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Brighton, Colorado - Basic Facts

The City of Brighton had a population of 41,530 as of July 1, 2020. Brighton ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Colorado. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Brighton is located at latitude 39.9853 and longitude -104.8205 in Adams County. The formal boundaries for the City of Brighton encompass a land area of 20.76 sq. miles and a water area of 0.3 sq. miles. Adams County is in the Mountain time zone (GMT -7). The elevation is 4,987 feet.

While the primary coordinates for City of Brighton are located in Adams County, it should be noted that the formal boundaries for this community also extend into and Weld County.

The City of Brighton (GNIS ID: 2409911) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Colorado is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Brighton is located within Brighton Division of Adams County.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Brighton: Hughes, Hughes Junction.


Brighton, CO Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)


Total Population 41,530 (100%)
Population in Households 39,854 (96.0%)
Population in Families 34,407 (82.8%)
Population in Group Quarters1 1,676 ( 4.0%)
Population Density 1,961
Diversity Index2 71


Median Household Income $74,857
Average Household Income $90,272
% of Income for Mortgage4 19%
Per Capita Income $29,008
Wealth Index5 86


Total HU (Housing Units) 13,440 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 9,080 (67.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 4,158 (30.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 202 ( 1.5%)
Median Home Value $341,354
Average Home Value $357,028
Housing Affordability Index3 134


Total Households 13,238
Average Household Size 3.01
Family Households 9,818
Average Family Size 4
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different races or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2020 2020-2025
Population 2.11% 3.05%
Households 1.97% 2.99%
Families 1.92% 3.08%
Median Household Income   1.99%
Per Capita Income   2.16%
Owner Occupied HU   3.92%


Brighton, CO - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Brighton to the other 459 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Colorado by rank and percentile using July 1, 2020 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 22 95th
Population Density # 82 82nd
Median Household Income # 148 68th
Housing Affordability Index # 260 57th
Per Capita Income # 289 37th
Diversity Index # 50 89th

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