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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.

People

Total Population 35,582
Male Share of the Population 50.2%
Female Share of the Population 49.8%
Senior Citizens 9.2%
Employed Population 16+ 16,350
Age of the Population 33

Families

% of people married 50.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 19.8%
Median Earnings25+ $36,322
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,835
Median Earnings With High School Degree $31,880

Wealth

Median Family Income $69,153
% Above Poverty Level 90.1%
% Below Poverty Level 9.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 28 minutes
% Working from Home 6.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.9%
% Using Public Transportation 1%

Housing

People Living Alone 21.3%
Median Gross Rent $1,004
Median House Value $203,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 49.1%
US/American 0.1%
English 7.4%
Irish 6.8%

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

Brighton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 11 miles NE of Thornton, Colorado (center to center)
Nearest Large City 19 miles NE of Denver, Colorado
County Adams
Standard Zip Codes 80022, 80601, 80602, 80603
Phone Area Codes 303
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.985
Longitude -104.82

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)

Station BRIGHTON 3 SE
Distance 2.5 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 41 F
Apr Temp 33 to 62 F
Jul Temp 56 to 88 F
Oct Temp 33 to 67 F
Annual Precip 14.3 inches
Station NORTHGLENN
Distance 12 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 44 F
Apr Temp 33 to 61 F
Jul Temp 56 to 88 F
Oct Temp 36 to 66 F
Annual Precip 13.2 inches
Station DENVER INTL AP (DATA FRO
Distance 13.9 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 43 F
Apr Temp 34 to 61 F
Jul Temp 59 to 88 F
Oct Temp 36 to 66 F
Annual Precip 15.8 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Adams City (80022)

Irondale (80022)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Dacono 4,461 $53,500
Firestone 11,255 $87,635
Fort Lupton 7,669 $54,968
Frederick 10,186 $97,992
Lochbuie 5,222 $49,707
Northglenn 37,754 $63,339

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

Brighton Hospitals

PLATTE VALLEY MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
1850 EGBERT ST
(303) 659-1531
Emergency Service: Yes

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Brighton High Schools

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HORIZON HIGH SCHOOL
5321 EAST 136 AVENUE
720-972-4400
Serves 2,094 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.3

BRIGHTON HIGH SCHOOL
270 SOUTH 8TH AVENUE
303-655-4200
Serves 1,681 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19

BRIGHTON HERITAGE ACADEMY
830 BRIDGE STREET
303-655-2850
A Non-traditional School
Serves 231 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.8

BRIGHTON CHARTER SCHOOL
1931 EAST BRIDGE STREET
303-655-0773
A Charter School.
Serves 214 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.3

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