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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.
Sections below provide additional information and links about Houghton demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Houghton County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 49921 ZIP code.
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.
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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
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.
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