Houghton, Michigan

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Population in 2017: 7,888 (100% urban, 0% rural).
Population change since 2000: +12.5%
 
Males: 4,891  (62.0%)
Females: 2,997  (38.0%)
Median resident age:

22.7 years
Michigan median age:

39.8 years

Zip codes: 49905, 49931.

Houghton Zip Code Map
Estimated median household income in 2017: $26,044 (it was $21,186 in 2000)
Houghton:

$26,044
MI:

$54,909

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $16,160 (it was $11,750 in 2000)

Houghton city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $129,726 (it was $91,900 in 2000)
Houghton:

$129,726
MI:

$155,700

Mean prices in 2017: all housing units: $145,934; detached houses: $149,188; townhouses or other attached units: $131,813; in 2-unit structures: $93,224; in 3-to-4-unit structures: $103,346; in 5-or-more-unit structures: $185,457; mobile homes: $62,903

Median gross rent in 2017: $736.

March 2019 cost of living index in Houghton: 81.2 (low, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 41.7%
(37.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 43.9% for Black residents, 39.9% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 23.8% for American Indian residents, 100.0% for other race residents, 29.8% for two or more races residents)
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  • Races in Houghton, MI (2017)
    • 6,39880.3%White alone
    • 95011.9%Asian alone
    • 2262.8%Two or more races
    • 1802.3%Hispanic
    • 1702.1%Black alone
    • 560.7%American Indian alone
    • 430.5%Other race alone

Races in Houghton detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth



According to our research of Michigan and other state lists, there were 3 registered sex offenders living in Houghton, Michigan as of May 30, 2020.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Houghton is 2,646 to 1.
The ratio of registered sex offenders to all residents in this city is much lower than the state average.


Crime rates in Houghton by year

Type

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Murders
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(13.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(12.5)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
1
(14.3)
2
(28.3)
2
(28.5)
1
(14.5)
2
(29.2)
1
(13.0)
7
(90.9)
2
(26.2)
0
(0.0)
5
(62.3)
0
(0.0)
3
(37.9)
Robberies
(per 100,000)
1
(14.3)
1
(14.2)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(12.5)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
3
(42.8)
3
(42.5)
14
(199.5)
11
(159.2)
10
(145.9)
4
(51.8)
0
(0.0)
3
(39.3)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(12.5)
4
(50.5)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
18
(256.6)
13
(184.2)
5
(71.3)
10
(144.7)
4
(58.4)
9
(116.6)
5
(64.9)
3
(39.3)
4
(50.1)
2
(24.9)
4
(49.8)
3
(37.9)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
90
(1,283)
114
(1,615)
111
(1,582)
119
(1,722)
113
(1,649)
140
(1,814)
106
(1,377)
92
(1,205)
101
(1,265)
104
(1,297)
158
(1,967)
112
(1,415)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
3
(42.8)
3
(42.5)
2
(28.5)
3
(43.4)
5
(73.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(13.1)
0
(0.0)
1
(12.5)
4
(49.8)
1
(12.6)
Arson
(per 100,000)
1
(14.3)
1
(14.2)
0
(0.0)
1
(14.5)
2
(29.2)
0
(0.0)
1
(13.0)
1
(13.1)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
City-Data.com crime index (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 274.0)96.9116.3133.2125.9128.4101.5158.380.882.9104.588.7100.7

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City-data.com crime index in Houghton, MI

Crime rate in Houghton detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2018, including police officers: 10 (9 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.14
Michigan average:

1.66
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Ancestries: German (13.1%), Finnish (8.9%), American (8.8%), Irish (7.7%), French (3.4%), English (3.3%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Elevation: 607 feet

Land area: 4.31 square miles.

Population density: 1,829 people per square mile   (low).

Houghton, Michigan map

1,285 residents are foreign born (4.8% Asia).

