Houghton, New York

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Population in 2010: 1,693. Population change since 2000: -3.1%
Males: 743  (43.9%)
Females: 950  (56.1%)
Median resident age:  20.7 years
New York median age:  38.2 years

Zip codes: 14744.

Estimated median household income in 2013: $54,399 (it was $37,639 in 2000)
Houghton:

$54,399
NY:

$57,369

Estimated per capita income in 2013: $12,285 (it was $9,139 in 2000)

Houghton CDP income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $117,128 (it was $90,200 in 2000)
Houghton:

$117,128
NY:

$277,600

Mean prices in 2013: All housing units: $127,141; Detached houses: $124,107

Median gross rent in 2013: $629.

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  • Races in Houghton, NY (2010)

    Houghton races chart
    • 1,52089.8%White alone
    • 764.5%Asian alone
    • 342.0%Black alone
    • 321.9%Hispanic
    • 251.5%Two or more races
    • 30.2%American Indian alone
    • 30.2%Other race alone

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

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Houghton: 95.4 (near average, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: German (19.7%), English (18.2%), Irish (14.2%), Italian (4.9%), Polish (4.0%), Dutch (3.9%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Land area: 2.44 square miles.

Population density: 693 people per square mile   (low).

Houghton,NY real estate house value index trend

Houghton, New York map

For population 25 years and over in Houghton:

  • High school or higher: 96.6%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 76.6%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 46.9%
  • Unemployed: 3.3%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 8.1 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Houghton CDP:

  • Never married: 70.6%
  • Now married: 22.1%
  • Separated: 0.7%
  • Widowed: 4.9%
  • Divorced: 1.6%

132 residents are foreign born (2.8% Asia, 1.2% North America, 0.9% Europe).

This place:

7.4%
New York:

22.3%



According to our research of New York and other state lists there was 1 registered sex offender living in Houghton, New York as of July 29, 2015.
The ratio of number of residents in Houghton to the number of sex offenders is 1,693 to 1.
The number of registered sex offenders compared to the number of residents in this city is smaller than the state average.


Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $4,764 (4.1%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $4,367 (3.1%)

Houghton satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Cheektowaga, NY (45.5 miles , pop. 79,988).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Buffalo, NY (48.3 miles , pop. 292,648).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Philadelphia, PA (229.7 miles , pop. 1,517,550).

Nearest cities: Caneadea, NY (1.3 miles ), Fillmore, NY (1.9 miles ), Hume, NY (2.1 miles ), Rushford, NY (2.2 miles ), Centerville, NY (2.4 miles ), Allen, NY (2.7 miles ), Belfast, NY (2.8 miles ), Granger, NY (2.9 miles ).

Latitude: 42.43 N, Longitude: 78.16 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 585

Houghton household income distribution Houghton home values distribution
Unemployment in June 2014:
Here:

6.2%
New York:

6.5%

Unemployment by year (%)

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Educational services (70%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • Manufacturing (4%)
  • Information (4%)
  • Other services, except public administration (3%)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation (3%)
  • Retail trade (1%)
  • Educational services (67%)
  • Other services, except public administration (9%)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation (7%)
  • Accommodation and food services (5%)
  • Health care and social assistance (4%)
  • Retail trade (3%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (2%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Education, training, and library occupations (22%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (11%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (11%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (8%)
  • Management occupations (7%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (6%)
  • Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations (6%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (29%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (15%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (13%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (11%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (8%)
  • Fire fighting and prevention, and other protective service workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Sales and related occupations (5%)

Work and jobs in Houghton: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in Houghton, New York

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Houghton-area historical tornado activity is near New York state average. It is 63% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/20/1969, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 9.1 miles away from the Houghton place center caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

On 7/24/1967, a category F3 tornado 17.3 miles away from the place center caused between $5000 and $50,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Houghton-area historical earthquake activity is near New York state average. It is 87% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

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, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 132.0 miles away from the city center
On 10/7/1983 at 10:18:46, a magnitude 5.3 (5.1 MB, 5.3 LG, 5.1 ML) earthquake occurred 219.5 miles away from Houghton center
On 1/31/1986 at 16:46:43, a magnitude 5.0 (5.0 MB) earthquake occurred 164.4 miles away from the city center
On 4/20/2002 at 10:50:47, a magnitude 5.2 (5.2 MB, 4.2 MS, 5.2 MW, 5.0 MW, Depth: 6.8 mi) earthquake occurred 264.6 miles away from the city center
On 1/26/2001 at 03:03:20, a magnitude 4.4 (3.9 MB, 4.4 LG, 4.3 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 139.6 miles away from Houghton center
On 1/16/1994 at 01:49:16, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB, 4.6 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 182.0 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Allegany County (14) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 10
Emergencies Declared: 4

