Houghton, MI

Census Place

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2022 Population
8,303
8.18% 1-year growth
US Senator
Debbie Stabenow
Democratic Party
US Senator
Gary Peters
Democratic Party
2022 Median Age
22.2
1.37% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
34.9%
3.21% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$29,821
20.9% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$203,900
17.7% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
3,526
16.8% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Houghton, MI had a population of 8.3k people with a median age of 22.2 and a median household income of $29,821. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Houghton, MI grew from 7,675 to 8,303, a 8.18% increase and its median household income grew from $24,660 to $29,821, a 20.9% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Houghton, MI are White (Non-Hispanic) (77.7%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (9.12%), Other (Non-Hispanic) (3.34%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (3.25%), and Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.81%).

None of the households in Houghton, MI reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

85.8% of the residents in Houghton, MI are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Houghton, MI are Michigan Technological University (1,754 degrees awarded in 2022).

In 2022, the median property value in Houghton, MI was $203,900, and the homeownership rate was 35.2%.

Most people in Houghton, MI drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 11.7 minutes. The average car ownership in Houghton, MI was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Houghton, MI is home to a population of 8.3k people, from which 85.8% are citizens. As of 2022, 16.1% of Houghton, MI residents were born outside of the country (1.34k people).

In 2022, there were 8.52 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (6.45k people) in Houghton, MI than any other race or ethnicity. There were 757 Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 277 Other (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

85.8%
2022 Citizenship
89.8%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 85.8% of Houghton, MI residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Houghton, MI was 89.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Houghton, MI
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    6.45k ± 325
  2. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
    757 ± 97
  3. Other (Non-Hispanic)
    277 ± 327
3.28%
Hispanic Population
272 people

In 2022, there were 8.52 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (6.45k people) in Houghton, MI than any other race or ethnicity. There were 757 Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 277 Other (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

3.28% of the people in Houghton, MI are hispanic (272 people).

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    79,402 ± 6,891 people
  2. India
    76,527 ± 6,766 people
  3. Iraq
    57,451 ± 5,868 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Michigan was Mexico, the natal country of 79,402 Michigan residents, followed by India with 76,527 and Iraq with 57,451.

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Foreign-Born Population

16.1%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
1.34k people
12.4%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
953 people

As of 2022, 16.1% of Houghton, MI residents (1.34k people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Houghton, MI was 12.4%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Gulf War (2001-)
    64 ± 65
  2. Korea
    44 ± 36
  3. Vietnam
    37 ± 38

Houghton, MI has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 1.45 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Houghton, MI employs 3.53k people. The largest industries in Houghton, MI are Educational Services (1,361 people), Retail Trade (443 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (418 people), and the highest paying industries are Public Administration ($63,214), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($61,250), and Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($56,250).

Males in Michigan have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $58,244. The income inequality in Michigan (measured using the Gini index) is 0.466, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

3.53k
2022 Value
± 465
16.8%
1 Year growth
± 15.5%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Houghton, MI grew at a rate of 16.8%, from 3.02k employees to 3.53k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Houghton, MI, are Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (755 people), Sales & Related Occupations (399 people), and Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (277 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Houghton, MI.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

3.53k
2022 Value
± 465
16.8%
1 Year growth
± 15.5%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Houghton, MI grew at a rate of 16.8%, from 3.02k employees to 3.53k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Houghton, MI, are Educational Services (1,361 people), Retail Trade (443 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (418 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Houghton, MI, though some of these residents may live in Houghton, MI and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$13,528
Median earning men ± $5,542
$15,942
Median earning women ± $4,637

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($71,607), Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($55,476), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($30,441).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($75,339), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($26,750), and Manufacturing ($26,071).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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2.16%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 4.37M people employed in Michigan. This represents a 2.16% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 23.6%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Michigan.

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Michigan went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 50.6% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (47.8%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.09%).

Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters are the senators currently representing the state of Michigan. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Michigan is currently represented by 13 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Michigan

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Debbie Stabenow
Senator from Michigan1
Assumed office on January 3, 2001
Gary Peters
Senator from Michigan2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015

Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters are the senators currently representing Michigan.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from Michigan

Michigan is currently represented by 13 members in the U.S. house.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Houghton, MI awarded 1,754 degrees. The student population of Houghton, MI in 2022 is skewed towards men, with 4,952 male students and 2,111 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Houghton, MI are White (1,388 and 90.4%), followed by Two or More Races (48 and 3.13%), Asian (28 and 1.82%), and Unknown (27 and 1.76%).