This city:

16.1%
Michigan:

100.0%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $2,695 (1.5%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $2,447 (2.1%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Duluth, MN (169.4 miles , pop. 86,918).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: St. Paul, MN (264.8 miles , pop. 287,151).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (367.5 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities:

Hancock, MI (1.4 miles ),
Dollar Bay, MI (1.6 miles ),
South Range, MI (2.2 miles ),
Hubbell, MI (2.7 miles ),
Lake Linden, MI (3.0 miles ),
Laurium, MI (3.2 miles ),
Calumet, MI (3.2 miles ),
Copper City, MI (3.8 miles )

Latitude: 47.12 N, Longitude: 88.56 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: +3,849 (+48.3%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 2,475 (78.7%)

Area code: 906

Distribution of median household income in Houghton, MI in 2017
Distribution of house value in Houghton, MI in 2017
Houghton satellite photo by USGS

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 15 buildings, average cost: $141,400
  • 1998: 8 buildings, average cost: $98,000
  • 1999: 13 buildings, average cost: $141,000
  • 2000: 29 buildings, average cost: $120,000
  • 2001: 14 buildings, average cost: $121,200
  • 2002: 15 buildings, average cost: $155,700
  • 2003: 19 buildings, average cost: $171,500
  • 2004: 17 buildings, average cost: $146,500
  • 2005: 15 buildings, average cost: $156,700
  • 2006: 14 buildings, average cost: $156,700
  • 2007: 6 buildings, average cost: $142,000
  • 2008: 5 buildings, average cost: $142,000
  • 2009: 6 buildings, average cost: $207,500
  • 2010: 6 buildings, average cost: $193,200
  • 2011: 3 buildings, average cost: $116,700
  • 2012: 1 building, cost: $225,000
  • 2013: 3 buildings, average cost: $510,000
  • 2014: 3 buildings, average cost: $510,000
  • 2015: 6 buildings, average cost: $187,500
  • 2017: 12 buildings, average cost: $124,600
Number of permits per 10,000 Houghton, MI residents
Average permit cost in Houghton, MI
Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

5.7%
Michigan:

4.4%
Historical population in Houghton, MI
Historical housing units in Houghton, MI
Most common industries in Houghton, MI (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Educational services (46.8%)
  • Accommodation & food services (11.6%)
  • Health care (9.6%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (4.6%)
  • Department & other general merchandise stores (4.0%)
  • Arts, entertainment, recreation (2.9%)
  • Real estate & rental & leasing (2.6%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Educational services (50.9%)
  • Accommodation & food services (11.0%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (6.5%)
  • Health care (4.6%)
  • Department & other general merchandise stores (3.8%)
  • Arts, entertainment, recreation (3.2%)
  • Wood products (2.2%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Educational services (41.2%)
  • Health care (16.5%)
  • Accommodation & food services (12.4%)
  • Department & other general merchandise stores (4.3%)
  • Real estate & rental & leasing (4.2%)
  • Arts, entertainment, recreation (2.5%)
  • Clothing & accessories, including shoe, stores (2.3%)
Most common occupations in Houghton, MI (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Postsecondary teachers (9.2%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (5.2%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (4.9%)
  • Other food preparation and serving workers, including supervisors (4.9%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (4.7%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4.6%)
  • Other teachers, instructors, education, training, and library occupations (4.2%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Postsecondary teachers (10.6%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (6.9%)
  • Other food preparation and serving workers, including supervisors (6.0%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (5.4%)
  • Computer specialists (4.9%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (4.8%)
  • Information and record clerks, except customer service representatives (4.5%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (8.0%)
  • Postsecondary teachers (7.2%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (7.2%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (6.3%)
  • Waiters and waitresses (5.6%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (4.3%)
  • Other teachers, instructors, education, training, and library occupations (4.1%)

Average climate in Houghton, Michigan

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Earthquake activity:

Houghton-area historical earthquake activity is significantly below Michigan state average. It is 97% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 7/9/1975 at 14:54:15, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 370.4 miles away from Houghton center
On 6/28/2004 at 06:10:52, a magnitude 4.2 (4.0 MB, 4.2 MW, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 391.6 miles away from Houghton center
On 6/5/1993 at 01:24:53, a magnitude 4.1 (4.1 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 381.9 miles away from the city center
On 1/31/1986 at 16:46:43, a magnitude 5.0 (5.0 MB, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 528.2 miles away from Houghton center
On 9/25/1998 at 19:52:52, a magnitude 5.2 (4.8 MB, 4.3 MS, 5.2 LG, 4.5 MW, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 560.5 miles away from Houghton center
On 9/2/1994 at 21:23:06, a magnitude 3.5 (3.4 LG, 3.5 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 356.0 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Houghton County (6) is smaller than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 3
Emergencies Declared: 3

