Brighton, MI

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Brighton profile

Living in Brighton

Brighton is a somewhat small city located in the state of Michigan. With a population of 7,657 people and 19 constituent neighborhoods, Brighton is the 154th largest community in Michigan.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Brighton is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Brighton is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Brighton who work in management occupations (13.96%), sales jobs (13.37%), and office and administrative support (10.12%).

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.

Because of many things, Brighton is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Brighton really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Brighton perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

One downside of living in Brighton, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 31.59 minutes every day commuting to work.

The education level of Brighton ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Brighton, 44.49% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

The per capita income in Brighton in 2010 was $45,293, which is wealthy relative to Michigan and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $181,172 for a family of four.

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 Asian. Important ancestries of people in Brighton include German, Polish, English, Irish, and Italian.

The most common language spoken in Brighton is English. Other important languages spoken here include Polish and Italian.