Brighton, Vermont

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Population in 2010: 1,222. Population change since 2000: -3.0%
 
Males: 612  (50.1%)
Females: 610  (49.9%)
Median resident age:  48.3 years
Vermont median age:  45.8 years

Zip codes: 05846.

Estimated median household income in 2016: $35,839 (it was $26,932 in 2000)
Brighton:

$35,839
VT:

$57,677

Estimated per capita income in 2016: $20,816 (it was $12,999 in 2000)

Brighton town income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2016: $115,599 (it was $64,600 in 2000)
Brighton:

$115,599
VT:

$223,700
  • Races in Brighton, VT (2010)

    Brighton races chart
    • 1,17796.3%White alone
    • 131.1%Two or more races
    • 110.9%American Indian alone
    • 110.9%Hispanic
    • 50.4%Black alone
    • 40.3%Asian alone
    • 10.08%Other race alone

Races in Brighton detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Brighton: 96.6 (near average, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: French (34.1%), English (15.6%), United States (12.4%), Irish (10.8%), Scottish (5.6%), Italian (4.8%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Land area: 52.2 square miles.

Population density: 23 people per square mile   (very low).

Brighton,VT real estate house value index trend

For population 25 years and over in Brighton:

  • High school or higher: 73.0%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 11.3%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 5.2%
  • Unemployed: 7.9%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 18.7 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Brighton town:

  • Never married: 22.2%
  • Now married: 55.2%
  • Separated: 2.0%
  • Widowed: 10.3%
  • Divorced: 10.2%

85 residents are foreign born (5.6% North America, 0.8% Europe).

This town:

6.7%
Vermont:

3.8%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:

Brighton town:  1.6% ($1,063)
Vermont:  2.0% ($2,196)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Portland, ME (112.0 miles , pop. 64,249).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Boston, MA (176.4 miles , pop. 589,141).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Bronx, NY (292.3 miles , pop. 1,332,650).

Nearest cities: Island Pond, VT (0.9 miles ), Lewis, VT (2.6 miles) , Charleston, VT (2.7 miles ), Newark, VT (2.9 miles ), Westmore, VT (2.9 miles ), Ferdinand, VT (2.9 miles) , Morgan, VT (3.0 miles ), Norton, VT (3.4 miles ).

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 8 buildings, average cost: $74,800
  • 1998: 8 buildings, average cost: $78,200
  • 1999: 8 buildings, average cost: $77,300
  • 2000: 8 buildings, average cost: $77,500
  • 2001: 10 buildings, average cost: $77,500
  • 2002: 11 buildings, average cost: $77,500
  • 2003: 12 buildings, average cost: $77,500
  • 2004: 14 buildings, average cost: $77,500
  • 2005: 12 buildings, average cost: $77,500
  • 2006: 10 buildings, average cost: $77,500
  • 2007: 8 buildings, average cost: $77,500
  • 2008: 5 buildings, average cost: $77,500
  • 2009: 3 buildings, average cost: $77,500
  • 2010: 3 buildings, average cost: $77,500
  • 2011: 2 buildings, average cost: $77,500
  • 2012: 2 buildings, average cost: $77,500
  • 2013: 2 buildings, average cost: $77,500
  • 2014: 2 buildings, average cost: $77,500

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Latitude: 44.81 N, Longitude: 71.87 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 802

Crime rates in Brighton (2012):

  • 0 murders (0.0 per 100,000)
  • 0 rapes (0.0 per 100,000)
  • 0 robberies (0.0 per 100,000)
  • 0 assaults (0.0 per 100,000)
  • 1 burglary (82.2 per 100,000)
  • 2 thefts (164.3 per 100,000)
  • 0 auto thefts (0.0 per 100,000)
  • City-data.com crime rate = 12.3 (higher means more crime, US average = 257.8)

Crime rates in Brighton (2013):

  • 0 murders (0.0 per 100,000)
  • 0 rapes (0.0 per 100,000)
  • 0 robberies (0.0 per 100,000)
  • 0 assaults (0.0 per 100,000)
  • 1 burglary (83.4 per 100,000)
  • 10 thefts (834.0 per 100,000)
  • 1 auto theft (83.4 per 100,000)
  • City-data.com crime rate = 45.9 (higher means more crime, US average = 244.9)

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

6.6%
Vermont:

3.9%

Unemployment by year (%)

