Brighton Township, Michigan

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Brighton Charter Township is a charter township of Livingston County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the township population was 17,673.



  • The city of Brighton is located adjacent to the township, but is administratively autonomous.
  • Pleasant Valley was a rural post office in the southeast of the township. Elijah Marsh was the first postmaster of the office, which operated from July 24, 1837, until July 29, 1852.[3] Marsh was succeeded by Peter Delamater and then by Melzer Bird.[4]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 34.6 square miles (89.5 km²).33.1 square miles (85.8 km²) of which is land and 1.5 square miles (3.8 km²) of which (4.20%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 17,673 people, 5,950 households, and 5,015 families residing in the township. The population density was 533.7 per square mile (206.1/km²). There were 6,177 housing units at an average density of 186.5/sq mi (72.0/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 97.29% White, 0.43% African American, 0.29% Native American, 0.83% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.31% from other races, and 0.81% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.22% of the population. More than 70% of the residents claim Polish, Irish, English or German ancestry. Another 15% claim a Portuguese ancestry.

There were 5,950 households out of which 42.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 76.0% were married couples living together, 5.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 15.7% were non-families. 12.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.96 and the average family size was 3.25. The median Brighton Township home was worth $222,900 and over 57% of the homes valued between $200,000 to $500,000. About 12% of the population have no mortgage nor rent payment.

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