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The United States Census Bureau estimates that the city population was 35,719 in 2013.The City of Brighton is the county seat of Adams County, Colorado, United States. Brighton’s Government Type is the Home Rule Municipality. Mayor is Dick Mclean.

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, Dean of the Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Brighton is located at 39°58′27″N 104°48′36″W (39.974184, -104.809926). Elevation is 4984 ft. It is often considered a suburb of Denver.

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.

Brighton’s Motto is “What we value today is what we become tomorrow”

Brighton is ranked #3 America’s Manliest Sports Cities, #3 Cities on the Edge of Greatness, #3 America’s Most Playful Cities, and #9 Healthiest Cities.