Population, Race and Ethnicity
Brighton is a city in Jefferson County, Alabama, with a population of 2,823. According to the most recent estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, 5.50% of residents identify as white, 87.00% as Black or African American, 0.00% as American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.00% as Asian, 0.00% as Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, 6.30% as Hispanic or Latino, and 1.20% as some other race or combination of races.
Nationally, some 61.1% of Americans identify as white, 12.3% as Black or African American, 0.7% as American Indian or Alaska Native, 5.4% as Asian, 0.2% as Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, 17.8% as Hispanic or Latino, and 2.6% as some other race or combination of races.
Native and foreign-born population
An estimated 96.40% of Brighton residents are native-born, meaning they were born in the United States, Puerto Rico, a U.S. Island Area, or abroad to a U.S. citizen. Of the 3.60% of the population that is foreign-born, 4.90% have become naturalized U.S. citizens. Nationwide, 86.5% of Americans are native-born. And of the 13.5% of Americans who are foreign-born, 48.5% have become naturalized U.S. citizens.
The population of Brighton is about as old as the United States as a whole. The median age is 37.7 years, 0.2 years less than the national median age of 37.9 years. An estimated 20.30% of the population is 65 years and over, compared to 15.2% of the U.S. population.
Family and household composition
Family and household composition also varies heavily across the United States. In Brighton, 15.40% of households are occupied by married-couple families, compared to the 48.3% national figure. Some 4.90% of households are occupied by single male householders, 30.10% by single female householders, and 49.60% by non-family occupants. Nationwide, 4.9% of households are occupied by single male householders, 12.6% by single female householders, and 34.3% by non-family occupants. An estimated 63.60% of heads of household own their homes, compared to the national homeownership rate of 63.8%.
English is by far the most commonly spoken language in Alabama and across the U.S. as a whole. Similarly, in Brighton, 96.6% of local residents aged 5 and up speak English exclusively, or, if they are multilingual, speak English very well. For context, 97.9% of the 5 and older population across Alabama only speaks English, or speak it very well, and 91.5% of the same age group nationwide do.
Residents of Brighton are less likely than the typical American to be married. Of all local residents aged 15 and older, 19.1% are currently married, compared to 48.1% of Americans nationwide in the same age group. Across Alabama as a whole, 47.8% of residents 15 and older are married.
Divorce is far more common in Brighton than it is across the U.S. as a whole. According to Census estimates, 18.7% of residents 15 and older are divorced — compared to 10.8% of the U.S. population in the same age group. In Alabama, 12.3% of the 15 and older population is divorced.
An estimated 47.7% of Brighton residents 15 and older have never married, compared to one-third of all Americans in the same age group.
In Brighton, 7.4% of the 18 and older civilian population are veterans — compared to 7.5% of adult civilians nationwide and 8.9% of the civilian population in all of Alabama.
In Brighton, adults are less likely to have a high school education than the typical American adult, and are less likely to have a four-year college education. Among Brighton residents 25 and older, 83.10% have a high school diploma or equivalent, and 12.00% have a bachelor's degree or higher, compared to 87.7% and 31.5% of adults nationwide, respectively. Across Alabama, 85.8% of adults have graduated high school, and 24.9 have a bachelor’s degree.
The typical household in Brighton earns $26,700 a year, about $33,600 less than the national median of $60,293 and $21,800 less than the median household income across the state of $48,486.
Serious financial hardship is more common in Brighton than it is nationwide. The local poverty rate stands at 32.10%, while the national poverty rate is 14.1%. Across the state as a whole, 17.5% of the population lives below the poverty line.
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