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Brighton is a Home Rule Municipality in Adams and Weld counties and is also the county seat of Adams County, Colorado, United States. The United States Census Bureau estimates that the city population was 41,554 in 2018.
The town was named for Brighton Beach, New York. Brighton was founded in the 1870s as a stage/railroad depot and farming community. The town was originally named Hughes Station. The town was incorporated in 1887. Among the notable scholars born there are Richard Ling, founding editor of Mobile Media & Communication, currently the Shaw Foundation Professor of Media Technology at Nanyang Technological University, and Max Pfeffer, Senior Associate Dean of the Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Philip Rodriguez served as city manager until July 2019, when the city council voted 5-4 to end his job. Rodriguez stated that he uncovered corruption around a water bill.
Brighton is located at 39°58′27″N 104°48′36″W (39.974184, -104.809926). It is often considered a suburb of Denver, because it is.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 17.1 square miles (44 km2), of which 17.1 square miles (44 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) (0.29%) is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 20,905 people, 6,718 households, and 5,058 families living in the city.