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 2, Blizzard: 1, Drought: 1, Freeze: 1, Hurricane: 1, Snowstorm: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Houghton topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers near Houghton:

  • ASPIRUS SUPERIOR HOME HEALTH AND HOSPICE, INC (Home Health Center, about 2 miles away; HANCOCK, MI)
  • PORTAGE HOME HEALTH AND HOSPICE (Home Health Center, about 2 miles away; HANCOCK, MI)
  • HOUGHTON CO MED CARE FACILITY (Nursing Home, about 2 miles away; HANCOCK, MI)
  • PORTAGE HEALTH DIALYSIS CTR (Dialysis Facility, about 2 miles away; HANCOCK, MI)
  • PORTAGE HEALTH HOSPITAL Acute Care Hospitals (about 2 miles away; HANCOCK, MI)
  • CYPRESS MANOR HEALTH AND REHAB (Nursing Home, about 3 miles away; HANCOCK, MI)
  • OUR LADY OF MERCY HEALTH AND REHAB (Nursing Home, about 8 miles away; HUBBELL, MI)

College/University in Houghton:

  • Michigan Technological University (Full-time enrollment: 6,078; Location: 1400 Townsend Drive; Public; Website: www.mtu.edu; Offers Doctor's degree)

Other colleges/universities with over 2000 students near Houghton:

  • Northern Michigan University (about 68 miles; Marquette, MI; Full-time enrollment: 8,258)
  • Northcentral Technical College (about 157 miles; Wausau, WI; FT enrollment: 3,356)
  • University of Minnesota-Duluth (about 168 miles; Duluth, MN; FT enrollment: 10,612)
  • The College of Saint Scholastica (about 169 miles; Duluth, MN; FT enrollment: 3,762)
  • University of Wisconsin-Superior (about 169 miles; Superior, WI; FT enrollment: 2,302)
  • Lake Superior College (about 171 miles; Duluth, MN; FT enrollment: 3,768)
  • Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (about 181 miles; Green Bay, WI; FT enrollment: 6,069)

Public high school in Houghton:

Public elementary/middle schools in Houghton:

See full list of schools located in Houghton

Library in Houghton:

  • PORTAGE LAKE DISTRICT LIBRARY (Operating income: $459,975; Location: 58 HURON STREET; 39,692 books; 3,119 audio materials; 1,598 video materials; 1 other licensed databases; 70 print serial subscriptions)

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Houghton: Superior Block Company (A), Sands Development Company (B), Micheal Messner Coal Dock (C), Hamar Quandt Company (D), Administration Building (E), ROTC Building (F), Academic Office Building (G), Dow Environmental Sciences and Engineering Building (H), Alumni House (I), Walker Arts and Humanities Center (J), Minerals and Materials Engineering Building (K), Hamar House Counseling Center (L), Grover C Dillman Hall (M), Fisher Hall (N), J R Van Pelt Library (O), U J Noblet Forest Building (P), Chemical Sciences & Engineering Building (Q), R L Smith Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics Building (R), Student Development Complex (S), Douglass Houghton Hall (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Shopping Center: Copper County Mall (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Churches in Houghton include: Trinity Episcopal Church (A), Saint Ignatius Loyala Church (B), Seventh Day Adventist Church (C), Maranatha Free Lutheran Church (D), Grace United Methodist Church (E), Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (F), Evangel Baptist Church (G), Christian Science Church (H), Houghton Baptist Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lake: Huron Lake (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Parks in Houghton include: Sherman Field (1), Grace Methodist Church Historical Marker (2), Saint Ignatius Loyola Church Historical Marker (3), Trinity Episcopal Church Historical Marker (4), Houghton City Park (5), Houghton County Historical Marker (6), Houghton County Courthouse Historical Marker (7), Michigan Tech Historical Marker (8). Display/hide their locations on the map

Hotels: Downtowner Motel (110 Shelden Avenue), Best Western Franklin Square (820 Shelden Avenue), Best Western Franklin Square Inn (820 Shelden Avenue), Best Value King's Inn (215 Shelden Avenue), College Motel (1308 College Avenue), Budget Host Inn (US41 Southeast).

