- Brighton, Illinois
name = Brighton
category = Village
image_size = 250px
image_caption = Location of Brighton within Jersey County, Illinois
country = United States
state = Illinois
region_type = County
region = Macoupin, Jersey
district_type = Townships
district = Brighton, Piasa
area_imperial = 1.6
area_land_imperial = 1.6
area_water_imperial = 0.04
area_round = 1
area_water_percentage = auto
area_percentage_round = 1
lat_d = 39
lat_m = 02
lat_s = 22
lat_NS = N
long_d = 90
long_m = 08
long_s = 23
long_EW = W
elevation_imperial = 663
elevation_round = 1
population_as_of = 2007 estimate
population = 2370
population_density_imperial = 1364.2
population_density_round = 1
government = Mayor-Council
leader_type = Mayor
timezone = CST
utc_offset = -6
timezone_DST = CDT
utc_offset_DST = -5
postal_code = 62012
area_code = 618
map_caption = Location of Brighton within Illinois
map_locator = Illinois
map1 = Map of USA IL.svg
map1_caption = Location of Illinois in the United States
website = http://www.brightonill.com/
Brighton is a village located mostly in
Macoupin County, Illinoisand partially in Jersey County, Illinois. As of the 2000 census, the village had a total population of 2,196, and the population was 2,370 in the 2007 official US Census estimate. The village's current mayor is Arlin Cunningham.
Brighton is a part of the
Metro-Eastregion and the St. Louis Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Brighton is located at coor dms|39|2|22|N|90|8|23|W|city (39.039357, -90.139645).GR|1
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.6 square miles (4.2 km²), of which, 1.6 square miles (4.2 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (or 1.83%) is water.
Brighton is a small community that dates back to the early 19th century, when settlers began the transformation of the Illinois
prairieinto productive farmland. A post office was opened in 1837, and the village was incorporated in 1869 Macoupin County, and a smaller part in Jersey County. Also, some rural residents of Madison County have Brighton mailing addresses. Although the village is fairly small, located nearly twenty miles away from the nearest major suburbs of St. Louis, it has a suburban feel to it instead of a rural one.
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 2,196 people, 816 households, and 608 families residing in the village. The population densityis 1,364.2 people per square mile (526.6/km²). There are 855 housing units at an average density of 531.2/sq mi (205.0/km²). The racial makeup of the village is 98.41% White, 0.05% African American, 0.05% Native American, 0.46% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.14% from other races, and 0.87% from two or more races. 1.09% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 816 households, out of which 38.1% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.9% are married couples living together, 9.2% have a female householder with no husband present, and 25.4% are non-families. 22.5% of all households are made up of individuals, and 11.4% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.61 and the average family size is 3.06.
In the village, the population is spread out with 26.6% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 28.4% from 25 to 44, 22.1% from 45 to 64, and 14.5% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 36 years. For every 100 females, there are 93.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 87.0 males.
The median income for a household in the village is $38,750, and the median income for a family is $43,167. Males have a median income of $37,150 versus $23,616 for females. The
per capita incomefor the village is $16,453. 6.5% of the population and 6.8% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 7.7% of those under the age of 18 and 8.2% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.
Jason Isringhausen- professional baseball player for the St. Louis Cardinalsof Major League Baseball
* [http://www.theedge1039.com/content/chuckpowell/index.php Chuck Powell] - radio personality currently hosting "The Morning Ritual" program on
KEDJ103.9 FM in Phoenix
"There the Heart Is: A History of Brighton, Illinois" is, as the name states, a history of Brighton, written by
Martha A. Bentley.
Brighton is also noted for its
Burgoosoup, which is served at the Betsey Ann Picnic, the annual homecoming event for the community.
* [http://www.brightonill.com/ Village of Brighton] website
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