Fort Saint Vrain
Fort Saint Vrain was an 1837 fur trading post built by the Bent, St. Vrain Company, located at the confluence of Saint Vrain Creek and the South Platte River, about 20 miles east of the Rocky Mountains in the unorganized territory of the United States, in present-day Weld County, Colorado. A historical marker notes the place where Old Fort St. Vrain once stood, today at the end of Weld County Road 40, located about seven miles north of Fort Vasquez, Colorado. Among those who helped to establish the fort was Ceran St. Vrain, after whom it was named. William Clark, governor of the territory, granted the Bent, St. Vrain Co. a license to trade on November 8, 1836. Like neighboring forts, the structure was built as a two-story adobe structure whose walls encased an interior courtyard, it accommodated trade with mountain men engaged in fur trapping. It resembled plaza reconstructed at Fort Vasquez and Bent's Old Fort. Marcellin St. Vrain, Ceran's brother, managed the trading post, he employed such notable people as James Beckwourth, a mountain man, Jean Baptiste Charbonneau, born to Sacajewea during the 1804-1806 Lewis and Clark Expedition.
She accompanied the expedition with her husband, trader & trapper Toussaint Charbonneau as well as newborn Jean Baptiste, while filling the crucial role of translator to the Shoshone Indian tribe. After the Taos Revolt in 1847, the St. Vrain brothers both returned to St. Louis. After Ceran St. Vrain sold his shares of the Bent, St. Vrain Co. William Bent became sole proprietor by 1849. Bent moved to Fort St. Vrain temporarily before building a new Fort Bent in the Big Timbers area. Whiteley, Lee.
Thornton is a home rule municipality in Adams and Weld counties in the U. S. state of Colorado, located in the northeast quadrant of the Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area. Thornton is 10 miles north/northeast of downtown Denver; the United States Census Bureau reported the city's growing population at 118,772 on April 1, 2010, a 44.2% increase from the 2000 Census population of 82,384. Thornton is the sixth-most populous city in the state of Colorado and the 213th-most populous city in the United States. Thornton consisted of farmland until 1953 when Sam Hoffman purchased a lot off Washington Street about seven miles north of Denver; the town he laid out was the first planned community in Adams County, the first to offer full municipal services from a single tax levy, including recreation services and free trash pickup. Thornton was named in honor of Former Colorado Governor Dan Thornton; the Thornton Community Association was formed in 1954 to help guide the new community's development.
By the end of 1955, Thornton had 5,500 residents in over 1,200 homes. The TCA was instrumental in Thornton's 1956 incorporation as a city. Oyer G. Leary was elected the first mayor. Thornton is located at 39°54′11″N 104°57′16″W. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 27.2 square miles, of which, 26.9 square miles is land and 0.3 square miles is water. As of the 2010 census, there were 118,772 people, 41,359 households, 30,254 families residing in the city; the population density was 3,409.1 people per square mile. There were 43,230 housing units at an average density of 1,240.8 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 77.4% White, 4.4% Asian, 1.8% African American, 1.1% American Indian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 11.4% from other races, 3.8% from two or more races. Hispanics and Latinos of any race were 31.7% of the population. There were 41,359 households out of which 43.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.7% were married couples living together, 6.2% had a male householder with no wife present, 12.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 26.9% were non-families.
20.1% of all households were made up of individuals, 4.2% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.86, the average family size was 3.32. The distribution of the population by age was 29.5% under the age of 18, 9.1% from 18 to 24, 32.6% from 25 to 44, 22.3% from 45 to 64, 6.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32.0 years. The gender makeup of the city was 49.5% male and 50.5% female. The median income for a household in the city was $65,578, the median income for a family was $74,233. Males had a median income of $49,154 versus $39,596 for females; the city's per capita income was $26,100. About 7.8% of families and 9.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.1% of those under age 18 and 7.4% of those age 65 or over. Thornton has nearly 2,000 acres of parks and open space. There are over 80 miles of trails throughout the city. Recreational facilities include the Margaret Carpenter Recreation Center and the Thornton Community Center.
Golf courses include Todd Creek Golf. Major highways in Thornton are I-25, I-76, SH 7, SH 44, SH 224, E-470. Thornton is served by the Denver Regional Transportation District, which provides bus service to Thornton and the rest of the Denver metropolitan area; the major airport that serves Thornton is Denver International Airport. Thornton is served by three school districts: Adams County School District 12, Mapleton Public Schools, Brighton School District 27J; these include: eleven middle schools and twenty elementary schools. There are several charter schools in or near Thornton, including Stargate School, Colorado Virtual Academy, New America School, Westgate Community Charter School. Thornton has several libraries and is served by the Rangeview Library District known as Anythink Libraries. Thornton has several shopping areas, such as Larkridge Mall, Thornton Town Center, Thorncreek Crossing Shopping Center. Larkridge is home to national anchor tenants, big box retailers, restaurants, has a pedestrian village.