Birthplace of: Dolly Gray - Baseball player, Donald G. Saari - Economist, Jake Hauswirth - Ice hockey player, Jeff Finger - Ice hockey player, Nancy Harkness Love - Aviator, George Brunet - Baseball player, George G. Wills - Politician, Herman Gundlach - Football player, P. J. Olsson - Singer, Paul Kangas - Broadcast news analyst.

Houghton County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

Drinking water stations with addresses in Houghton and their reported violations in the past:

PORTAGE LAKE GOLF COURSE - MTU (Population served: 140, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In SEP-2009, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (SEP-29-2009), St Public Notif issued (SEP-29-2009), St Tech Assistance Visit (OCT-05-2009), St Compliance achieved (MAY-14-2010)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In OCT-2008, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (OCT-03-2008), St Public Notif issued (OCT-03-2008), St Tech Assistance Visit (OCT-10-2008), St Unresolved (DEC-03-2008), St Compliance achieved (JUN-18-2009)
Past monitoring violations:
  • 5 routine major monitoring violations
  • One regular monitoring violation
ISLE ROYALE - WINDIGO (Population served: 115, Surface water):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 2 regular monitoring violations
PILGRIM RIVER STEAK HOUSE (Population served: 100, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In OCT-2005, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Formal NOV issued (OCT-10-2005), St Public Notif issued (OCT-10-2005), St Public Notif received (OCT-10-2005), St Compliance achieved (JAN-03-2006)
Past monitoring violations:
  • 4 routine major monitoring violations
JULIE'S MOTOR INN (Population served: 75, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In SEP-2007, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif received (OCT-01-2007), St Violation/Reminder Notice (OCT-01-2007), St Public Notif issued (OCT-01-2007), St Violation/Reminder Notice (OCT-09-2007), St Tech Assistance Visit (OCT-15-2007), St Unresolved (NOV-06-2007), St Tech Assistance Visit (DEC-04-2007), St Compliance achieved (JAN-22-2008)
Past monitoring violations:
  • 3 routine major monitoring violations

Drinking water stations with addresses in Houghton that have no violations reported:

  • ISLE ROYALE-ROCK HARBOR (Population served: 335, Primary Water Source Type: Surface water)
  • ISLE ROYALE - MOTT ISLAND (Population served: 75, Primary Water Source Type: Surface water)
Average household size:
This city:

2.4 people
Michigan:

2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:

38.1%
Whole state:

66.0%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:

4.0%
Whole state:

6.4%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.1% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.2% of all households

People in group quarters in Houghton in 2010:

  • 1,979 people in college/university student housing
  • 31 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 28 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 9 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 8 people in residential treatment centers for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 3 people in group homes intended for adults

People in group quarters in Houghton in 2000:

  • 2,033 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 26 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 8 people in other types of correctional institutions
  • 4 people in religious group quarters
Arena or stadium:
  • John MacInnes Ice Arena. Michigan Technological University.

Banks with branches in Houghton (2011 data):

