Brighton, Kenosha County, Wisconsin
|• Total||35.8 sq mi (92.8 km2)|
|• Land||35.6 sq mi (92.3 km2)|
|• Water||0.2 sq mi (0.5 km2)|
|Elevation||784 ft (239 m)|
|• Density||41/sq mi (15.8/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-6 (Central (CST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-5 (CDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||1582859|
The first settlers in Brighton, a Dr. Johnson and a Mr. Wightman, arrived almost simultaneously in 1838.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 35.8 square miles (92.8 km2), of which 35.6 square miles (92.3 km2) are land and 0.2 square miles (0.5 km2), or 0.55%, are water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,450 people, 504 households, and 402 families residing in the town. The population density was 40.5 people per square mile (15.6/km2). There were 524 housing units at an average density of 14.6 per square mile (5.7/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 97.24% White, 0.21% African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.55% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 0.55% from other races, and 1.17% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.07% of the population.
There were 504 households, out of which 35.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.6% were married couples living together, 5.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.2% were non-families. 15.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.88 and the average family size was 3.20.
In the town, the population was age distributed as follows: 26.8% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 29.9% from 25 to 44, 26.9% from 45 to 64, and 9.7% who were over 64 years. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 107.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 108.0 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $70,078, and the median income for a family was $74,479. Males had a median income of $42,321 versus $31,827 for females. The per capita income for the town was $26,518. About 1.0% of families and 1.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.1% of those under age 18 and 1.5% of those age 65 or over.
- Dwight L. Burgess, farmer and legislator, was born in and was chairman of what is now the town.
- Lathrop Burgess, farmer and legislator, lived in the town.
- John Dixon, businessman and legislator, was born in the town.
- Mathias J. Scholey, mayor of Kenosha and Wisconsin state representative, was born in the town.
Points of interest
- Richard Bong State Recreation Area, former site of the unfinished R.I. Bong Air Force Base and Wisconsin's largest area of preserved prairie, is located in the western part of Brighton.
- "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001), Brighton town, Kenosha County, Wisconsin". American FactFinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved August 5, 2019.
- "The Beginning of Kenosha County". Racine Journal. December 23, 1902. p. 1.
- JOURNAL OF PROCEEDINGS OF THE SIXTH-FOURTH SESSION OF THE Wisconsin Legislature. Madison, Wisconsin: Democrat Printing Company. 1939. pp. 66–67.
- 'Wisconsin Blue Book 1861,' pg. 36
- 'Wisconsin Blue Book 1903,' Biographical Sketch of John Dixon, pg. 1105
- "M. J. Scholey, Former Kenosha Mayor, Dead", Racine Journal News, June 11, 1917, pg. 6