Houghton, MI

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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2021 Population
39,537
4.07% 1-year growth
US Senator
Debbie Stabenow
Democratic Party
US Senator
Gary Peters
Democratic Party
2021 Median Age
34.1
1.16% 1-year decrease
2021 Poverty Rate
16.8%
9.35% 1-year decrease
2021 Median Household Income
$48,906
7.76% 1-year growth
2021 Median Property Value
$116,000
0.173% 1-year growth
2021 Employed Population
17,257
7.66% 1-year growth

About

In 2021, Houghton, MI had a population of 39.5k people with a median age of 34.1 and a median household income of $48,906. Between 2020 and 2021 the population of Houghton, MI grew from 37,992 to 39,537, a 4.07% increase and its median household income grew from $45,386 to $48,906, a 7.76% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Houghton, MI are White (Non-Hispanic) (92.2%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (2.61%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (1.77%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (0.946%), and Two+ (Hispanic) (0.771%).

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.

96.8% of the residents in Houghton, MI are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Houghton, MI are Michigan Technological University (1,820 degrees awarded in 2021) and Finlandia University (60 degrees).

In 2021, the median property value in Houghton, MI was $116,000, and the homeownership rate was 70.2%.

Most people in Houghton, MI drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 16.8 minutes. The average car ownership in Houghton, MI was 2 cars per household.

Houghton, MI borders Marquette, MI.

geosearchPopulation & Diversity

Houghton, MI is home to a population of 39.5k people, from which 96.8% are citizens. As of 2021, 4.9% of Houghton, MI residents were born outside of the country (1.94k people).

In 2021, there were 35.4 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (36.5k people) in Houghton, MI than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.03k Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 699 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

96.8%
2021 Citizenship
96.6%
2020 Citizenship

As of 2021, 96.8% of Houghton, MI residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2020, the percentage of US citizens in Houghton, MI was 96.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Houghton, MI
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    36.5k ± 89
  2. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
    1.03k ± 95
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    699 ± 149
1.75%
Hispanic Population
693 people

In 2021, there were 35.4 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (36.5k people) in Houghton, MI than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.03k Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 699 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

1.75% of the people in Houghton, MI are hispanic (693 people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Houghton, MI as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    79,412 ± 6,891 people
  2. India
    76,245 ± 6,753 people
  3. Iraq
    59,562 ± 5,974 people

In 2021, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Michigan was Mexico, the natal country of 79,412 Michigan residents, followed by India with 76,245 and Iraq with 59,562.

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Foreign-Born Population

4.9%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
1.94k people
4.97%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
1.89k people

As of 2021, 4.9% of Houghton, MI residents (1.94k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2020, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Houghton, MI was 4.97%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    888 ± 116
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    377 ± 123
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    279 ± 77

Houghton, MI has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.36 times greater than any other conflict.

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briefcaseEconomy

The economy of Houghton, MI employs 17.3k people. The largest industries in Houghton, MI are Educational Services (3,317 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (2,579 people), and Retail Trade (2,038 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($85,000), Wholesale Trade ($56,031), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($55,038).

Males in Michigan have an average income that is 1.36 times higher than the average income of females, which is $53,616. The income inequality in Michigan (measured using the Gini index) is 0.468, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

17.3k
2021 Value
± 760
7.66%
1 Year growth
± 5.89%

From 2020 to 2021, employment in Houghton, MI grew at a rate of 7.66%, from 16k employees to 17.3k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Houghton, MI, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,739 people), Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (1,713 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (1,605 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

17.3k
2021 Value
± 760
7.66%
1 Year growth
± 5.89%

From 2020 to 2021, employment in Houghton, MI grew at a rate of 7.66%, from 16k employees to 17.3k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Houghton, MI, are Educational Services (3,317 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (2,579 people), and Retail Trade (2,038 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

$32,668
Median earning men ± $3,167
$24,364
Median earning women ± $2,165

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2021 are Wholesale Trade ($61,250), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($58,359), and Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($51,208).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2021 are Public Administration ($42,000), Wholesale Trade ($39,583), and Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($31,091).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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2.75%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 155M people employed in Michigan. This represents a 2.75% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

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

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 358
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 206
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 192
    Retail Trade

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Payroll by Industry Sector

The industries with the highest total annual payroll
  1. $177k
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. $124k
    Manufacturing
  3. $67k
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing

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Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Michigan to other states, or from other states to Michigan.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $217B
  2. $58.2B
  3. $51.2B

In 2020, the top outbound Michigan product (by dollars) was Motorized vehicles with $217B, followed by Machinery ($58.2B) and Mixed freight ($51.2B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Michigan products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$667B
2020 Value in Michigan
$1.16T
Projected 2050 Value in Michigan
74% growth

In 2020, total outbound Michigan trade was $667B. This is expected to increase 74% to $1.16T by 2050.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Michigan trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Michigan to other states, or from other states to Michigan.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $37.2B
  2. $33.2B
  3. $31.6B

In 2020, the top outbound Michigan domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Ohio with $37.2B, followed by Indiana with $33.2B and Texas and $31.6B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Michigan shares with each state (excluding itself).