  • Wells Fargo Bank, National Association: Houghton Main Branch at 600 Shelden Avenue, branch established on 1865/04/18; Houghton University Branch at 1303 College Avenue, branch established on 1967/04/10. Info updated 2011/04/05: Bank assets: $1,161,490.0 mil, Deposits: $905,653.0 mil, headquarters in Sioux Falls, SD, positive income, 6395 total offices, Holding Company: Wells Fargo & Company
  • Superior National Bank & Trust Company: Econo Foods Branch at 1000 West Sharon Avenue, branch established on 1994/01/21; Ridgecrest Plaza Branch at 960 Razorback Drive Suite # 1, branch established on 1980/08/25. Info updated 2009/03/03: Bank assets: $511.7 mil, Deposits: $439.5 mil, headquarters in Hancock, MI, positive income, 10 total offices, Holding Company: Keweenaw Financial Corporation
  • River Valley Bank: Houghton Branch at 19795 West Sharon Avenue, branch established on 1978/06/05. Info updated 2007/11/20: Bank assets: $984.4 mil, Deposits: $839.5 mil, headquarters in Wausau, WI, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 19 total offices, Holding Company: River Valley Bancorporation, Inc.
  • Citizens Bank: Houghton Branch at 901 West Sharon Avenue, branch established on 1995/08/15. Info updated 2011/08/01: Bank assets: $9,212.3 mil, Deposits: $7,452.0 mil, headquarters in Flint, MI, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 220 total offices, Holding Company: Citizens Republic Bancorp, Inc.
  • Range Bank, National Association: Houghton Office at 48345 Highway M-26, branch established on 2002/07/24. Info updated 2007/01/23: Bank assets: $266.3 mil, Deposits: $228.1 mil, headquarters in Negaunee, MI, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 14 total offices, Holding Company: Range Financial Corporation
  • The Miners State Bank: Houghton Branch at 1203 Ridge Road, branch established on 2003/10/20. Info updated 2010/07/26: Bank assets: $128.5 mil, Deposits: $115.8 mil, headquarters in Iron River, MI, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 6 total offices, Holding Company: Msb Bankshares, Inc.

For population 15 years and over in Houghton:

Marital status in Houghton, MI
  • Never married: 68.6%
  • Now married: 22.2%
  • Separated: 0.3%
  • Widowed: 4.1%
  • Divorced: 4.9%

For population 25 years and over in Houghton:

  • High school or higher: 94.4%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 51.2%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 24.8%
  • Unemployed: 8.7%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 10.6 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2017
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2017
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

11.3
Michigan average:

10.8

Travel time (in minutes) to work in 2017
Means of transportation to work in 2017 - Houghton
Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Houghton, MI (based on Houghton County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic8,3749
Mainline Protestant4,02620
Evangelical Protestant2,84130
Other3567
Orthodox1001
None20,931-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 11
This county:

3.15 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.34 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 4
This county:

1.14 / 10,000 pop.
Michigan:

1.52 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 16
This county:

4.58 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.99 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 40
Houghton County:

11.44 / 10,000 pop.
Michigan:

6.80 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Houghton County:

9.4%
Michigan:

9.7%
Adult obesity rate:
This county:

28.8%
Michigan:

29.7%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Houghton County:

10.6%
State:

13.4%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
This city:

52.6%
State:

49.4%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Houghton:

56.7%
Michigan:

46.5%

Average BMI:
Houghton:

26.5
State:

28.8

People feeling badly about themselves:
Houghton:

16.4%
State:

21.1%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
This city:

8.4%
State:

10.5%

Average hours sleeping at night:
This city:

6.9
Michigan:

6.8

Overweight people:
This city:

22.1%
Michigan:

34.2%

General health condition:
Houghton:

64.2%
Michigan:

56.1%

Average condition of hearing:
This city:

83.1%
Michigan:

79.2%

More about Health and Nutrition of Houghton, MI Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2012)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Streets and Highways 11$39,163$42,7234$7,246
Police Protection - Officers 7$28,516$48,8855$5,555
Other Government Administration 4$20,566$61,6980$0
Financial Administration 3$8,712$34,8481$919
Housing and Community Development (Local) 3$7,669$30,6762$2,606
Water Supply 2$7,652$45,9120$0
Other and Unallocable 2$4,935$29,6102$2,061
Transit 1$2,768$33,2168$14,256
Police - Other 1$2,582$30,9841$917
Firefighters 0$0 0$0
Parks and Recreation 0$0 0$0
Totals for Government 34$122,563$43,25823$33,560