Population change in the 1990s: -306 (-19.5%).
Most common industries in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Furniture and related product manufacturing (23%)
  • Construction (11%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (8%)
  • Truck transportation (5%)
  • Accommodation and food services (5%)
  • Public administration (5%)
  • Repair and maintenance (4%)
  • Educational services (22%)
  • Furniture and related product manufacturing (11%)
  • Public administration (9%)
  • Health care (8%)
  • Food and beverage stores (8%)
  • Accommodation and food services (5%)
  • Personal and laundry services (3%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (12%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (6%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (5%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Fishing and hunting, and forest and logging workers (5%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (5%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4%)
  • Other teachers and instructors, education, training, and library occupations (8%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (6%)
  • Assemblers and fabricators (6%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (5%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (5%)

Work and jobs in Brighton: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in Brighton, Vermont

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Earthquake activity:

Brighton-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below Vermont state average. It is 92% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/20/2002 at 10:50:47, a magnitude 5.2 (5.2 MB, 4.2 MS, 5.2 MW, 5.0 MW, Depth: 6.8 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 93.7 miles away from the city center
On 10/7/1983 at 10:18:46, a magnitude 5.3 (5.1 MB, 5.3 LG, 5.1 ML) earthquake occurred 135.8 miles away from Brighton center
On 1/19/1982 at 00:14:42, a magnitude 4.7 (4.5 MB, 4.7 MD, 4.5 LG, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 91.5 miles away from the city center
On 4/20/2002 at 11:04:42, a magnitude 4.1 (4.1 LG, 3.7 ML, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 92.3 miles away from the city center
On 6/16/1995 at 12:13:11, a magnitude 3.8 (3.8 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 36.2 miles away from Brighton center
On 8/21/1996 at 07:54:14, a magnitude 3.8 (3.8 LG, 3.6 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 50.2 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), duration magnitude (MD), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Essex County (16) is greater than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 15
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 11, Storms: 10, Tropical Storms: 2, Winter Storms: 2, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1, Landslide: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Brighton:

  • Norwich University (about 61 miles; Northfield, VT; Full-time enrollment: 4,221)
  • Saint Michael's College (about 68 miles; Colchester, VT; FT enrollment: 2,336)
  • Community College of Vermont (about 69 miles; Winooski, VT; FT enrollment: 3,394)
  • University of Vermont (about 70 miles; Burlington, VT; FT enrollment: 11,566)
  • Champlain College (about 70 miles; Burlington, VT; FT enrollment: 2,623)
  • Plymouth State University (about 74 miles; Plymouth, NH; FT enrollment: 4,838)
  • SUNY College at Plattsburgh (about 79 miles; Plattsburgh, NY; FT enrollment: 5,934)

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Notable locations in Brighton: Don Eagle Museum (A), Island Pond Fire Station (B), Brighton Fire Department (C), Derby Line Rescue Squad (D). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Brighton include: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (A), Christ Episcopal Church (B), Brigton Baptist Church (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Old Protestant Cemetery (1), Old Catholic Cemetery (2), New Catholic Cemetery (3), Lakeside Cemetery (4). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes: Nulhegan Pond (A), Beecher Pond (B), Back Pond (C), Island Pond (D), Sukes Pond (E), Spectacle Pond (F), Mud Ponds (G), Mud Pond (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Taylor Brook (A), Pherrins River (B), Payne Brook (C), Oswegatchie Brook (D), McKinley Brook (E), Lightning Brook (F), Bailey Brook (G), Cold Brook (H), Clay Hill Brook (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Brighton include: Brighton State Park (1), Island Pond Historic District (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

Essex County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2002 was 23.4. This is significantly better than average.

City:

23.4
U.S.:

74.7

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2002 was 1.47. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 22.7 miles away from the city center.

City:

1.47
U.S.:

1.91

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2002 was 18.4. This is about average. Closest monitor was 22.7 miles away from the city center.

City:

18.4
U.S.:

20.0
Average household size:
This town:  2.2 people
Vermont:  2.3 people

Percentage of family households:
This town:  61.9%
Whole state:  62.5%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This town:  8.7%
Whole state:  9.2%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.5% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.0% of all households
Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This town:

19.2%
Whole state:

9.4%
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This town:

9.3%
Whole state:

3.6%

Educational Attainment (%) in 2000

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2000

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

12.4
Vermont average:

11.7

Brighton travel time to work - commute Brighton mode of transportation to work chart

Presidential Elections Results

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Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Brighton town (based on Essex County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic6192
Mainline Protestant36011
Other3-
None5,324-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 2
Essex County:

3.08 / 10,000 pop.
Vermont:

3.84 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 4
Essex County:

6.16 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.40 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 10
Here:

15.40 / 10,000 pop.
State:

11.52 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

6.7%
Vermont:

6.8%
Adult obesity rate:
Essex County:

25.1%
Vermont:

22.3%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

11.3%
State:

13.3%

7.51% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($26,339 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.51%
Vermont average:

5.68%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Caledonia County, VT  1.91% ($23,813 average AGI)
from Coos County, NH  1.59% ($26,075)
from Orleans County, VT  0.52% ($21,385)


7.29% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($67,934 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.29%
Vermont average:

5.98%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Coos County, NH  1.35% ($26,235 average AGI)
to Caledonia County, VT  1.35% ($23,088)
to Orleans County, VT  0.92% ($369,783)

Strongest AM radio stations in Brighton:

  • WCHP (760 AM; 35 kW; CHAMPLAIN, NY; Owner: CHAMPLAIN RADIO, INC.)
  • WDEV (550 AM; 5 kW; WATERBURY, VT; Owner: RADIO VERMONT, INC.)
  • WICY (1490 AM; 50 kW; MALONE, NY; Owner: CARTIER COMMUNICATIONS INC.)
  • WRKO (680 AM; 50 kW; BOSTON, MA; Owner: ENTERCOM BOSTON LICENSE, LLC)
  • WTME (780 AM; 10 kW; RUMFORD, ME; Owner: MOUNTAIN VALLEY BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WNNZ (640 AM; 50 kW; WESTFIELD, MA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WTWN (1100 AM; daytime; 5 kW; WELLS RIVER, VT; Owner: PUFFER BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WGY (810 AM; 50 kW; SCHENECTADY, NY; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WCRN (830 AM; 50 kW; WORCESTER, MA; Owner: CARTER BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WEEI (850 AM; 50 kW; BOSTON, MA; Owner: ENTERCOM BOSTON LICENSE, LLC)
  • WIKE (1490 AM; 1 kW; NEWPORT, VT; Owner: NORTHSTAR MEDIA, INC.)
  • WVMT (620 AM; 5 kW; BURLINGTON, VT; Owner: SISON BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WBZ (1030 AM; 50 kW; BOSTON, MA; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Brighton:

  • WGMT (97.7 FM; LYNDON, VT; Owner: VERMONT BROADCAST ASSOCIATES, INC.)
  • WPKQ (103.7 FM; NORTH CONWAY, NH; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WHOM (94.9 FM; MT. WASHINGTON, NH; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • W243AE (96.5 FM; ORLEANS, VT; Owner: CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES, INC.)
  • WMOO (92.1 FM; DERBY CENTER, VT; Owner: NORTHSTAR MEDIA, INC.)
  • WLKC (103.3 FM; WATERBURY, VT; Owner: RADIO BROADCASTING SERVICES, INC.)
  • WEZF (92.9 FM; BURLINGTON, VT; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WVPS (107.9 FM; BURLINGTON, VT; Owner: VERMONT PUBLIC RADIO)
  • WCVT (101.7 FM; STOWE, VT; Owner: RADIO VERMONT CLASSICS, L.L.C.)
  • WMTK (106.3 FM; LITTLETON, NH; Owner: VERMONT BROADCAST ASSOCIATES, INC.)
  • WDOT (95.7 FM; DANVILLE, VT; Owner: MONTPELIER BROADCASTING INC)
  • WNCS (104.7 FM; MONTPELIER, VT; Owner: MONTPELIER BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WXXS (102.3 FM; LANCASTER, NH; Owner: BARRY P. LUNDERVILLE)
  • WCKJ (90.5 FM; ST. JOHNSBURY, VT; Owner: CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES, INC.)
  • WKXH (105.5 FM; ST. JOHNSBURY, VT; Owner: VERMONT BROADCAST ASSOCIATES, INC.)
  • WVFM (105.7 FM; CAMPTON, NH; Owner: DEVON BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 6Number of bridges
  • 7m23ftTotal length
  • $571,000Total costs
  • 4,780Total average daily traffic
  • 331Total average daily truck traffic
  • 6,140Total future (year 2018) average daily traffic

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 1

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (77%)
  • Wood (10%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (9%)
  • Electricity (2%)
  • Utility gas (1%)
  • No fuel used (1%)

Brighton compared to Vermont state average:

  • Median household income below state average.
  • Median house value below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage above state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • Number of rooms per house significantly below state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher significantly below state average.

Brighton on our top lists:

  • #39 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most residents born in Northern America (population 500+)"
  • #39 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most residents born in Canada (population 500+)"
  • #41 (05846) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the lowest charity contributions deductions as a percentage of AGI in 2012 (pop 1,000+)"
  • #43 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest surface withdrawal of fresh water for public supply"
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