Larkridge is anchored by Colorado's first Sears Grand store, Dick's Sporting Goods, Bath & Beyond, PetsMart. DaveCo Liquor Store is the largest liquor store in the world. Notable individuals who were born in or have lived in Thornton include: Tesho Akindele, soccer forward Josh Bredl, pro wrestler Edward Casso, Colorado state legislator John Denney, football long snapper Beth Martinez Humenik, Colorado state legislator Mike Manning, actor Nikki Marshall, soccer forward, defender Mike McCoy, football cornerback Adrian Mora, welterweight boxer Joseph Salazar, Colorado state legislator Kyle Sleeth, baseball starting pitcher Neal Ulevich, photojournalist Outline of Colorado Index of Colorado-related articles State of Colorado Colorado cities and towns Colorado municipalities Colorado counties Adams County, Colorado Adams County School District 12 Weld County, Colorado Colorado metropolitan areas Front Range Urban Corridor North Central Colorado Urban Area Denver-Aurora-Boulder, CO Combined Statistical Area Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area Gr
Lakewood is a Home Rule Municipality, the most populous municipality in Jefferson County, United States. Lakewood is the fifth most populous city in the State of Colorado and the 172nd most populous city in the United States; the city population was 142,980 at the 2010 United States Census. Lakewood is west of Denver and is part of the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area; the urban/suburban development of the community known as Lakewood was begun in 1889 by Charles Welch and W. A. H. Loveland, who platted a 13-block area along Colfax Avenue west of Denver in eastern Jefferson County. Loveland, the former president of the Colorado Central Railroad, retired to the new community of Lakewood after many years of living in Golden; until 1969, the area known as Lakewood had no municipal government, relying instead on several water districts, several fire districts, the government of Jefferson County. Lakewood was a community with policing provided by the Jefferson County Sheriff, several volunteer staffed fire districts, some neighborhoods without street lights and sidewalks.
However, the community had existed for about 80 years. The City of Lakewood was incorporated in 1969 as Jefferson City. Soon after, an election was held and the city's name was changed to Lakewood; this was due to an overwhelming dislike of "Jefferson City" and the perceived notion it would be confused with existing communities in Colorado and Missouri. At the time of incorporation the city population was over 90,000. Lakewood never had a traditional downtown area. West Colfax Avenue served the metropolitan area as U. S. Route 40 and the main route joining Denver with the Rocky Mountains; as such, Colfax from Harlan west to Kipling and beyond had commercial establishment. In addition to the Jewish Consumptive Relief Society for TB patients, the small frame Methodist Church, telephone exchange, there emerged by the 1950s grocery and drug stores, gas stations, restaurants & taverns, several motels, branch banks, a movie theater, roller rink, bowling alley, used car lots. Several multi-business "shopping centers" developed followed by much larger centers at JCRS and Westland.
The Villa Italia Mall on West Alameda Avenue, twenty blocks south of Colfax, reflected the southward expansion of Lakewood settlement and housed a larger concentration of retail space. As the mall went into decline, the Lakewood City Council developed a plan to demolish the Villa Italia Mall and replace it with a new development called Belmar. In 2011, Lakewood was named an All-America City for the first time. Lakewood is located at 39°42′17″N 105°04′53″W at an elevation of 5,518 feet. Located at the junction of U. S. Route 6 and Colorado State Highway 121 in central Colorado, the city lies west of Denver and 62 miles north-northwest of Colorado Springs. Lakewood lies in the Colorado Piedmont on the western edge of the Great Plains just east of the Front Range of the Southern Rocky Mountains. Green Mountain, a mesa 6,854 feet tall, is located in the far west-central part of the city; the city is located in the watershed of the South Platte River, several small tributaries of the river flow east through it.
