Profile for Houghton, Michigan, MI
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Houghton is a city in Houghton County.
It is the county seat.
The community was named after Douglass Houghton, Michigan's first state geologist
[NOTE: This is not the only community in Michigan named Houghton. For links to other places called Houghton, MI, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]
The latitude of Houghton is 47.121N. The longitude is -88.568W.
It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 643 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 7,134.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our Houghton demographic reports
Houghton is on Portage Lake
Copper mining flourished in the region in the 19th and early 20th centuries
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 2. The number of murders and homicides was 0. The violent crime rate was 0.3 per 1,000 people.
Ranked No. 10 on 50 Best Places to Live list by Men's Journal magazine, 2002
Local festivals include:
- Bridgefest - June 15-17, 2007
- Tip Up Town - Jan. 19-28, 2007
- Seafood Fest - June 14-16, 2007
- Spring Arts & Music Festival - June 9, 2007
- Winter Carnival - Feb. 7-11, 2007
- Multi-Cultural Festival - Sept. 15, 2007
Dates often change. Check Houghton web sites and events links in the sections below.
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Nearby parks & recreation:
Isle Royale National Park
Historic sites and museums: A.E Seaman Museum
Colleges and universities:
Michigan Technological University
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was on par with the national average. (See library links below.)
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Ancestry & family history
20% of Houghton residents report German ancestry, and 9% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Houghton ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Houghton was $11,750, compared with $21,587 nationally.
46% of Houghton residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Houghton festival dates:
Fairs, festivals & other events
- Seafood Fest - J
- Multi-Cultural Festival - S
- Spring Arts & Music Festival - J
- Bridgefest - J
- Winter Carnival - F
- Tip Up Town - J
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
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Historic districts in Houghton include Shelden Avenue Historic District ... View historic districts
Median rent in Houghton, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $336. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,025.
Libraries in Houghton include Portage Lake District Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Houghton include Daily Mining Gazette, Houghton Lake Resorter
National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WGGL-FM.
Houghton County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Houghton political report.
The average commute time for Houghton workers is 9 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
Hotels in Houghton include Best Western, Budget Host Inn Houghton, Country Inn & Suites, Holiday Inn Express, Travelodge Houghton.
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