Houghton Lake, MI
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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, Houghton Lake isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Houghton Lake are a mix 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 sales jobs (18.63%), office and administrative support (16.62%), and maintenance occupations (6.30%).

Another notable thing is that Houghton Lake is an extremely popular destination for tourists and seasonal residents. So much of the population is seasonal such that the town’s population swells significantly during the vacation season, and drops again when the season ends. Because of this, much of the local economy is centered around tourism; some businesses may be operated only during the high season. During the low season, year-round residents will notice that the city is a substantially 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.

One of the benefits of Houghton Lake is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 18.12 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

The population of Houghton Lake has a very low overall level of education: only 8.92% of people over 25 hold a 4-year college degree or higher.

The per capita income in Houghton Lake in 2010 was $23,838, 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 $95,352 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 Polish.

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