The Brighton real estate area has its roots as a rural, agricultural town. Established in 1887, it is located on the edge of the eastern Colorado plains. It is a vibrant, growing city, due in large part to easy transportation access, reasonable housing costs, quality schools and the quality of life associated with small town atmosphere and a diverse community. There is a small town rural atmosphere in Brighton, but its proximity to downtown Denver amenities and attractions make it a great place to live and work. It is one of the area's fastest growing communities.
Brighton was the first incorporated town in Adams County and was selected as the county seat in 1904. It was established as the commerce center of the area in 1884 when it became a stop along the Front Range rail line. The first official "industry" in the town was the Brighton Creamery - also established in 1884 - where local farmers went to sell their milk. Brighton area produce has been a key product in the state of Colorado.
Railroad construction in the area attracted a large number of Japanese laborers, many of whom eventually settled in the Brighton area. By the early 1900s several Japanese-American groups had formed, eventually leading to the current Brighton Japanese American Association. The group is a strong and vital force in the town.
The strategic location of parks and schools at the hearts of neighborhoods creates a sense of community. The state-of-the-art Recreation Center features an indoor pool with a giant slide, hot tub, sauna, running track, fitness equipment, and racquetball courts, as well as over 4,000 square feet of community rooms.
In the early part of the century, Colorado "wheelmen" (now known as "bicyclists") considered Brighton the local center of their sport. In fact, the Brighton Wheel Club, sponsored a number of challenging road races, and remained active until the popularity of the car overwhelmed the club. It was this early commitment to cycling that was key to helping Adams County build an interlocking system of hiking and biking trails throughout the county.
Brighton real estate boasts a wide range of beautiful homes and spacious properties. Brighton homes include everything from sprawling American ranchers to estate size homes on acreage.
Median household income: $64,656 (2005)
75% of residents have high school degrees, 22% have higher degrees