4.7 out of 10

Brighton

40.0077238438618 -104.801208153567
Great for
  • Medical Facilities
  • Childcare
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Schools
  • Internet Access
Not great for
  • Nightlife
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Shopping Options
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Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers

Reviews

3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Where subdivisions meet the rural community"

Brighton has long been known for the many farms located in and around the area. The farms are there, but in the middle is the town which has seen significant growth in the past 20 years. It lies alongside I-76 and has many stoplights where you can get off and get a bite to eat or fill up with gas. There are restaurants scattered all throughout the town and it definitely is more oriented to the family focused resident.

The schools in Brighton rank mediocre to slightly above average at best. The two high schools, Brighton HS and Horizon HS, ranked 4 and 6 on a scale of 1-10 (10 being highest). Horizon is the newer of the schools and has a nice campus along East 136th.

There isn't too much traffic in Brighton although it can get backed up on I-76 during peak travel times. Within the city itself there isn't too much of a problem. The town looks like many other towns, but on the outer lying areas it can be really pretty in the spring and fall months. It's far enough away from the big city to still feel small but close enough to get to town if you need to in a decent time frame.

The main occupants of the area are white and hispanic, about the same ratio. The median household income is $60,251 and the median single family home is right around $185,000.
Pros
  • country feel in many areas
Cons
  • close enough to the big city if you need to go
Recommended for
  • Country Lovers
1/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Brighton is close to the airport suburban rural area north of Denver"

Brighton has about 33,000 people and is a rural but city like area well north of Denver. Brighton has several large, new subdivisions that are relatively cheaper than the other Denver suburbs such as Thornton or Westminster nearby to the west.

Brighton is north of Commerce City but feels well away from the industrial stink of the interstates and industry of that area. Brighton was founded in the 1870s as a stage/railroad depot and farming community and continues to have that open crossroads feel. I personally would not want to live in Brighton, the new homes are cheap yes but they are cookie cutter for the most part and great if you need to be close to DIA or to commute to north Denver. I would much more prefer to live in a different Denver area or better yet up near Boulder or west towards Golden.
Pros
  • country feel
Cons
  • close enough to the big city if you need to go
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Small town feel, big city amenities"

I love living in Brighton, CO. I have lived here for over a year with my children and husband, and we plan to be here the rest of our lives. This town has it all. It feels like a small town, and still has many farms, and small local groups. However it offers many of the amenities of city life, such as shopping, eating out, festivals, etc. The neighborhoods are quaint, and downtown main street offers some old shops, as well as some newer places to visit to shop and eat. The schools are good, and the parks and recreation facilities are outstanding. The recreation center offers tons of exciting groups and organizations and facilities to residents and non-residents for a reasonable price. Local businesses are small and friendly, and offer competitve prices for amenities, including special order items (Black Forest Bakery on Main Street can make some excellent canolis with a day's notice!). And if for some reason you cannot find what you are needing within Brighton City Limits, the town is located just 15 miles northeast of Denver, so it isn't a stretch to travel where you need to go.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees

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