Brighton is a medium-sized city located in the state of Colorado. With a population of 40,693 people and 13 constituent neighborhoods, Brighton is the 21st largest community in Colorado. Brighton has seen a significant amount of newer housing growth in recent years. Quite often, new home construction is the result of new residents moving in who are middle class or wealthier, attracted by jobs, a healthy local economy, or other amenities as they leave nearby or far away areas for greener pastures. This seems to be the case in Brighton, where the median household income is $74,813.00.
Housing costs in Brighton are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in Colorado.
Brighton is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Brighton is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Brighton who work in office and administrative support (13.14%), management occupations (10.69%), and sales jobs (7.56%).
Also of interest is that Brighton has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
In Brighton, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 32.73 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average.
In terms of college education, Brighton is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 20.91% of adults 25 and older in Brighton have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Brighton in 2018 was $31,348, which is middle income relative to Colorado, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $125,392 for a family of four. However, Brighton contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Brighton is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Brighton home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Brighton residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Brighton also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 35.99% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Brighton include German, Irish, English, Italian, and French.
The most common language spoken in Brighton is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Miao/Hmong.