Recognized as one of America's most attractive residential towns - home to notable leaders in business, industry, education, government and the arts. Residents enjoy nationally-ranked public schools, a thriving business sector and an outstanding level of public service for children, adults and senior citizens.
As of the census of 2000, there were 35,588 people, 15,854 households, and 8,687 families residing in the town. The population density was 2,302.5 people per square mile (888.8/km²). There were 16,705 housing units at an average density of 417.2 persons/km² (1,080.8 persons/sq mi). The racial makeup of the town was 86.09% White, 8.13% Asian, 3.70% African American,1.33% from two or more races, 0.10% Native American, 0.03% Pacific Islander and 0.63% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.34% of the population.
There were 15,854 households out of which 24.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.9% were married couples living together, 6.8% have a woman whose husband does not live with her, and 45.2% were non-families. 36.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.14 and the average family size was 2.86.
In the town, the population was spread out with 20.0% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 29.9% from 25 to 44, 23.4% from 45 to 64, and 19.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 88.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.9 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $91,345 and the median income for a family was $112,125. Males had a median income of $75,670 versus $49,299 for females. The per capita income for the town was $40,500. 6.1% of the population and 3.0% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 4.9% are under the age of 18 and 5.2% are 65 or older.
The Town of Brighton, located on the southeast border of the city of Rochester, was originally settled approximately 1790, and formally established in 1814—earning it recognition as one of the oldest towns in Monroe County. Named for Brighton, England, it remained a farming and brick-making community until the 20th century, when the town began its evolution into an upscale suburban residential area, occupying some 15 square miles (39 km2). In 1999, the town purchased 64 acres (259,000 m2) with the intention of developing a central park.
During the American Civil War the men of Brighton, NY helped form Company D of the 140th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment in September, 1862, which was formed in Rochester, NY. The total population of Brighton at the time was about 3,100 people. The 140th New York Regiment served in the XII Corps and then the V Corps of the Army of the Potomac. They saw battle during the Battle of Gettysburg, The Battle of the Wilderness, the Battle of Spotsylvania and Appomattox Courthouse Campaigns during the war. The 140th New York was disbanded from service on June 3, 1865.
Much of the Town of Brighton is served by the Brighton Central School District, which frequently earns high positions in Newsweek national rankings (5th in 1998). Very recently, the ratings have gone down, possibly because some of the school teachers in Brighton have retired or because of increased emphasis on APs in other schools. In 2007, Brighton placed higher (87th) than its cross-town rival, Pittsford Mendon High School (94th) for the first time in several years.
Brighton was recently ranked #56 out of over 18,000 in the inaugural U.S. News & World Report ranking of U.S. high schools (2007), which is generally regarded as having more breadth of analysis than the Newsweek rankings. (The former rankings are formed based upon numerous quantifiable factors, whereas the Newsweek rankings solely examine the raw number of students enrolled in AP classes per capita.) No other school in Monroe County placed in the top 1,000, including, most notably, cross-town rival Pittsford Mendon High School. In 2019, Brighton High School was ranked #786 nationally by U.S. News & World Report. 
In 2006, Twelve Corners Middle School received the "Schools to Watch" award, and again was recertified in 2009, 2012, 2015, and 2018. It is one of only ten Middle Schools in New York to receive the "Schools to Watch" award.
Other portions of the Town of Brighton are served by other school districts:
Most of the northeastern part of the town is served by the Penfield Central School District
Some of the northeastern and eastern part of the town is served by the Pittsford Central School District
Most of the western part of the town is served by the Rush–Henrietta Central School District.
The extreme western part of the town is served by the Wheatland–Chili Central School District.
Private schools located in Brighton include the Harley School, McQuaid Jesuit High School, Our Lady of Mercy High School, St. Thomas More School, and Seton Catholic School. Former schools include the Allen Creek School (annexed by Pittsford Central School District in 1958), Brighton Common School No. 4 (annexed by Rush–Henrietta Central School District in 1954 and later renamed Austin Crittenden School),:13 Indian Landing School (annexed by Penfield Central School District in 1954), and St. Agnes High School (1954–1982).:17
Brighton is also home to the main campus of Monroe Community College and auxiliary campuses of Empire State CollegeMedaille College, and the University of Rochester.
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