Brighton is one of several neighborhoods in Boston that used to be a city of its own. Named after Brighton, a town located in England, the neighborhood was once known as Little Cambridge as it was a part of the city of the same name. Separating from Cambridge in 1807, Brighton was its own city until it was annexed to Boston in 1874. Brighton and its sister neighborhood, Allston, are serviced together by police and fire departments and are governed by the same council.
The neighborhood of Brighton covers 2.78 square miles and is bordered by the Charles River and the neighborhoods of Newton and Brookline. There are approximately 42,700 residents in Brighton, the greater percentage being comprised of Caucasians. The average age of a Brighton resident is 32.2, making Brighton one of the 'youngest' neighborhoods in Boston. Cost of living is 30% higher than the national average and the median home price is about 50% greater than the national median.
While in Brighton, you'll have no trouble find economical dining opportunities as the area is popular for student housing. Chestnut Hill Reservoir offers a mile-and-a-half jogging loop and the Brighton-Allston Heritage Museum offers walking tours of the neighborhood. If you're into wine, or want to learn about it, visit the Boston Wine School while you're in town for some quick lessons on wine and cheese.