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Brighton, Colorado
Brighton City Hall.
Brighton City Hall.
Motto(s): 
"What we value today is what we become tomorrow"
Location of Brighton in Adams County and Weld County, Colorado.
Location of Brighton in Adams County and Weld County, Colorado.
Coordinates: 39°57′53″N 104°47′48″W / 39.964790°N 104.796581°W / 39.964790; -104.796581Coordinates: 39°57′53″N 104°47′48″W / 39.964790°N 104.796581°W / 39.964790; -104.796581[2]
Country United States
State Colorado
CountiesAdams[1], Weld
IncorporatedSeptember 1, 1887[3]
Named forBrighton Beach, New York
Government
 • TypeHome Rule Municipality[1]
 • MayorKenneth Kreutzer
Area
 • Total21.45 sq mi (55.55 km2)
 • Land21.15 sq mi (54.77 km2)
 • Water0.30 sq mi (0.78 km2)
Elevation4,984 ft (1,519 m)
Population
 • Total33,352
 • Estimate 
(2018)[7]
41,254
 • Density1,811.79/sq mi (699.53/km2)
Time zoneUTC−7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−6 (MDT)
ZIP codes
80601-80603[8]
Area code(s)Both 303 and 720
FIPS code08-08675
GNIS feature ID0204736
HighwaysI-76 (CO).svg US 6.svg US 85.svg Colorado 2.svg Colorado 7.svg Colorado 22.svg
Websitebrightonco.gov

Brighton is the Home Rule Municipality in Adams and Weld counties that is the county seat of Adams County, Colorado, United States.[9] The United States Census Bureau estimates that the city population was 41,254 in 2018.[7]

History[edit]

The town was named for Brighton Beach, New York.[10] 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.[11] 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

Philip Rodriguez served as city manager until July 2019, when the city council voted 5-4 to end his job. Rodriguez stated that he uncovered corruption around a water bill.[12]

Geography[edit]

Brighton is located at 39°58′27″N 104°48′36″W / 39.97417°N 104.81000°W / 39.97417; -104.81000 (39.974184, -104.809926).[13] It is often considered a suburb of Denver.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 17.1 square miles (44 km2), of which 17.1 square miles (44 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) (0.29%) is water.

Climate data for Brighton, Colorado (1981–2010)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 44.3
(6.8)
46.9
(8.3)
55.5
(13.1)
63.6
(17.6)
72.9
(22.7)
83.2
(28.4)
89.6
(32.0)
87.1
(30.6)
78.8
(26.0)
66.5
(19.2)
52.7
(11.5)
43.3
(6.3)
65.4
(18.6)
Average low °F (°C) 15.6
(−9.1)
18.5
(−7.5)
26.2
(−3.2)
33.6
(0.9)
43.0
(6.1)
51.8
(11.0)
57.2
(14.0)
55.7
(13.2)
46.3
(7.9)
34.6
(1.4)
24.0
(−4.4)
15.2
(−9.3)
35.2
(1.8)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 0.43
(11)
0.37
(9.4)
1.20
(30)
1.70
(43)
2.26
(57)
1.71
(43)
1.51
(38)
1.74
(44)
1.05
(27)
0.93
(24)
0.77
(20)
0.49
(12)
14.18
(360)
Average snowfall inches (cm) 5.9
(15)
4.3
(11)
7.0
(18)
3.5
(8.9)
0.5
(1.3)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.5
(1.3)
2.4
(6.1)
6.2
(16)
6.3
(16)
36.6
(93)
Source: NOAA[14]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890306
190036619.6%
1910850132.2%
19202,715219.4%
19303,39425.0%
19404,02918.7%
19504,3367.6%
19607,05562.7%
19708,30917.8%
198012,77353.7%
199014,20311.2%
200020,90547.2%
201033,35259.5%
Est. 201841,254[7]23.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[15]

As of the census[16] of 2000, there were 20,905 people, 6,718 households, and 5,058 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,224.1 people per square mile (472.6/km²). There were 6,990 housing units at an average density of 409.3 per square mile (158.0/km²). 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[edit]

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.[17]

The corporate headquarters of O'Neal Flat Rolled Metals is located in Brighton.[18]

The Prairie Center is a 396-acre (1.60 km2) 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.

Education[edit]

School District 27J serves the community.

Notable people[edit]

Notable individuals who were born in or have lived in Brighton include:

Sister city[edit]

Brighton has a sister city, as designated by Sister Cities International:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Active Colorado Municipalities". State of Colorado, Department of Local Affairs. Archived from the original on December 12, 2009. Retrieved December 1, 2007.
  2. ^ "2014 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Places". United States Census Bureau. July 1, 2014. Retrieved January 5, 2015.
  3. ^ "Colorado Municipal Incorporations". State of Colorado, Department of Personnel & Administration, Colorado State Archives. December 1, 2004. Retrieved September 2, 2007.
  4. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  6. ^ Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places in Colorado April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2008 Retrieved 2009-12-23
  7. ^ a b c "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved July 23, 2019.
  8. ^ "ZIP Code Lookup". United States Postal Service. Archived from the original (JavaScript/HTML) on September 3, 2007. Retrieved September 4, 2007.
  9. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  10. ^ "Profile for Brighton, Colorado, CO". ePodunk. Retrieved May 7, 2012.
  11. ^ "City of Brighton celebrates 125th Anniversary". City of Brighton Colorado. Archived from the original on December 13, 2012. Retrieved May 7, 2012.
  12. ^ Contreras, Oscar (July 17, 2019). "Brighton City Council fires city manager who blew whistle on $70M in water overcharges". The Denver Post. The Denver Channel. Retrieved July 19, 2019.
  13. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  14. ^ "NOWData - NOAA Online Weather Data". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved May 5, 2013.
  15. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on April 26, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  16. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  17. ^ "Vestas breaks ground on Colorado wind-turbine plants". March 25, 2009.
  18. ^ "About Us". O’Neal Flat Rolled Metals.
  19. ^ Saunders, Patrick (August 17, 2014). "Former Rockies great Todd Helton content in first year away from game". The Denver Post. Retrieved May 2, 2016.
  20. ^ "Kane, John L. Jr". Biographical Directory of Federal Judges. Federal Judicial Center. Retrieved May 2, 2016.
  21. ^ "Dillon Serna". Major League Soccer. Retrieved May 2, 2016.
  22. ^ Asmar, Melanie (May 28, 2009). "Who was Angie Zapata? Her murderer's trial didn't tell the whole story". Westword. Retrieved May 2, 2016.

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