Brighton, Massachusetts Education and City Information

Brighton, Massachusetts, is a neighborhood of Boston. Numerous colleges and universities surround Brighton, including several well-known and highly ranked schools. Learn more about this neighborhood's history, residents and school options below.

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Information about Brighton, Massachusetts

Brighton, Massachusetts, was once called 'little Cambridge' when residents of that city relocated to this area. In 1874, Brighton was annexed by Boston. Brighton and the neighboring Allston area are heavily populated with graduate students and young families who work in the city. Brighton is home to Oak Square School, an original wooden schoolhouse built in the late 1800s. The Market Street Historic Burial Ground is also found in this neighborhood, which features many homes and buildings with 18th and 19th century architecture.

Higher Education

Brighton is home to Saint John's Seminary, a small school of just about 200 students, as of Fall 2014. It offers bachelor's and master's degree programs in theology and ministry fields.

Residents can find around 45 additional postsecondary institutions within five miles of the neighborhood, including a number of highly ranked schools just three miles from Brighton. Boston College is located in Chestnut Hill, about two miles from Brighton. Enrolling about 14,000 students, this private Catholic college is ranked 30th among national universities in 2016, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Harvard University and Boston University are both within three miles of Brighton, which is also in close proximity to Berklee College of Music and the Boston Conservatory. Massachusetts Institute of Technology is three miles away in Cambridge. This private school focuses on scientific and technological research and offers graduate and undergraduate programs to around 11,000 students. It was ranked 7th among national universities in 2016 by U.S. News.

Additional schools in the area include Cambridge College, Lesley University, Wheelock College, Emmanuel College and Northeastern University.

Economy and Employment

Washington Street is a haven for small businesses attracted to the area by the Brighton Center Main Streets Program. St. Elizabeth's Medical Center and New Balance Athletic Shoe's headquarters are found in the neighborhood, along with three commercial centers.

The greater Boston area provides employment options for residents of Brighton. Major employers in the city include Brigham and Women's Hospital, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and Boston University.

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