Causes of natural disasters: Storms: 9, Floods: 7, Blizzard: 1, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1, Landslide: 1, Power Outage: 1, Tornado: 1, Tropical Storm: 1, Winter Storm: 1, Other: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Houghton topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers in Houghton:

  • ABSOLUT CTR FOR NURSING AND REHAB HOUGHTON L L C (9876 LUCKEY DRIVE)

Other hospitals and medical centers near Houghton:

  • FINGER LAKES DDSO (Hospital, about 16 miles away; NUNDA, NY)

College/University in Houghton:

  • Houghton College (Full-time enrollment: 1,160; Location: 1 Willard Ave; Private, not-for-profit; Website: www.houghton.edu; Offers Master's degree)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Houghton:

  • SUNY College of Technology at Alfred (about 23 miles; Alfred, NY; Full-time enrollment: 3,483)
  • Alfred University (about 23 miles; Alfred, NY; FT enrollment: 2,411)
  • St Bonaventure University (about 29 miles; Saint Bonaventure, NY; FT enrollment: 2,286)
  • SUNY College at Geneseo (about 31 miles; Geneseo, NY; FT enrollment: 5,520)
  • Bryant & Stratton College-Online (about 41 miles; Orchard Park, NY; FT enrollment: 2,212)
  • Genesee Community College (about 41 miles; Batavia, NY; FT enrollment: 4,290)
  • Erie Community College (about 49 miles; Buffalo, NY; FT enrollment: 11,035)

Public high school in Houghton:

Private high school in Houghton:

  • HOUGHTON ACADEMY (Students: 171; Location: 9790 THAYER ST; Grades: 7 - 12)

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Notable locations in Houghton: Fiegl Maintenance Building (A), Shenawana Dormitory (B), Nielsen Physical Education Center (C), Stevens Art Studio (D), Gillette Hall (E), Houghton College Center For The Arts (F), Luckey Building (G), Rothenbuhler Hall (H), Chamberlain Center (I), William J Houghton Memorial Library (J), Paine Science Center (K), Lambein Hall (L), Fancher Hall (M), The Waters of Houghton (N). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Houghton include: Houghton Wesleyan Church (A), Wesley Chapel (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Allegany County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 13.3%
(11.5% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 14.3% for Black residents)
Average household size:
This place:  2.7 people
New York:  2.6 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:  68.9%
Whole state:  63.5%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:  0.4%
Whole state:  6.8%

No gay or lesbian households reported

People in group quarters in Houghton in 2010:

  • 912 people in college/university student housing
  • 91 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 44 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
825 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus) in 2000
98 people in nursing homes in 2000

Houghton, New York environmental map by EPA

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Houghton compared to New York state average:

  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Number of rooms per house above state average.
  • Institutionalized population percentage significantly above state average.
  • Number of college students significantly above state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher significantly above state average.

Banks with branches in Houghton (2011 data):

  • Community Bank, National Association: Houghton College Branch at Houghton College/Reinhold Campus Center, branch established on 1998/02/23. Info updated 2011/06/13: Bank assets: $6,460.6 mil, Deposits: $4,840.4 mil, headquarters in Canton, NY, positive income, 175 total offices, Holding Company: Community Bank System, Inc.

Educational Attainment (%) in 2013

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2013

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

11.5
New York average:

13.9

Houghton travel time to work - commute Houghton mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (76%)
  • Electricity (16%)
  • Wood (4%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (1%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (1%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

1996 Presidential Elections Results

2000 Presidential Elections Results

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2008 Presidential Elections Results

2012 Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Houghton CDP (based on Allegany County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant4,88146
Mainline Protestant4,79839
Catholic4,31310
Other2444
None34,710-
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: 15
Allegany County:

3.03 / 10,000 pop.
New York:

4.13 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 2
Allegany County:

0.40 / 10,000 pop.
New York:

0.92 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 26
Allegany County:

5.25 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.68 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 42
Here:

8.48 / 10,000 pop.
State:

8.82 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

8.8%
New York:

8.2%
Adult obesity rate:
Allegany County:

25.6%
New York:

23.8%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

11.5%
State:

15.6%

4.77% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($29,330 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.77%
New York average:

5.06%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Cattaraugus County, NY  0.62% ($22,941 average AGI)
from Steuben County, NY  0.51% ($28,181)
from Erie County, NY  0.44% ($30,113)


5.58% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($31,101 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.58%
New York average:

5.46%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Cattaraugus County, NY  0.90% ($24,633 average AGI)
to Steuben County, NY  0.62% ($29,059)
to Monroe County, NY  0.36% ($29,138)

Strongest AM radio stations in Houghton:

  • WWKB (1520 AM; 50 kW; BUFFALO, NY; Owner: ENTERCOM BUFFALO LICENSE, LLC)
  • WHAM (1180 AM; 50 kW; ROCHESTER, NY; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • WHHO (1320 AM; 5 kW; HORNELL, NY; Owner: BILBAT RADIO, INC.)
  • WCJW (1140 AM; daytime; 3 kW; WARSAW, NY; Owner: LLOYD LANE, INCORPORATED)
  • WGR (550 AM; 5 kW; BUFFALO, NY; Owner: ENTERCOM BUFFALO LICENSE, LLC)
  • WABH (1380 AM; 10 kW; BATH, NY)
  • WGGO (1590 AM; 5 kW; SALAMANCA, NY; Owner: CATT COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WNED (970 AM; 5 kW; BUFFALO, NY)
  • WXRL (1300 AM; 5 kW; LANCASTER, NY; Owner: DOME BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WTOR (770 AM; daytime; 9 kW; YOUNGSTOWN, NY; Owner: BIRACH BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WLEA (1480 AM; 3 kW; HORNELL, NY; Owner: PMJ COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WHLD (1270 AM; 5 kW; NIAGARA FALLS, NY; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KDKA (1020 AM; 50 kW; PITTSBURGH, PA; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Houghton:

  • WJSL (90.3 FM; HOUGHTON, NY; Owner: WXXI PUBLIC BROADCASTING COUNCIL)
  • WNSA (107.7 FM; WETHERSFIELD TWNSHP, NY; Owner: ADELPHIA COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION, DEBTOR-IN-POSSESSION)
  • WTSS (102.5 FM; BUFFALO, NY; Owner: ENTERCOM BUFFALO LICENSE, LLC)
  • WZKZ (101.9 FM; ALFRED, NY; Owner: PEMBROOK PINES ELMIRA, LTD.)
  • WDNY-FM (93.9 FM; DANSVILLE, NY; Owner: MILLER MEDIA INC.)
  • WCID (89.1 FM; FRIENDSHIP, NY; Owner: FAMILY LIFE MINISTRIES, INC.)
  • WJQZ (103.5 FM; WELLSVILLE, NY; Owner: DBM COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • W201CY (88.1 FM; DANSVILLE, NY; Owner: MARS HILL BROADCASTING CO., INC.)
  • WPIG (95.7 FM; OLEAN, NY; Owner: ARROW COMMUNICATIONS OF N.Y., INC.)
  • W246AP (97.1 FM; DANSVILLE, NY; Owner: CALVARY CHAPEL OF THE FINGER LAKES)
  • W282AC (104.3 FM; DANSVILLE, NY; Owner: FAMILY LIFE MINISTRIES, INC.)
  • WCIY (88.9 FM; CANANDAIGUA, NY; Owner: FAMILY LIFE MINISTRIES, INC.)
  • WOLN (91.3 FM; OLEAN, NY; Owner: STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK)
  • WKPQ (105.3 FM; HORNELL, NY; Owner: BILBAT RADIO, INC.)
  • WFXF (107.3 FM; SOUTH BRISTOL TOWNSH, NY; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • WNVE (95.1 FM; HONEOYE FALLS, NY; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • WNED-FM (94.5 FM; BUFFALO, NY; Owner: WESTERN NEW YORK PUBLIC B/C ASSOC.)
  • WCOU (88.3 FM; WARSAW, NY; Owner: FAMILY LIFE MINISTRIES, INC.)
  • WBUF (92.9 FM; BUFFALO, NY; Owner: INFINITY RADIO OPERATIONS INC.)
  • WCKR (92.1 FM; HORNELL, NY; Owner: PMJ COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Houghton:

  • WKBW-TV (Channel 7; BUFFALO, NY; Owner: WKBW-TV LICENSE, INC.)
  • WGRZ-TV (Channel 2; BUFFALO, NY; Owner: MULTIMEDIA ENTERTAINMENT, INC.)
  • WNGS (Channel 67; SPRINGVILLE, NY; Owner: CAROLINE K. POWLEY D/B/A UNICORN/SPRINGVILLE)
  • WIVB-TV (Channel 4; BUFFALO, NY; Owner: WIVB BROADCASTING, LLC)
  • WNYO-TV (Channel 49; BUFFALO, NY; Owner: NEW YORK TELEVISION, INC.)
  • WPXJ-TV (Channel 51; BATAVIA, NY; Owner: PAXSON BUFFALO LICENSE, INC.)
  • W56AV (Channel 56; RUSHFORD & HOUGHTON, NY; Owner: WESTERN NEW YORK PUBLIC B/CING.ASSN.)
  • W62AQ (Channel 62; FILLMORE, NY; Owner: WESTERN NEW YORK PUBLIC B/CING.ASSN.)

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

4
  • Edward G Roach, 9823 School Farm Road (Ny11724-S) (Lat: 42.435000 Lon: -78.178750), Type: 60.7, Overall height: 57.9 m
    Registrant: 5619957670, Eroach@sbasite.Com, 5900 BROKEN SOUND PKWY NW
  • Edward G Roach, 9823 School Farm Road (Ny11724-S) (Lat: 42.435000 Lon: -78.178750), Type: 60.7, Overall height: 57.9 m
    Registrant: 5619957670, Eroach@sbasite.Com, 5900 BROKEN SOUND PKWY NW
  • Edward G Roach, 9823 School Farm Road (Lat: 42.435000 Lon: -78.178750), Type: 60.6, Overall height: 59.4 m
    Registrant: 5619957670, Eroach@sbasite.Com, 5900 BROKEN SOUND PARKWAY NW
  • Edward G Roach, 9823 School Farm Road (Lat: 42.435000 Lon: -78.178750), Type: 60.6, Overall height: 59.4 m
    Registrant: 5619957670, Eroach@sbasite.Com, 5900 BROKEN SOUND PARKWAY NW

FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

4
  • North River Rd (Lat: 42.425611 Lon: -78.154722), Call Sign: KTL710, Licensee ID: L00005269
    Assigned Frequencies: 46.3600 MHz
    Grant Date: 04/05/2013, Expiration Date: 06/28/2023
    Registrant: County Of Allegany, 4884 State Route 19, Belmont, NY 14813, Phone: (585) 268-5290, Fax: (585) 268-9695, Email:
  • 1300 Ft N Of Int Of School Farm And Tucker Hill Rd (Lat: 42.438944 Lon: -78.178889), Call Sign: WNSG909, Licensee ID: L00106032
    Assigned Frequencies: 154.471 MHz
    Grant Date: 03/14/2000, Expiration Date: 05/21/2005, Cancellation Date: 07/23/2005
    Registrant: Caneadea, Town Of, Rt 19, Caneadea, NY 14717, Phone: (716) 365-2962
  • Rt 19 (Lat: 42.421444 Lon: -78.157778), Call Sign: KTL600
    Assigned Frequencies: 45.9200 MHz
    Grant Date: 09/10/2011, Expiration Date: 09/15/2021
    Registrant: County Of Allegany, 4884 State Route 19, Belmont, NY 14813, Phone: (585) 268-7658
  • Lat: 42.426444 Lon: -78.155278, Call Sign: KNIB963
    Assigned Frequencies: 451.662 MHz, 456.662 MHz
    Grant Date: 03/04/2004, Expiration Date: 04/26/2014, Certifier: G Ange Szymanski
    Registrant: Skylines Unlimited Inc, 100 Stone Church Road, Carlisle, PA 17015, Phone: (717) 218-5003, Fax: (717) 218-5005, Email:

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

11 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Houghton)
Most common first names in Houghton, NY among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Mary1482.2 years
Ruth1383.1 years
James1176.4 years
Charles882.5 years
Robert782.6 years
William672.7 years
Helen681.5 years
Elizabeth683.3 years
Katherine688.7 years
Margaret669.0 years
Most common last names in Houghton, NY among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Clark979.2 years
Smith689.0 years
Fancher589.4 years
Crandall480.2 years
Barker485.0 years
Paine484.5 years
Ries482.0 years
Babbitt360.6 years
Bowen380.7 years
Osgood381.3 years

Businesses in Houghton, NY

  • Subway: 1

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