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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.

The following chart shows elected senators in Michigan over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Michigan

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

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Michigan have changed over time starting in 2008.

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In 2021, universities in Houghton, MI awarded 1,880 degrees. The student population of Houghton, MI in 2021 is skewed towards men, with 5,196 male students and 2,236 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Houghton, MI are White (1,375 and 88.8%), followed by Two or More Races (53 and 3.42%), Unknown (44 and 2.84%), and Asian (30 and 1.94%).

The largest universities in Houghton, MI by number of degrees awarded are Michigan Technological University (1,820 and 96.8%) and Finlandia University (60 and 3.19%).

The most popular majors in Houghton, MI are Mechanical Engineering (429 and 22.8%), Electrical & Electronics Engineering (152 and 8.09%), and Chemical Engineering (119 and 6.33%).

The median tuition costs in Houghton, MI are $23,976 for private four year colleges, and $17,903 and $39,411 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2021 in Houghton, MI, the percentage of applicants admitted was 84.3%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 19.3%. The number of students enrolled in 2021 was 7,432 (69.9% men and 30.1% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2021 there were 7,432 students enrolled in Houghton, MI, 69.9% men and 30.1% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 5,754 records, of which 29.8% were women and 70.2% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 263 degree-majors awarded
  2. 113 degree-majors awarded
  3. 103 degree-majors awarded

In 2021, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Houghton, MI was Mechanical Engineering with 263 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Houghton, MI according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 1,820 degrees awarded
  2. 60 degrees awarded

In 2021, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Michigan Technological University with 1,820 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2021, 1,331 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Houghton, MI, which is 2.42 times more than the 549 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2021 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 1,375 degrees mean that there were 25.9 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Two or More Races, with 53 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($23,976) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2021.

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($600) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2021.

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($1,500) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2021, 0.763% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.76% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2021 were High School or Equivalent (2.3M), Some college (1.94M), and Bachelors Degree (1.38M).

This visualization illustrates the percentage distribution of the population according to the highest educational level reached. You can filter the data by race by using the selector above.

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homeHousing & Living

The median property value in Houghton, MI was $116,000 in 2021, which is 0.474 times smaller than the national average of $244,900. Between 2020 and 2021 the median property value increased from $115,800 to $116,000, a 0.173% increase. The homeownership rate in Houghton, MI is 70.2%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.6%.

People in Houghton, MI have an average commute time of 16.8 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 $48,906. In 2021, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Houghton, MI was Livingston County, MI with a value of $88,908, followed by Oakland County, MI and Washtenaw County, MI, with respective values of $86,275 and $79,198.

Property

$116,000
Median Property Value 2021
±$7,822
$10,469
Median Property Taxes
±$489

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Houghton, MI the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Houghton, MI compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

70.2%
Homeownership
2021
62.6%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2021

In 2021, 70.2% of the housing units in Houghton, MI were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 68.3%.

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Income by Location

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In 2021, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Houghton, MI was Livingston County, MI with a value of $88,908, followed by Oakland County, MI and Washtenaw County, MI, with respective values of $86,275 and $79,198.

The following map shows all of the counties in Houghton, MI colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$48,906
Median Household Income
± $1,835
14.9k
Number of Households
± 622

In 2021, the median household income of the 14.9k households in Houghton, MI grew to $48,906 from the previous year's value of $45,386.

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 $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Houghton, MI is from Michigan.
0.468
2021 Wage GINI in Michigan
0.471
2020 Wage GINI in Michigan

In 2021, the income inequality in Michigan was 0.468 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.592% decline from 2020 to 2021, 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 2021
  1. Drove Alone (70.1%)
  2. Walked (10.1%)
  3. Carpooled (9.44%)

In 2021, 70.1% of workers in Houghton, MI drove alone to work, followed by those who walked to work (10.1%) and those who carpooled to work (9.44%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Commute Time

16.8 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Houghton, MI have a shorter commute time (16.8 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.8 minutes). Additionally, 2.01% of the workforce in Houghton, MI have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Houghton, MI distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Houghton, MI have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

16.8% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Houghton, MI (6.15k out of 36.7k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.6%. 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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92.4% of the population of Houghton, MI has health coverage, with 44.9% on employee plans, 17% on Medicaid, 12.7% on Medicare, 15.9% on non-group plans, and 1.88% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Michigan see 1246 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.58% decrease from the previous year (1266 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1294 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 332 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,246 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Michigan

Primary care physicians in Michigan see an average of 1,246 patients per year. This represents a 1.58% decrease from the previous year (1,266 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Michigan in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2021, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 22.9% under 18 years, 28.2% between 18 and 34 years, 31.4% between 35 and 64 years, and 17.5% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 52.8% were men and 47.2% were women.

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Uninsured People

7.62%
Uninsured
44.9%
Employer Coverage
17%
Medicaid
12.7%
Medicare
15.9%
Non-Group
1.88%
Military or VA

Between 2020 and 2021, the percent of uninsured citizens in Houghton, MI grew by 7.49% from 7.09% to 7.62%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Houghton, MI changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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