Houghton Lake is a very small town located in the state of Michigan. With a population of 3,343 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Houghton Lake is the 265th largest community in Michigan.
Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Houghton Lake is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Houghton Lake is a town of sales and office workers, service providers, and transportation and shipping workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Houghton Lake who work in office and administrative support (17.35%), sales jobs (17.25%), and maintenance occupations (9.36%).
Another notable thing is that Houghton Lake is a major vacation destination. Much of the town’s population is seasonal: many people own second homes and only live there part-time, during the vacation season. The effect on the local economy is that many of the businesses are dependent on tourist dollars, and may operate only during the high season. As the vacation season ends, Houghton Lake’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much quieter place to live.
The town is relatively quiet, having a combination of lower population density and few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. For example, Houghton Lake has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Houghton Lake a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.
Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Houghton Lake spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 17.30 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the town are less than they would otherwise be.
The population of Houghton Lake has a very low overall level of education: only 8.12% of people over 25 hold a 4-year college degree or higher.
The per capita income in Houghton Lake in 2010 was $23,442, which is upper middle income relative to Michigan, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $93,768 for a family of four.
The people who call Houghton Lake home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Houghton Lake residents report their race to be White, followed by Native American. Important ancestries of people in Houghton Lake include Irish, English, Polish, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Houghton Lake is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Italian.