Brighton, Illinois

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Location of Brighton within Jersey County, Illinois
Country United States
State Illinois
County Macoupin, Jersey
Townships Brighton, Piasa
Elevation 663 ft (202.1 m)
Coordinates Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
Area 1.91 sq mi (4.9 km2)
 - land 1.87 sq mi (5 km2)
 - water 0.04 sq mi (0 km2), 2.1%
Population 2,254 (2010)
Density 1,180.1 / sq mi (455.6 / km2)
Government Mayor-Council
Mayor Wayne Schafer
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Postal code 62012
Area code 618
Location of Brighton within Illinois
Location of Illinois in the United States

Brighton is a village located mostly in Macoupin County and partially in Jersey County, Illinois. As of the 2010 U.S. census, the village had a total population of 2,254. The village's current mayor is Wayne Schafer.

Brighton is a part of the Metro-East region and the St. Louis Metropolitan Statistical Area.


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According to the 2010 census, Brighton has a total area of 1.909 square miles (4.94 km2), of which 1.87 square miles (4.84 km2) (or 97.96%) is land and 0.039 square miles (0.10 km2) (or 2.04%) is water.[2]


Brighton is a small community that dates back to the early 19th century, when settlers began the transformation of the Illinois prairie into productive farmland. The village was named after Brighton, Massachusetts. A post office was opened in 1837, and the village was incorporated in 1869.[3] Brighton is also noted for its five star historic museum.

Brighton currently has three restaurants, two grocery stores and one traffic signal. It straddles two counties, so that part of the village is in Macoupin County, and a smaller part is in Jersey County. Also, some rural residents of Madison County have Brighton mailing addresses. Although the village is fairly small, located nearly ten miles away from the nearest major suburbs of St. Louis, it has a suburban feel to it instead of a rural one.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 691
1890 742 7.4%
1900 660 −11.1%
1910 595 −9.8%
1920 586 −1.5%
1930 548 −6.5%
1940 697 27.2%
1950 934 34.0%
1960 1,248 33.6%
1970 1,889 51.4%
1980 2,364 25.1%
1990 2,270 −4.0%
2000 2,196 −3.3%
2010 2,254 2.6%
Est. 2014 2,217 [4] −1.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]

As of the census[6] of 2010, there were 2,254 people.[7] The population density is 1,364.2 people per square mile (526.6/km²). There are 855 housing units at an average density of 531.2 per square mile (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, 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 income for the village is $16,453. 6.5% of the population and 6.8% of families are below the poverty line. 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.

Notable people

Interesting notes

  • Martha A. Bentley, There the Heart Is: A History of Brighton, Illinois, 1826—1964, was reprinted in 1995.
  • Brighton is also noted for its Burgoo soup, which is served at the Betsey Ann Picnic, the annual homecoming event for the community.
  • Around the center of the village, there was an old American Civil War prisoner of war camp that was controlled by the Union.
  • The set of a train station at Brighton was depicted in Meredith Willson's The Music Man movie musical from 1962 in the opening scene where some of the residents are chasing a salesman onto the train. In the widescreen version, to the far right-side of the screen you can see a sign with the name "Brighton, Illinois".


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  3. Brighton description & history, retrieved August 24, 2007
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  7. Brighton, Illinois Population

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