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Overview

Introduction to Houghton, Michigan

Houghton, Michigan, in Houghton county, is 168 miles E of Duluth, Minnesota (center to center) and 263 miles NE of St. Paul, Minnesota.

Houghton History

Douglas Houghton is believed to have discovered copper in Houghton which explains the city's name. However, before the European settlement, the Native Americans had also mined copper. Numerous Cornish and Finnish immigrants came to work in the copper mines, and The Michigan School of Mines was founded in 1885. The earliest European settler was Ransom Sheldon. When the Keweenaw Waterway opened in 1873, it established Houghton as an important port. The post war boom and increased demand for copper wiring led to rapid development of Houghton during the 1860s and 1870s. By 1880, Houghton had become a prosperous city in Michigan.

Houghton and Nearby Attractions

  • Coppertown USA Mining Museum Complex
  • Fort Wilkins Historic Complex
  • F.J. McLain State Park
  • Hancock Recreation Area
  • Twin Lakes State Park

Things To Do In Houghton

Fort Wilkins Historic Complex and Coppertown USA Mining Museum Complex have historical artifacts on display. The Wilkins Historic State Park, Twin Lakes State Park, and Hancock Recreation Area offers provisions for various recreational activities like hiking, fishing, and mountain biking. Golf can be played at Portage Lake Golf Course.

Houghton Transportation

Air transportation is available from Sawyer International Airport.

Houghton Higher Education

Colleges and universities located near Houghton are Northern Michigan University, North Central Technical College, University of Wisconsin, and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College.

Demographics

People

Total Population7,924
Male Share of the Population61.9%
Female Share of the Population38.1%
Senior Citizens9.6%
Employed Population 16+3,003
Age of the Population23

Families

% of people married22.1%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher51.2%
Median Earnings25+$26,235
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$24,174

Wealth

Median Family Income$67,222
% Above Poverty Level58.3%
% Below Poverty Level41.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time11 minutes
% Working from Home3.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work32.5%
% Using Public Transportation1.5%

Housing

People Living Alone33.9%
Median Gross Rent$705
Median House Value$138,500

Ancestry

German23.1%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)19.2%
Irish10.6%
Finnish9.7%
English8.1%
Polish7.5%
French Except Basque6.4%
Italian6.3%
Dutch3%
Norwegian2.3%
Swedish2.3%
Canadian1.4%
Scottish1%
Welsh0.9%
Belgian0.7%
Israeli0.7%
Austrian0.6%
Danishn0.6%
Czech0.6%
African0.6%
Ukrainian0.5%
Hungarian0.5%
Greek0.4%
Slovak0.4%
Russian0.3%
Swiss0.3%
Turkish0.2%
Arab0.2%
West Indian0.1%
Belizean0.1%
Latvian0.1%
Slovene0.1%
Kenyan0.1%
Nigerian0.1%
South African0.1%
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Houghton Almanac

CategoryValue
County Houghton County
Standard Zip Codes49931, 49921
Phone Area Codes906
Time ZoneAmerica/Detroit
Approximate Latitude47.11
Approximate Longitude-88.56

Houghton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationHOUGHTON CO AP (HANCOCK)
Distance5.1 miles
Jan Temp8 to 22 F
Apr Temp30 to 47 F
Jul Temp55 to 76 F
Oct Temp36 to 52 F
Annual Precip33.8 inches
StationHERMAN
Distance33.1 miles
Jan Temp4 to 20 F
Apr Temp26 to 50 F
Jul Temp52 to 77 F
Oct Temp34 to 53 F
Annual Precip38.2 inches
StationKENTON
Distance46.6 miles
Jan Temp1 to 23 F
Apr Temp26 to 54 F
Jul Temp52 to 79 F
Oct Temp34 to 55 F
Annual Precip28.4 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Calumet666$30,313
Hancock4,596$53,542
Lake Linden1,157$44,485
Laurium2,007$48,750
South Range695$60,761

Houghton Public Libraries

Portage Lake District Library
58 HURON STREET
Houghton, Michigan
(906) 482-4570

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Houghton Public Schools

Houghton Elementary School
203 West Jacker Ave
ZIP: 49931
(906) 482-0456
Primary
Total Enrollment 631
Houghton Middle School
1603 Gundlach Rd
ZIP: 49931
(906) 482-4871
Middle
Total Enrollment 288
Houghton Central High School
1603 Gundlach Rd
ZIP: 49931
(906) 482-0450
High
Total Enrollment 451
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Historic Houghton

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Douglass i.e. Douglas House c1908.

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Douglass i.e. Douglas House c1908.

Michigan School of Mines c1906.

Michigan School of Mines between 1900 and 1910

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