Modern Day Brighton
Brighton over the years has benefitted from its location. Located at the halfway point between Lansing and Detroit (along I-96), Brighton is home to over 7500 residents (Brighton, 2014). Brighton’s location serves as a perfect location for a bedroom community. Bedroom communities serve mainly as place for people to live and rest, while they often commute out of town for their jobs. Lansing and the Detroit area serve as popular job destinations for the population. Population has steadily risen since the 1970s, even with the recent trend of migration of people out of the State.
The population of Brighton consists of a rather homogenous core, maintaining over 90% White (Brighton, 2014). According to the 2012 census, Brighton’s residents hold many advantages compared to the rest of Michigan. Lower crime, higher median salary, and higher property values are some of the characteristics of the city that set it apart from the rest of Michigan (Brighton, 2014).
Families in Brighton have enjoyed great educational opportunities within the community. Brighton has a total of 17 schools in the area, giving parents choices over the educational influences of their children (Brighton, 2014). Among these schools, 6 are elementary schools, 2 are middle schools, and there is one high school. There are also 6 private schools in Brighton (Brighton, 2014). Brighton High School serves over 2400 students alone. Brighton’s average education is significantly higher than that of the Michigan average, with 39% of the population achieving a bachelors degree or higher. Brighton is also home to three parks, six churches, and six shopping centers (Brighton, 2014).