Tuesday Town Spotlight: The Town of Brighton


Upstate New York is full of beautiful towns, cities, and villages and each is very different and unique. In order to help our readers become more familiar with the area, we will be spotlighting a town in the Rochester, Buffalo and surrounding areas periodically throughout the month.This week’s town spotlight will be on the town of Brighton, New York.

  • 15.6 Square Miles
  • Population 36,568
  • Median Home Price $170,200
  • Brighton Public schools spend $18,976 per student (Average school expenditure in the U.S is $12,435)

Brighton has some of the most beautiful and prestigious addresses in the Rochester area. Many CEOs live in the Ambassador/Sandringham neighborhood and those streets are a “can’t miss” when visiting. While the southern part of the town is more middle-class, the northern part, near East Avenue, houses some of the best architecture around. Over the years, town leaders have put a priority on preserving parkland for common use. Wild turkeys can sometimes be seen in the fields just north of the 590.

Brighton is known for its large Jewish population and Monroe Ave bagel bakeries. The Monroe Avenue corridor is probably considered the town’s “Main Street”. It houses a multitude of great local establishments. Key  commercial strips include the northern end of West Henrietta Road and parts of South Winton Road. The Twelve Corners, where Monroe Avenue, South Winton Road and Elmwood Avenue intersect, is a busy commercial and civic center.

You’ll find Monroe Community College in southern Brighton. There are also several private schools located in Brighton, including McQuaid Jesuit High School, The Harley School and [WWW] Our Lady of Mercy High School. New arrivals in Rochester often find Brighton to be a desirable place to live because the Brighton Central School District enjoys a reputation as one of the best in the area, if not in the state. Brighton High School is the local public high school. Newsweek ranked it #47 in the nation in 2005.

If you are looking to move to Rochester, NY and would like to view homes in the town of Brighton, follow the link.

The information above was taken from The People’s Guide to Rochester.

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