Houghton government finances - Expenditure in 2012 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - Sewerage: $1,649,000 ($209.05)
    General - Other: $1,169,000 ($148.20)
    Regular Highways: $972,000 ($123.23)
    Police Protection: $771,000 ($97.74)
    Housing and Community Development: $587,000 ($74.42)
    Water Utilities: $574,000 ($72.77)
    Transit Utilities: $526,000 ($66.68)
    Parks and Recreation: $343,000 ($43.48)
    Central Staff Services: $317,000 ($40.19)
    Local Fire Protection: $264,000 ($33.47)
    Solid Waste Management: $156,000 ($19.78)
    General Public Buildings: $140,000 ($17.75)
    Financial Administration: $116,000 ($14.71)
    Parking Facilities: $116,000 ($14.71)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $381,000 ($48.30)
  • Other Capital Outlay - General - Other: $808,000 ($102.43)
    Water Utilities: $194,000 ($24.59)
    Transit Utilities: $146,000 ($18.51)
    Sewerage: $140,000 ($17.75)
    Parking Facilities: $97,000 ($12.30)
    Police Protection: $10,000 ($1.27)
    Local Fire Protection: $10,000 ($1.27)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $1,767,000 ($224.01)
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $220,000 ($27.89)

Houghton government finances - Revenue in 2012 (per resident):

  • Charges - Other: $2,666,000 ($337.98)
    Sewerage: $1,988,000 ($252.03)
    Parks and Recreation: $343,000 ($43.48)
    Housing and Community Development: $300,000 ($38.03)
    Parking Facilities: $202,000 ($25.61)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Transit Utilities: $125,000 ($15.85)
    Housing and Community Development: $93,000 ($11.79)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $1,224,000 ($155.17)
    Interest Earnings: $105,000 ($13.31)
    Sale of Property: $37,000 ($4.69)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $1,035,000 ($131.21)
    Transit Utilities: $110,000 ($13.95)
  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $742,000 ($94.07)
    Highways: $604,000 ($76.57)
    Transit Utilities: $237,000 ($30.05)
    Other: $78,000 ($9.89)
    Housing and Community Development: $76,000 ($9.63)
  • Tax - Property: $2,470,000 ($313.13)
    Other License: $3,000 ($0.38)

Houghton government finances - Debt in 2012 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $11,228,000 ($1423.43)
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $10,632,000 ($1347.87)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $981,000 ($124.37)
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $385,000 ($48.81)

Houghton government finances - Cash and Securities in 2012 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $3,364,000 ($426.47)

5.38% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($46,067 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.38%
Michigan average:

5.43%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from Marquette County, MI  0.37% ($31,205 average AGI)
from Keweenaw County, MI  0.25% ($29,033)
from Baraga County, MI  0.21% ($26,280)


6.17% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($40,319 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.17%
Michigan average:

5.69%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Marquette County, MI  0.46% ($29,655 average AGI)
to Keweenaw County, MI  0.23% ($51,071)
to Oakland County, MI  0.23% ($39,429)
Businesses in Houghton, MI
NameCountNameCount
AT&T2McDonald's1
Applebee's1Nike5
Arby's1OfficeMax1
Curves1Pizza Hut1
Dairy Queen1Quiznos1
FedEx2Sears1
Ford1Subway4
GNC1Super 81
H&R Block1Taco Bell1
Holiday Inn1Travelodge1
JCPenney1True Value2
Jones New York1U-Haul1
KFC1UPS6
La-Z-Boy1Vans2
Little Caesars Pizza1Verizon Wireless2
MasterBrand Cabinets2Walmart1
Maurices1

Strongest AM radio stations in Houghton:

  • WCCY (1400 AM; 1 kW; HOUGHTON, MI; Owner: TU-MAR BROADCASTING, INC)
  • WMPL (920 AM; 1 kW; HANCOCK, MI)
  • WEBC (560 AM; 50 kW; DULUTH, MN)
  • WSPT (1010 AM; 50 kW; STEVENS POINT, WI)
  • WSAU (550 AM; 20 kW; WAUSAU, WI; Owner: WRIG, INC.)
  • WZAM (970 AM; 5 kW; ISHPEMING, MI)
  • WTCM (580 AM; 35 kW; TRAVERSE CITY, MI; Owner: WTCM RADIO, INC.)
  • WDBC (680 AM; 10 kW; ESCANABA, MI; Owner: KMB BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WJMS (590 AM; 5 kW; IRONWOOD, MI; Owner: ROBERTS BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WNAM (1280 AM; 50 kW; NEENAH-MENASHA, WI; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WDMJ (1320 AM; 5 kW; MARQUETTE, MI; Owner: NORTHERN STAR BROADCASTING, L.L.C.)
  • WCCO (830 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: INFINITY MEDIA CORPORATION)
  • WTMJ (620 AM; 50 kW; MILWAUKEE, WI; Owner: JOURNAL BROADCAST CORPORATION)

