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Brighton is a suburb in metro Detroit located in the southeast portion of Livingston County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 7,444. Brighton forms part of the South Lyon-Howell-Brighton Urban Area. It is one of two incorporated cities in Livingston County, and incorporates land that was once part of Brighton, Green Oak and Genoa townships.
The median income for a household in the city in 2009 was $47,668, and the median income for a family was $77,105. Males had a median income of $48,554 versus $30,877 for females. The per capita income for the city was $29,781. Brighton’s surrounding townships and communities, such as Brighton and Genoa Township, have median household incomes in excess of $90,000, making it one of the more prosperous places in Michigan. Additionally, about 3.0% of families and 5.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.9% of those under age 18 and 5.2% of those age 65 or over in the 2000 census.
As of the census of 2010, there were 7,444 people, 3,603 households, and 1,811 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,091.0 inhabitants per square mile (807.3 /km2). There were 3,905 housing units at an average density of 1,096.9 per square mile (423.5 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.0% White, 0.7% African American, 0.4% Native American, 1.1% Asian, 0.6% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.3% of the population.
There were 3,603 households of which 22.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.2% were married couples living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 49.7% were non-families. 42.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.02 and the average family size was 2.81.
The median age in the city was 43.4 years. 19% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26% were from 25 to 44; 26.1% were from 45 to 64; and 21.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.2% male and 53.8% female.