Living In Brighton, Michigan
Brighton is a highly sought after area full chock full of lots of small shops, wonderful restaurants including some of the best dining in the area.
Brighton has a population of 27,302 residents of which 83% own a home and 27% are families. The median rent in Brighton is $951/monthly. Niche.com rates Brighton #35 of best zip codes to buy a house in Michigan out of 449. The median household income is $82,198.
Living in Brighton is ideal. There is every conceivable store you’ll ever need within a 5-mile radius. Some of the big-name stores you’re sure to recognize are:
- Barns & Noble
- Home Depot
- Home Goods
- DKNY Shoes
The main road in and out of Brighton is Grand River Avenue which also gives you easy access to Routes 23 and 96. MJR Cinema is a multiplex theatre remodeled in 2018 with comfortable lounge chairs where you can put your feet up to watch a movie.
Brighton is full of shops and restaurants including but definitely NOT limited to:
- Starbucks (3)
- Olive Garden
- Panera Bread
- TJI Fridays
- Red Robin Restaurant
Throughout the year, there are many family-oriented events in downtown. Downtown is centered around the Mill Pond
There are Spring and Summer fairs where you can enjoy delicious food from local restaurants, crafts, and live entertainment. During the Fall they also have the Farmer’s Market where local farmers sell their fresh produce.
Every Sunday, running from July through August you can sit at the amphitheater and enjoy the Kiwanis Concert and Car Show in the evenings.
Brighton also has a local art studio and artist club who participate in events and also run exhibitions throughout the year.
There’s also the townwide Halloween parade and the Christmas Santa parade to look forward to.
Brighton Area Schools are highly regarded as one of the top schools in Livingston County. Niche.com rates Brighton schools #1 in Livingston County and #7 out of 576 as the safest school district in Michigan. Brighton school are also rated #17 as Best School District in Michigan out of 556.
There are five Primary Schools, 2 Middle Schools and 2 High Schools in the area.
Test scores show 61% are proficient in math and 68% in reading. Offered are Advanced Proficient courses, Alternative/Special Education and Gifted Programs.
There are two metro parks in Brighton. The Huron Meadows Metro Park off Rickett Road lies just 10 minutes from the downtown area and Grand River. The park covers 1,576 acres along the Huron River.
It has a regulation golf course, hike-bike trails, and self-guided nature trails. In the winter, the park has cross-country skiing and ice-fishing. There’s a public golf course on one side and park area on the other with some walking trails. No bike paths or paved walking paths available.
By far, the most popular park, Kensignton Park, lies in Genoa Township about a 15-minute car ride from downtown up Grand River or hop on Rt 96. Kensington Park has everything for family fun including:
- a nature center and reserve
- boat launches
- golf course
- paved walking
- hiking trails
- cross country trails
- picnic areas
- restroom facilities
- small farm
The park covers 4,543 acres. It has wooded hilly terrain and surrounds 1,200-acre Kent Lake. You can bike along the paved paths all around the lake approximately, 8 miles. Sit at any of the park benches and watch the sailboats and fishermen.
Walking along its many trails you often see beautiful views of Kent Lake and the wildlife that surrounds it. It’s not unusual to see wild turkeys, deer, swans, and herons nearby.
Throughout the year Kensignton has seasonal events such as Independence Day fireworks, summer craft show, concerts, and running tournaments to name a few.
Genoa Charter Township Park
This popular destination features three playgrounds, water misting feature, sled hill, .66 mile walking path, two regulation-sized athletic fields, a swing sets, picnic tables, and a pavilion with accessible heated bathrooms and warming area.
There’s a popular sledding hill here. The sled hill has a vertical drop of approximately 40 feet, a run length of over 200 feet and is fun for all ages.
The Walking Path circles the Hall, flanking the soccer fields, extending north to the Fire Station.
There are two regulation-sized athletic fields that are leased for organized sports. The fields are situated around the Township Park Pavilion which has heated restrooms open all year long and shaded picnic tables. There is also a water fountain available with a ground-level fountain for pets.
Brighton Performing Arts Center
The BPCA brings quality performances into Brighton regularly. It boasts a Broadway-quality theatre. The Brighton Center for the Performing Arts is celebrating its’ 25th anniversary this year.
The theater was built in 1994 as part of a bond. The promise was to not only have a theater for the high school but be part of the community and house entertainment for all ages. The BCPA brings in 6-8 performers each year, rents the facility to many outside groups and holds multiple high school events each week.
Medical Clinics, Health Centers & Hospitals
There are several different walk-in clinics throughout Brighton along with top-notch medical care specialists including foot specialists, chiropractors, rehabilitation clinics, dentistry, eye care and more.
Brighton Center For Specialty Care
Brighton Specialty Health Center
Brighton Specialty Health Center is part of the University of Michigan “Michigan Medicine” program which opened its newest center in September 2018. The center is designed to house many specialties all under one roof, saving patients time from running from one location to another.
Michigan Medicine was ranked No. 1 in Michigan and No. 5 in the country in U.S. News and World Report’s 2018-19 “Best Hospitals” rankings, an honor that measures excellence in patient care.
Current services include general medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, and pediatrics, allergy, cardiology, dermatology, gastroenterology, ophthalmology, pulmonology, radiology, and vascular surgery as well as other services. To learn more click here.
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital
St. Joseph Mercy Brighton, a member of five-hospital Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, has been serving the Livingston County community since 1986. The hospital has a 24 Hour emergency services and is located just off Grand River Avenue in Brighton Township.
Less than a ten-minute drive from downtown Brighton, this facility is designed to promote health and healing. The outpatient health center houses primary care and specialty physicians, comprehensive diagnostic and testing services, emergency services, outpatient surgery and cancer care.