The city of Brighton encompasses 3.69 square miles in the southeastern corner of Livingston County where U.S. 23 and I-96 intersect. Its location, 40 minutes from either Lansing or Detroit makes it an ideal home for commuters who value a small town atmosphere. Brighton is also only 15 minutes away from both retail centers of Ann Arbor and Novi making visiting either very convenient. Brighton is served by its own school district composed of four elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school. The athletics program at Brighton High School has been met with a moderate amount of success winning state championships in women’s lacrosse, rugby and hockey within the last ten years (“Brighton High School”). The high school is also home to the Brighton Center for the Performing Arts which host both local and nationally recognized theatric, musical and comedic performances. Academically, Brighton High School scores well above the state averages in reading and math; the school also offers a very expansive selection of advanced placement classes which 43% of the student body take advantage of (Best High Schools). Brighton is a very safe place to grow up and raise a family, its crime rate is consistently under the national average of 298.9 crimes per 100,000 people. The most recent crime data from 2012 reports a crime rate in Brighton of only 96.9, only six of which were violent in nature (Brighton, Michigan). With its constant efforts to improve the happiness of her citizens, the prosperity of her business owners and maintain the high educational standards of the childern Brighton is living up to its city motto; it truly is a place where quality is a way of life.