The largest universities in Houghton, MI by number of degrees awarded are Michigan Technological University (1,754 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Houghton, MI are Mechanical Engineering (378 and 21.6%), Electrical & Electronics Engineering (118 and 6.73%), and General Civil Engineering (99 and 5.64%).

The median tuition cost in Houghton, MI for a public four year colleges is $18,592 for in-state students and $40,929 for out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Houghton, MI, the percentage of applicants admitted was 93.7%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 18.8%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 7,063 (70.1% men and 29.9% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 7,063 students enrolled in Houghton, MI, 70.1% men and 29.9% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 5,365 records, of which 29.8% were women and 70.2% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 266 degrees awarded
  2. 102 degrees awarded
  3. 88 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Houghton, MI was Mechanical Engineering with 266 degrees awarded.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
1,754 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Michigan Technological University with 1,754 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 1,223 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Houghton, MI, which is 2.3 times more than the 531 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 1,388 degrees mean that there were 28.9 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Two or More Races, with 48 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Public, 4-year or above ($18,592) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($318) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($1,200) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.784% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.801% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (2.31M), Some college (1.92M), and Bachelors Degree (1.42M).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Houghton, MI was $203,900 in 2022, which is 0.723 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $173,200 to $203,900, a 17.7% increase. The homeownership rate in Houghton, MI is 35.2%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Houghton, MI have an average commute time of 11.7 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Houghton, MI is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Houghton, MI is $29,821. In 2022, the place with the highest median household income in Houghton, MI was Census Tract 7 with a value of $71,125, followed by Census Tract 9 and Census Tract 8, with respective values of $64,375 and $24,223.

Property

$203,900
Median Property Value 2022
±$31,954
$840
Median Property Taxes
±$175

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Rent vs Own

35.2%
Homeownership
2022
66.7%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 35.2% of the housing units in Houghton, MI were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 33.4%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 7
  2. Census Tract 9
  3. Census Tract 8

In 2022, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Houghton, MI was Census Tract 7 with a value of $71,125, followed by Census Tract 9 and Census Tract 8, with respective values of $64,375 and $24,223.

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Household Income

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$29,821
Median Household Income
± $10,919
2.39k
Number of Households
± 344

In 2022, the median household income of the 2.39k households in Houghton, MI grew to $29,821 from the previous year's value of $24,660.

The following chart displays the households in Houghton, MI distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the < $10k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Houghton, MI is from Michigan.
0.466
2022 Wage GINI in Michigan
0.468
2021 Wage GINI in Michigan

In 2022, the income inequality in Michigan was 0.466 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.473% decline from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Michigan was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Michigan in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (42.6%)
  2. Walked (32.2%)
  3. Public Transit (10.1%)

In 2022, 42.6% of workers in Houghton, MI drove alone to work, followed by those who walked to work (32.2%) and those who used public transit to get to work (10.1%).

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Commute Time

11.7 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Houghton, MI have a shorter commute time (11.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 0.854% of the workforce in Houghton, MI have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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Poverty & Diversity

34.9% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Houghton, MI (1.86k out of 5.35k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 18 - 24, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Males 25 - 34.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Houghton, MI is White, followed by Asian and Two Or More.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

93.7% of the population of Houghton, MI has health coverage, with 55.1% on employee plans, 12.8% on Medicaid, 5.89% on Medicare, 18.9% on non-group plans, and 1.05% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Houghton County, MI see 1427 patients per year on average, which represents a 5.43% decrease from the previous year (1509 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1527 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 509 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,427 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Houghton County, MI

Primary care physicians in Houghton County, MI see an average of 1,427 patients per year. This represents a 5.43% decrease from the previous year (1,509 patients).

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 19.1% under 18 years, 57.1% between 18 and 34 years, 15.1% between 35 and 64 years, and 8.67% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 61.7% were men and 38.3% were women.

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Uninsured People

6.29%
Uninsured
55.1%
Employer Coverage
12.8%
Medicaid
5.89%
Medicare
18.9%
Non-Group
1.05%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Houghton, MI declined by 52.9% from 13.4% to 6.29%.

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