From north to south, these include Lakewood Gulch, Weir Gulch, Sanderson Gulch, Bear Creek. Two tributaries of Lakewood Gulch, Dry Gulch and McIntyre Gulch, flow east through the northern part of the city. Turkey Creek, a tributary of Bear Creek, flows northeast through the far southwestern part of the city. In addition, Lena Gulch, a tributary of Clear Creek to the north, flows east north through the extreme northwestern part of the city. There are several small reservoirs in Lakewood; the Soda Lakes lie in the extreme southwestern part of the city. East of them lies a reservoir fed by Bear Creek and Turkey Creek. Clustered near each other in central Lakewood are Main Reservoir, East Reservoir, Smith Reservoir, Kendrick Lake, Cottonwood Lake. Northeast of them lies Kountze Lake. In the northwestern part of the city, Lena Gulch both drains Maple Grove Reservoir. In the extreme southern part of the city lies Bowles Reservoir No. 1 and, just outside the city limits to the reservoir's northeast, Marston Lake.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 44.06 square miles of which 42.88 square miles is land and 1.18 square miles is water. As a suburb of Denver, Lakewood is part of both the greater Denver metropolitan area and the Front Range Urban Corridor, it borders other communities on all sides including: Wheat Ridge to the north, Edgewater to the northeast, Denver to the east and southeast, Dakota Ridge to the south, Morrison to the southwest, Golden, West Pleasant View, East Pleasant View, Applewood to the northwest. Lakewood experiences a semi-arid climate featuring mild and snowy winters and warm to hot summers, with great temperature differences between day and night. Precipitation is concentrated in the summer months; as of the 2010 census, there were 142,980 people, 61,986 households, 35,882 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,334.4 people per square mile. There were 65,758 housing units at an average density of 1,533.5 per square mile.
The racial makeup of the city was 82.9% White, 3.1% Asian, 1.6% Black, 1.4% American Indian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 7.7% from other races, 3.3% from two or more races. Hispanics and Latinos of any race were 22.0% of the population. There were 61,986 households out of which 26.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.1% were married couples living together, 5.0% had a male householder with no wife present, 11.9% had a female househ
2010 United States Census
The 2010 United States Census is the twenty-third and most recent United States national census. National Census Day, the reference day used for the census, was April 1, 2010; the census was taken via mail-in citizen self-reporting, with enumerators serving to spot-check randomly selected neighborhoods and communities. As part of a drive to increase the count's accuracy, 635,000 temporary enumerators were hired; the population of the United States was counted as 308,745,538, a 9.7% increase from the 2000 Census. This was the first census in which all states recorded a population of over half a million, as well as the first in which all 100 largest cities recorded populations of over 200,000; as required by the United States Constitution, the U. S. census has been conducted every 10 years since 1790. The 2000 U. S. Census was the previous census completed. Participation in the U. S. Census is required by law in Title 13 of the United States Code. On January 25, 2010, Census Bureau Director Robert Groves inaugurated the 2010 Census enumeration by counting World War II veteran Clifton Jackson, a resident of Noorvik, Alaska.
More than 120 million census forms were delivered by the U. S. Post Office beginning March 15, 2010; the number of forms mailed out or hand-delivered by the Census Bureau was 134 million on April 1, 2010. Although the questionnaire used April 1, 2010 as the reference date as to where a person was living, an insert dated March 15, 2010 included the following printed in bold type: "Please complete and mail back the enclosed census form today." The 2010 Census national mail participation rate was 74%. From April through July 2010, census takers visited households that did not return a form, an operation called "non-response follow-up". In December 2010, the U. S. Census Bureau delivered population information to the U. S. President for apportionment, in March 2011, complete redistricting data was delivered to states. Identifiable information will be available in 2082; the Census Bureau did not use a long form for the 2010 Census. In several previous censuses, one in six households received this long form, which asked for detailed social and economic information.
The 2010 Census used only a short form asking ten basic questions: How many people were living or staying in this house, apartment, or mobile home on April 1, 2010? Were there any additional people staying here on April 1, 2010 that you did not include in Question 1? Mark all that apply: Is this house, apartment, or mobile home – What is your telephone number? What is Person 1's name? What is Person 1's sex? What is Person 1's age and Person 1's date of birth? Is Person 1 of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin? What is Person 1's race? Does Person 1 sometimes live or stay somewhere else? The form included space to repeat all of these questions for up to twelve residents total. In contrast to the 2000 census, an Internet response option was not offered, nor was the form available for download. Detailed socioeconomic information collected during past censuses will continue to be collected through the American Community Survey; the survey provides data about communities in the United States on a 1-year or 3-year cycle, depending on the size of the community, rather than once every 10 years.
