601
Primary
Total Enrollment 41
Brighton Heritage Academy
830 Bridge Street
ZIP: 80601
Other
Total Enrollment 103
Brighton High School
270 South 8th Avenue
ZIP: 80601
High
Total Enrollment 1918
Bromley East Charter School
356 Longspur Drive
ZIP: 80601
Primary
Total Enrollment 953
Eagle Ridge Academy
3551 Southern Street
ZIP: 80601
High
Total Enrollment 473
Foundations Academy
340 South 45th Avenue
ZIP: 80601
Primary
Total Enrollment 751
Horizon High School
5321 East 136th Avenue
ZIP: 80601
High
Total Enrollment 2007
Mary E Pennock Elementary School
3707 Estrella Street
ZIP: 80601
Primary
Total Enrollment 637
North Elementary School
89 North 6th Avenue
ZIP: 80601
Primary
Total Enrollment 373
Northeast Elementary School
1605 Longspeak
ZIP: 80601
Primary
Total Enrollment 628
Overland Trail Middle School
455 North 19th Avenue
ZIP: 80601
Middle
Total Enrollment 613
Sd 27j Preschool At The Brighton Lrc
1850 Egbert Suite G20
ZIP: 80601
Primary
Total Enrollment 116
South Elementary School
305 South 5th Avenue
ZIP: 80601
Primary
Total Enrollment 514
Southeast Elementary School
1595 Southern Street
ZIP: 80601
Primary
Total Enrollment 602
Vikan Middle School
879 Jessup Street
ZIP: 80601
Middle
Total Enrollment 592
Glacier Peak Elementary School
12060 Jasmine Street
ZIP: 80605
Primary
Total Enrollment 538

Brighton Private Schools

Elmwood Baptist Academy
13100 E 144th Ave
ZIP: 80601
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 137
Zion Lutheran School
1400 Skeel St
ZIP: 80601
Elementary
Total Enrollment 223
Meadowlark Montessori School
15161 Shadow Wood St
ZIP: 80603
Elementary
Total Enrollment 23
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