Strongest FM radio stations in Houghton:

  • WGLI (98.7 FM; HANCOCK, MI; Owner: KEWEENAW BAY INDIAN COMMUNITY)
  • WOLV (97.7 FM; HOUGHTON, MI; Owner: TU-MAR BROADCASTING, INC)
  • WHKB (102.3 FM; HOUGHTON, MI; Owner: TU-MAR BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WKMJ-FM (93.5 FM; HANCOCK, MI; Owner: VICTOR BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • W260AC (99.9 FM; HOUGHTON, MI; Owner: GOSPEL OPPORTUNITIES, INC.)
  • WGGL-FM (91.1 FM; HOUGHTON, MI; Owner: MINNESOTA PUBLIC RADIO, INC.)
  • WMTU-FM (91.9 FM; HOUGHTON, MI; Owner: MICHIGAN TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY)
  • W224AO (92.7 FM; HOUGHTON, MI; Owner: MINNESOTA PUBLIC RADIO)
  • WCUP (105.7 FM; L'ANSE, MI; Owner: KEWEENAW BAY INDIAN COMMUNITY)
  • WVCN (104.3 FM; BARAGA, MI; Owner: KEWEENAW BAY BROADCASTING, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Houghton:

  • WBKP (Channel 5; CALUMET, MI; Owner: SCANLAN TELEVISION, INC.)
Houghton fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 2017
Fatal road traffic accident statistics for 1975 - 2017
See more detailed statistics of Houghton fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2017 here
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 5Number of bridges
  • 148ft / 44.9mTotal length
  • 35,248Total average daily traffic
  • 1,289Total average daily truck traffic
  • 39,647Total future (year 2013) average daily traffic

FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers:

3 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Houghton)

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

43 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)

FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers:

4 (See the full list of FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers in Houghton, MI)

FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers)

FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers:

19 (See the full list of FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers)

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

23 (See the full list of FCC Registered Microwave Towers in this town)

FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers:

3 (See the full list of FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers)

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

123 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Houghton)

FAA Registered Aircraft:

5
  • Aircraft: NORDSIEK HENRY F JR RV-7A (Category: Land, Seats: 2, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds), Engine: LYCOMING O-320-D2B (160 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 388GN , Serial Number: 001, Year manufactured: 2011, Airworthiness Date: 09/02/2011, Certificate Issue Date: 09/09/2009
    Registrant (Individual): Henry F Jr Nordsiek, 105 E Houghton Ave, Houghton, MI 49931
  • Aircraft: BEECH 58 (Category: Land, Engines: 2, Seats: 6, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 165 mph), Engine: CONT MOTOR IO 520 SERIES (285 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 4115S , Serial Number: TH-644, Airworthiness Date: 05/29/1975, Certificate Issue Date: 10/01/2018
    Registrant (Individual): Michael A Cyrus, 7029 Sandpiper Dr, Houghton, MI 49931
  • Aircraft: BEECH V35B (Category: Land, Seats: 6, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 150 mph), Engine: CONT MOTOR IO 520 SERIES (285 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 79PR , Serial Number: D-9138, Year manufactured: 1970, Airworthiness Date: 03/23/1970, Certificate Issue Date: 06/09/1999
    Registrant (Co-Owned): Michael A Cyrus, 7029 Sandpiper Dr, Houghton, MI 49931, Other Owners: Danielle M Cyrus
  • Aircraft: CESSNA P172D (Category: Land, Seats: 4, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 108 mph), Engine: CONT MOTOR GO-300 SERIES (175 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 8546X , Serial Number: P17257146, Year manufactured: 1962, Airworthiness Date: 10/24/1962, Certificate Issue Date: 10/02/1985
    Registrant (Individual): Robert J Long, 514 Seventh Ave, Houghton, MI 49931
  • Aircraft: MOONEY M20J (Category: Land, Seats: 4, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 126 mph), Engine: LYCOMING AEIO-360 SER (180 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 20WR , Serial Number: 24-1299, Year manufactured: 1979, Airworthiness Date: 11/14/1984, Certificate Issue Date: 01/20/2000
    Registrant (Individual): Paul Kjeldsen, 506 Shelden Ave, Houghton, MI 49931