A small percentage of the population on a rotating basis will receive the survey each year, no household will receive it more than once every five years. In June 2009, the U. S. Census Bureau announced. However, the final form did not contain a separate "same-sex married couple" option; when noting the relationship between household members, same-sex couples who are married could mark their spouses as being "Husband or wife", the same response given by opposite-sex married couples. An "unmarried partner" option was available for couples; the 2010 census cost $13 billion $42 per capita. Operational costs were $5.4 billion under the $7 billion budget. In December 2010 the Government Accountability Office noted that the cost of conducting the census has doubled each decade since 1970. In a detailed 2004 report to Congress, the GAO called on the Census Bureau to address cost and design issues, at that time, had estimated the 2010 Census cost to be $11 billion. In August 2010, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke announced that the census operational costs came in under budget.
Locke credited the management practices of Census Bureau director Robert Groves, citing in particular the decision to buy additional advertising in locations where responses lagged, which improved the overall response rate. The agency has begun to rely more on questioning neighbors or other reliable third parties when a person could not be reached at home, which reduced the cost of follow-up visits. Census data for about 22% of U. S. househol
Kansas is a U. S. state in the Midwestern United States. Its capital is Topeka and its largest city is Wichita, with its most populated county being Johnson County. Kansas is bordered by Nebraska on the north. Kansas is named after the Kansa Native American tribe; the tribe's name is said to mean "people of the wind" although this was not the term's original meaning. For thousands of years, what is now Kansas was home to diverse Native American tribes. Tribes in the eastern part of the state lived in villages along the river valleys. Tribes in the western part of the state were semi-nomadic and hunted large herds of bison. Kansas was first settled by European Americans in 1827 with the establishment of Fort Leavenworth; the pace of settlement accelerated in the 1850s, in the midst of political wars over the slavery debate. When it was opened to settlement by the U. S. government in 1854 with the Kansas–Nebraska Act, abolitionist Free-Staters from New England and pro-slavery settlers from neighboring Missouri rushed to the territory to determine whether Kansas would become a free state or a slave state.
Thus, the area was a hotbed of violence and chaos in its early days as these forces collided, was known as Bleeding Kansas. The abolitionists prevailed, on January 29, 1861, Kansas entered the Union as a free state. By 2015, Kansas was one of the most productive agricultural states, producing high yields of wheat, corn and soybeans. Kansas, which has an area of 82,278 square miles is the 15th-largest state by area and is the 34th most-populous of the 50 states with a population of 2,911,505. Residents of Kansas are called Kansans. Mount Sunflower is Kansas's highest point at 4,041 feet. For a millennium, the land, Kansas was inhabited by Native Americans; the first European to set foot in present-day Kansas was the Spanish conquistador Francisco Vázquez de Coronado, who explored the area in 1541. In 1803, most of modern Kansas was acquired by the United States as part of the Louisiana Purchase. Southwest Kansas, was still a part of Spain and the Republic of Texas until the conclusion of the Mexican–American War in 1848, when these lands were ceded to the United States.
From 1812 to 1821, Kansas was part of the Missouri Territory. The Santa Fe Trail traversed Kansas from 1821 to 1880, transporting manufactured goods from Missouri and silver and furs from Santa Fe, New Mexico. Wagon ruts from the trail are still visible in the prairie today. In 1827, Fort Leavenworth became the first permanent settlement of white Americans in the future state; the Kansas–Nebraska Act became law on May 30, 1854, establishing Nebraska Territory and Kansas Territory, opening the area to broader settlement by whites. Kansas Territory stretched all the way to the Continental Divide and included the sites of present-day Denver, Colorado Springs, Pueblo. Missouri and Arkansas sent settlers into Kansas all along its eastern border; these settlers attempted to sway votes in favor of slavery. The secondary settlement of Americans in Kansas Territory were abolitionists from Massachusetts and other Free-Staters, who attempted to stop the spread of slavery from neighboring Missouri. Directly presaging the American Civil War, these forces collided, entering into skirmishes that earned the territory the name of Bleeding Kansas.
Kansas was admitted to the Union as a free state on January 29, 1861, making it the 34th state to join the United States. By that time the violence in Kansas had subsided, but during the Civil War, on August 21, 1863, William Quantrill led several hundred men on a raid into Lawrence, destroying much of the city and killing nearly 200 people, he was roundly condemned by both the conventional Confederate military and the partisan rangers commissioned by the Missouri legislature. His application to that body for a commission was flatly rejected due to his pre-war criminal record. After the Civil War, many veterans constructed homesteads in Kansas. Many African Americans looked to Kansas as the land of "John Brown" and, led by freedmen like Benjamin "Pap" Singleton, began establishing black colonies in the state. Leaving southern states in the late 1870s because of increasing discrimination, they became known as Exodusters. At the same time, the Chisholm Trail was opened and the Wild West-era commenced in Kansas.
