Brighton 64 Average
Brighton Livability #188 ranked city in Colorado#13,757 ranked city in the USARanks better than 53% of areas

Pros and Cons of Living in Brighton

  • Employment

    The combination of higher than average median home income, income per capita and low unemployment rates results in a score that is well above average in the employment category.

  • Housing

    This area has received high scores in the housing category. This could be due to a positive home affordability ratio, high appreciation rates or elevated home values.

  • Amenities

    A majority of amenities are not ideally situated within a reasonable walking distance, which may lead residents to rely on a vehicle or public transportation.

  • Crime

    This area is reporting high crime rates per 100,000 people and could signify that it is a dangerous place to live. Crime rates include both violent and property crimes.

  • Health & Safety

    Poor air quality and the inaccessibility of certain health related facilities like hospitals, clinics, doctors and pharmacies could have all contributed to the low score in this category.

  • Schools

    Lower than average education levels, poor reading and math scores, as well as the inaccessibility of local elementary and high schools could all be factors in the low schools score.

  • Ratings

    AreaVibes conducted surveys and polls with locals who live in the area. The results were not favorable for walkability of amenities, parks, public transit and the overall sense of community in the area.

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What's it like Living in Brighton?

Brighton, Colorado is a moderately-sized city with a population of 38,355 people. If we look at the most recent Census, Brighton is known to have a predominantly White population. The next two most common races are Black and Asian. Additionally, more than a quarter of the population of Brighton are of Hispanic or Latino origin, and 16% of the population also speak Spanish. Something to be aware of when living in Brighton are the above average commute times. If you're looking for a short commute to work, this might not be the right area for you. With one way commute time of 32 minutes, this comes in much higher than the national average of 26 minutes.

Whether you’re moving to a new town to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Brighton could be a positive experience compared to other cities in Colorado if you know where to search. Don't forget to determine what matters most to you in a neighborhood. Consider factors such as safety, proximity to work or school, access to amenities (like parks, fitness facilities, grocery stores, restaurants), public transportation options, community atmosphere and the overall vibe you're looking for. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like amenities, commute, education, employment, housing, you can easily compare the best places to live in Brighton and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Brighton to Colorado and the national average.

The livability score in Brighton is 64/100 and the city is ranked in the 59th percentile of all cities across America. If we probe a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Brighton has higher than average grades for the following: cost of living (B-), employment (A-) and housing (A+). There is at least one category that did not score well in Brighton. The following was graded with a less than perfect score: amenities (F) and education (F).

Finding affordable real estate and housing in Brighton can be tricky. Having said that, this area might be the place to get the best of both worlds. Based on factors like home/rental affordability and appreciation rates, this area has received an above average score in the housing category. A healthy real estate market can lead to wealth appreciation for property owners, as rising property values can contribute to homeowners' equity, financial stability and the ability to build long-term wealth.

Assuming that Brighton meets all of your requirements like low crime rates, good schools and great local amenities, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Brighton. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Brighton are simply unattainable. The median home price for Brighton homes is $337,100, which is 27.4% higher than the Colorado average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Brighton, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 4.5, which is 7.1% higher than the Colorado average.

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      Brighton transportation information

      Statistic Brighton Colorado National
      Average one way commute32min25min26min
      Workers who drive to work78.6%75.2%76.4%
      Workers who carpool10.6%9.3%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit2.0%3.1%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.0%1.3%0.6%
      Workers who walk1.1%3.0%2.8%
      Working from home6.3%7.0%4.6%
      Source: The Brighton, CO data and statistics displayed above are derived from the United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).