Brighton, Colorado

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City of Brighton, Colorado
City
Motto: "What we value today is what we become tomorrow"
Location in Adams County and the state of Colorado
Location in Adams County and the state of Colorado
Coordinates: 39°58′27″N 104°48′36″W / 39.97417°N 104.81000°W / 39.97417; -104.81000Coordinates: 39°58′27″N 104°48′36″W / 39.97417°N 104.81000°W / 39.97417; -104.81000
Country  United States
State  State of Colorado
Counties Adams County Seat[1]
Weld County
Incorporated September 1, 1887[2]
Named for Brighton, England, UK
Government
 • Type Home Rule Municipality[1]
 • Mayor Dick Mclean
Area
 • Total 17.2 sq mi (44.3 km2)
 • Land 17.1 sq mi (44.2 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation[3] 4,984 ft (1,519 m)
Population (2012)[4]
 • Total 34,636
 • Density 1,215.4/sq mi (471.9/km2)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP codes 80601-80603[5]
Area code(s) Both 303 and 720
FIPS code 08-08675
GNIS feature ID 0204736
Highways I-76, US 6, US 85, SH 2, SH 7, SH 22, E-470
Website City of Brighton

Brighton is a Home Rule Municipality in Adams county in the U.S. state of Colorado, and the county seat of Adams County.[6] The United States Census Bureau estimates that the city population was 33,352 in 2010.[4]

History[edit]

The town was named for Brighton Beach, New York.[7] 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.[8]

Geography and climate[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)[9]. 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)
87.1
(30.6)
78.8
(26)
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)
57.2
(14)
55.7
(13.2)
46.3
(7.9)
34.6
(1.4)
24.0
(−4.4)
15.2
(−9.3)
35.2
(1.8)
Precipitation inches (mm) 0.43
(10.9)
0.37
(9.4)
1.20
(30.5)
1.70
(43.2)
2.26
(57.4)
1.71
(43.4)
1.51
(38.4)
1.74
(44.2)
1.05
(26.7)
0.93
(23.6)
0.77
(19.6)
0.49
(12.4)
14.18
(360.2)
Snowfall inches (cm) 5.9
(15)
4.3
(10.9)
7.0
(17.8)
3.5
(8.9)
0.5
(1.3)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.5
(1.3)
2.4
(6.1)
6.2
(15.7)
6.3
(16)
36.6
(93)
Source: NOAA[10]

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[11] 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.

Education[edit]

School District 27J[edit]

Website: http://www.sd27j.org

Shopping[edit]

A new 396-acre (1.60 km2) shopping center with a pedestrian-oriented retail village is being built called the Prairie Center, which is anchored by JC Penney, Kohl's, Dick's Sporting Goods, Super Target, and many other stores.

Industry[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.[12]

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. Retrieved 2007-12-01. 
  2. ^ "Colorado Municipal Incorporations". State of Colorado, Department of Personnel & Administration, Colorado State Archives. 2004-12-01. Retrieved 2007-09-02. 
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ a b Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places in Colorado April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2008 Retrieved 2009-12-23
  5. ^ "ZIP Code Lookup" (JavaScript/HTML). United States Postal Service. Retrieved September 4, 2007. 
  6. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  7. ^ "Profile for Brighton, Colorado, CO". ePodunk. Retrieved 2012-05-07. 
  8. ^ "City of Brighton celebrates 125th Anniversary". City of Brighton Colorado. Retrieved 2012-05-07. 
  9. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  10. ^ "NOWData - NOAA Online Weather Data". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved May 5, 2013. 
  11. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  12. ^ "Vestas breaks ground on Colorado wind-turbine plants". March 25, 2009. 

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