Wild Bill Hickok was a marshal at Hays and Abilene. Dodge City was another wild cowboy town, both Bat Masterson and Wyatt Earp worked as lawmen in the town. In one year alone, eight million head of cattle from Texas boarded trains in Dodge City bound for the East, earning Dodge the nickname "Queen of the Cowtowns." In response to demands of Methodists and other evangelical Protestants, in 1881 Kansas became the first U. S. state to adopt a constitutional amendment prohibiting all alcoholic beverages, repealed in 1948. Kansas is bordered by Nebraska on the north; the state is divided into 105 counties with 628 cities, is located equidistant from the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. The geographic center of the 48 contiguous states is in Smith County near Lebanon; until 1989, the Meades Ranch Triangulation Station in Osborne County was the geodetic center of North America: the central reference point for all maps of North America. The geographic center of Kansas is in Barton County. Kansas is underlain by a sequence of horizontal to westward dipping sedimentary rocks.
A sequence of Mississippian and Permian rocks outcrop in the eastern and southern part of the state
Denver metropolitan area
Denver is the central city of a conurbation region in the U. S. state of Colorado. The conurbation includes one continuous region consisting of the six central counties of Adams, Broomfield, Denver and Jefferson; the Denver region is part of the Front Range Urban Corridor. The United States Office of Management and Budget has delineated the Denver–Aurora–Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area consisting of ten Colorado counties: the City and County of Denver, Arapahoe County, Jefferson County, Adams County, Douglas County, the City and County of Broomfield, Elbert County, Park County, Clear Creek County, Gilpin County; the United States Census Bureau estimates that the population was 2,888,227 as of July 1, 2017, an increase of +13.55% since the 2010 United States Census, ranking as the 19th most populous metropolitan statistical area of the United States. The Office of Management and Budget delineated the more extensive Denver–Aurora combined statistical area comprising the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood Metropolitan Statistical Area, the Boulder Metropolitan Statistical Area, the Greeley Metropolitan Statistical Area.
The central part of the metropolitan statistical area includes Denver and three adjacent counties: Jefferson County to the west, Adams County to the north and east, Arapahoe County to the south and east. The continuously urbanized area extends northwest into the City and County of Broomfield, bordering Jefferson and Adams counties, south into Douglas County, adjoining Arapahoe County. Included in the federally defined MSA are four rural counties: Elbert County on the southeastern prairie and Clear Creek and Park counties in the Rocky Mountains; the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood Metropolitan Statistical Area comprises ten counties. The sortable table below includes the following information: The official name of the county, The county population as of July 1, 2017, as estimated by the United States Census Bureau, The county population as of April 1, 2010, as enumerated by the 2010 United States Census, The percent population change from April 1, 2010, to July 1, 2017. Arvada Aurora Centennial Denver Lakewood Thornton Westminster Berkley Brighton Broomfield Castle Rock Columbine Commerce City Englewood Federal Heights Golden Greenwood Village Highlands Ranch Ken Caryl Littleton Northglenn Parker Sherrelwood Welby Wheat Ridge Acres Green Applewood Alma Aspen Park Bailey Black Hawk Byers Carriage Club Pines Castle Pines North Central City Cherry Hills Village Coal Creek Columbine Valley Cottonwood Deer Trail Derby Downieville-Lawson-Dumont East Pleasant View Edgewater Elizabeth Empire Evergreen Fairplay Foxfield Franktown Genesee Georgetown Glendale Grand View Estates Heritage Hills Idaho Springs Indian Hills Kiowa Kittredge Lakeside Larkspur Lochbuie Lone Tree Louviers Meridian Montbello Morrison Mountain View North Washington Perry Park Ponderosa Park Roxborough Park Sedalia Sheridan Silver Plume Simla St. Mary's Stonegate Strasburg The Pinery Todd Creek Twin Lakes Westcreek West Pleasant View Boulder Longmont Lafayette Louisville Superior Dacono Firestone Fort Lupton Frederick The Denver Regional Council of Governments is a regional planning and inter-governmental coordination organization in a nine-county region.