2002 - 2018 National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) incidents

    Fire incident distribution by year According to the data from the years 2002 - 2018 the average number of fires per year is 19. The highest number of fire incidents - 35 took place in 2007, and the least - 11 in 2010. The data has a growing trend.
    Fire incident types in Houghton, MI When looking into fire subcategories, the most reports belonged to: Structure Fires (48.6%), and Outside Fires (23.4%).

    • Fire incident types reported to NFIRS in Houghton, MI
    • 15648.6%Structure Fires
    • 7523.4%Outside Fires
    • 5517.1%Mobile Property/Vehicle Fires
    • 3510.9%Other
See full National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Houghton, MI

Fire-safe hotels and motels in Houghton, Michigan:

  • Magnuson Franklin Square Inn, 820 Shelden Ave, Houghton, Michigan 49931 , Phone: (906) 487-1700, Fax: (906) 487-9432
  • Holiday Inn Express, 1110 Century Way, Houghton, Michigan 49931 , Phone: (906) 482-1066, Fax: (906) 482-2292
  • Country Inn & Suites, 919 Razorback Dr, Houghton, Michigan 49931 , Phone: (906) 487-6700, Fax: (906) 483-0359
  • Quality Inn and Suites Of Houghton, 215 Shelden Ave, Houghton, Michigan 49931 , Phone: (906) 482-1400, Fax: (906) 482-1403
All 4 fire-safe hotels and motels in Houghton, Michigan
Most common first names in Houghton, MI among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John6476.3 years
Mary4681.2 years
William4175.9 years
Robert3969.0 years
Helen3582.6 years
James2872.3 years
Elizabeth2383.1 years
Joseph2378.7 years
Arthur2275.8 years
George2174.4 years
Most common last names in Houghton, MI among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Johnson2177.0 years
Anderson1378.8 years
Lahti1373.1 years
Schutz1075.9 years
Wiitanen1075.0 years
Ruohonen975.3 years
Miller977.5 years
Williams974.0 years
Mattson874.7 years
Smith879.8 years
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Houghton, MI
  • 93.7%Utility gas
  • 2.3%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 1.7%Electricity
  • 1.1%Wood
  • 0.6%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 0.6%Other fuel
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Houghton, MI
  • 57.9%Utility gas
  • 37.5%Electricity
  • 2.6%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 1.7%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 0.3%Other fuel


Houghton compared to Michigan state average:

  • Median household income below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage below state average.
  • Median age significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly above state average.
  • Renting percentage significantly above state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.
  • Number of college students significantly above state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher significantly above state average.

Houghton on our top lists:

  • #9 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in industries: educational services (population 5,000+)"
  • #12 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: education, training, and library occupations (population 5,000+)"
  • #15 on the list of "Top 100 cities with shortest commuting times (pop. 5,000+)"
  • #16 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the lowest number of auto thefts per 100,000 residents (population 5,000+)"
  • #24 on the list of "Top 100 cities with highest percentage of college students (pop. 5,000+)"
  • #29 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: educational services (population 5,000+)"
  • #42 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: education, training, and library occupations (population 5,000+)"
  • #44 on the list of "Top 101 cities where the highest percentage of males (15+ years) which never married (with at least 1,000 males in this group)"
  • #50 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the lowest number of robberies per 100,000 residents (population 5,000+)"
  • #51 on the list of "Top 100 cities with the largest percentage of males (pop. 5,000+)"
  • #72 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most people walking to work (population 5,000+)"
  • #76 on the list of "Top 100 cities with youngest residents (pop. 5,000+)"
  • #83 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage of people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus) (population 1,000+)"
  • #93 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most residents born in China, excluding Hong Kong and Taiwan (population 500+)"
  • #95 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the lowest percentage of family households, population 1,000+"
  • #97 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most people having Doctorate degrees (population 500+)"
  • #101 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: food preparation and serving related occupations (population 5,000+)"
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