Community Snapshot

  • Population: 39,479
  • Number of Households: 12,639
  • Median Household Income: $71,411
  • Per Capita Income: $28,628
  • Median Home Value: $277,006
  • Diversity Index: 70.5
  • Median Age: 33.4
  • Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
  • Labor Force: 20,052
  • HS+ Graduate Rate: 85.5%
  • Sales Tax Rate: 3.75%
  • Town Mill Levy Rate: 6.650

“What we value today is what we become tomorrow”

Brighton, Colorado

Brighton is a vibrant, close-knit Colorado city that deeply values its history and agricultural roots while embracing progress, innovation, and sustainable growth. Conveniently located 20 miles north of downtown Denver, 20 minutes from Denver International Airport and about 30 minutes from Boulder, Brighton has attracted residents who want to feel like they are part of a small town while having access to the amenities of larger urban areas, making it the ideal location for nearly 40,000 residents. As the county seat for Adams County, we offer a diverse demographic population and a strong, well-educated workforce. Local industry includes energy, healthcare, retail, hospitality, higher education, agriculture, and manufacturing.

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On the northern edge of the Denver Metro Area, adjacent to Interstate 76, ExpressToll Highway 470, and Interstate 25.




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South Weld County

With a population estimated to reach 82,435 by 2020, the southern region of Weld County has experienced some of its fastest growth recently. Offering an attractive small town/rural quality of life with abundant new homes, excellent schools, and majestic mountain views, the region is strategically located just north of metro Denver and east of Boulder, which has fueled booming residential growth. With 23,764 households who have an average median disposable income of $55,028, the region is poised to see continued growth. The average median household income is $68,011, the average median home value is $243,539, and the subregion offers a wide range of educational opportunities, sports venues, and recreation. Commercial and industrial sites are available, and large tracts of undeveloped land provide the opportunity for future growth. East/west access is provided by Colorado Highway 52, which connects to Interstate 76 and Interstate 25. North/south access is provided by Interstate 25 and U.S. Highway 85, which connects to Interstate 70 in Denver and Interstate 80 in Wyoming. Denver International Airport is 20-30 minutes away.

Population 25+ by Educational Attainment, 2016
Total 22,601
   Less than 9th Grade 7.4%
   9th-12th Grade, No Diploma 8.6%
   High School Graduate 25.5%
   Some College, No Degree 24.8%
   Associate Degree 8%
   Bachelor’s Degree 13.5%
   Graduate/Professional Degree 6%
Community College Enrollment Fall 2016
   Aims Community College
        All Campus Locations 7,107
   Front Range Community College
        Boulder County Campus 5,406
        Larimer County Campus 5,321
University Enrollment Fall 2016
   University of Northern Colorado 12,260
   University of Colorado Boulder 30,789
   Colorado State University 33,198

27J School District Data- Enrollment by School: 2016-2017
Elementary Schools
   Henderson Elementary 450
   Mary E. Pennock Elementary 600
   North Elementary 303
   Northeast Elementary 612
   South Elementary 487
   Southeast Elementary 541
Middle Schools 505
   Overland Trail Middle School 600
   Prairie View Middle School 836
   Vikan Middle School 602
K-8 Schools
   Bromley East Charter 1169
   Foundations Academy 750
High Schools
   Bolt Academy  70
   Brighton Heritage Academy  120
   Brighton High School  1,702
   Eagle Ridge Academy  500
   Prairie View High School  1,936
Average Teacher Salary, Fall 2015 $46,886.32
Average Student/Teacher Ratio 18.8/1

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It is the Brighton EDC’s vision to retain sustainable economic vitality in a competitive regional market, but also to achieve new economic growth to meet the future needs of both residents and businesses.

For additional information, contact:

Brighton Economic Development Corporation
Michael Martinez
Executive Director