The Scientific and Cultural Facilities District provides funding for scientific and cultural facilities in a seven-county region including: The Denver Museum of Nature and Science The Denver Zoo The Denver Art Museum The Denver Center for the Performing Arts The Denver Botanic GardensIn addition, the Regional Transportation District provides mass transit, including a light rail system. In 2005 the RTD developed a twelve-year comprehensive plan, called "FasTracks", to build and operate rail transit lines and expand and improve bus service throughout the region; the most prosperous parts of the area are in the south, while the most industrialized areas are in the northeast in the northern part of Denver proper and extending to areas such as Commerce City in Adams County. Changes in house prices for the area are publicly tracked on a regular basis using the Case–Shiller index. Electricity is provided by Xcel Energy. Cable television is provided by Comcast; the following table shows sports teams in the Denver metropolitan area that average more than 12,000 fans per game: The center of the metropolitan area sits in a valley, the Denver Basin, suffers from air pollution known colloquially as the brown cloud, building up if the air is stagnant as it is in the winter.
Severity of pollution in this area has varied enormously over the years. In the late 1980s the area was in violation of multiple National Ambient Air Quality Standards established by the United States Environmental Protection Agency; the Regional Air Quality Council was formed in 1989 to create plans to address the problem. Through a variety of measures the area's air quality was improved and in 2002 the EPA designated the area in compliance with all federal health-based air quality standards. Denver was the first major city in the United States to reach compliance with all six of these standards after violating five of them. Since the EPA introduced a new standard for small particulates and made the existing ozone standard stricter. In 2003 the new ozone standard was exceeded in the area and was exceeded as far away as
The City of Brighton is the Home Rule Municipality in Adams and Weld counties, the county seat of Adams County, United States. The United States Census Bureau estimates that the city population was 35,719 in 2013; the town was named for New York. Brighton was founded in the 1870s as a stage/railroad farming community; the town was named Hughes Station. The town was incorporated in 1887. Among the notable scholars born there are Richard Ling, founding editor of Mobile Media & Communication the Shaw Foundation Professor of Media Technology at Nanyang Technological University, Max Pfeffer, Senior Associate Dean of the Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Brighton is located at 39°58′27″N 104°48′36″W, it is considered a suburb of Denver. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 17.1 square miles, of which 17.1 square miles is land and 0.1 square miles is water. As of the census of 2000, there were 20,905 people, 6,718 households, 5,058 families residing in the city.
The population density was 1,224.1 people per square mile. There were 6,990 housing units at an average density of 409.3 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 76.91% White, 0.99% African American, 1.47% Native American, 1.10% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 16.29% from other races, 3.20% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 38.22% of the population. There were 6,718 households out of which 40.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.6% were married couples living together, 11.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 24.7% were non-families. 19.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.5% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.92 and the average family size was 3.34. In the city, the age distribution of the population shows 28.6% under the age of 18, 10.1% from 18 to 24, 32.7% from 25 to 44, 18.8% from 45 to 64, 9.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years.
For every 100 females, there were 108.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 108.3 males. The median income for a household in the city was $46,779, the median income for a family was $53,286. Males had a median income of $35,686 versus $27,103 for females; the per capita income for the city was $17,927. About 6.1% of families and 9.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.0% of those under age 18 and 8.6% of those age 65 or over. School District 27J serves the community; the Prairie Center is a 396-acre shopping center with a pedestrian-oriented retail village, anchored by JC Penney, Kohl's, Dick's Sporting Goods, Super Target, many other stores. Brighton is the home of two Vestas manufacturing plants, a wind turbine blade factory and a nacelle manufacturing plant; the factories are valued at $290 million and will provide 1,350 employment opportunities: 650 in the blade factory and another 700 in the nacelle manufacturing plant. Groundbreaking for the factories took place on March 25, 2009.
The corporate headquarters of O'Neal Flat Rolled Metals is located in Brighton. Notable individuals who were born in or have lived in Brighton include: Todd Helton, baseball 1st baseman John L. Kane Jr. U. S. federal judge Dillon Serna, soccer midfielder Angie Zapata, murder victim Brian Shaw, leading American strongman, placed first in the 2011, 2013, 2015 World's Strongest Man and 2016 competitions. Brighton has a sister city, as designated by Sister Cities International: Ziębice, Lower Silesian Voivodeship, Poland Outline of Colorado Index of Colorado-related articles State of Colorado Colorado cities and towns Colorado municipalities Colorado counties Adams County, Colorado Weld County, Colorado Colorado metropolitan areas Front Range Urban Corridor North Central Colorado Urban Area Denver-Aurora-Boulder, CO Combined Statistical Area Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area Greeley, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area City of Brighton website CDOT map of the City of Brighton