Houghton is a somewhat small city located in the state of Michigan. With a population of 7,932 people and just one neighborhood, Houghton is the 150th largest community in Michigan.
Real Estate Prices
Houghton real estate is some of the most expensive in Michigan, although Houghton house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.
Occupations and Workforce
Houghton is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 88.00% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Houghton is a city of professionals, service providers and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Houghton who work in teaching (24.55%), food service (11.45%) and office and administrative support (11.20%).
Also of interest is that Houghton has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Setting & Lifestyle
Houghton is a place where college students are a big part of the character and culture of the town. Small towns have often struggled with declining populations over the past few decades, but the presence of such a large college student population has helped Houghton to fight this trend. Not only does the college population add spending and jobs to local economy, but it also contributes a very tangible, youthful energy to the town.
For a small city, there is also a high proportion of single, often educated, people living in Houghton. This is not typical for smaller communities in America, and adds a feeling of vibrancy to Houghton.
One of the benefits of Houghton is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 10.94 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.