Brighton, Illinois

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Brighton is a village located mostly in Macoupin County, Illinois and partially in Jersey County, Illinois. As of the 2000 census, the village had a total population of 2,196, and the population was 2,376 in the 2008 official US Census estimate. The village's current mayor is Wayne Schafer.

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



Brighton is located at 39°2′22″N 90°8′23″W / 39.03944°N 90.13972°W / 39.03944; -90.13972 (39.039357, -90.139645).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.6 square miles (4.2 km²), of which, 1.6 square miles (4.2 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (or 1.83%) is water.


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. A post office was opened in 1837, and the village was incorporated in 1869 [2]. Brighton is also noted for its five star historic museum.

Brighton currently has three restaurants, one grocery store, 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 twenty miles away from the nearest major suburbs of St. Louis, it has a suburban feel to it instead of a rural one.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 2,196 people, 816 households, and 608 families residing in the village. 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/sq mi (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.

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