Houghton Lake, MI Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Houghton Lake, Michigan - Basic Facts

The Houghton Lake Census Designated Place had a population of 3,533 as of July 1, 2016. Houghton Lake ranks in the lower quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Michigan. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Houghton Lake is located at latitude 44.3108 and longitude -84.7623 in Roscommon County. The formal boundaries for the Houghton Lake Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 5.87 sq. miles and a water area of 1.63 sq. miles. Roscommon County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 1,145 feet.

The Houghton Lake Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2393055) has a U1 Census Class Code which indicates a census designated place with an official federally recognized name. It also has a Functional Status Code of "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

The Houghton Lake Census Designated Place is located within Township of Roscommon, a minor civil division (MCD) of Roscommon County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Houghton Lake population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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Houghton Lake, MI Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 3,533
Population in Households 3,459
Population in Familes 2,495
Population in Group Qrtrs 74
Population Density1 602
Diversity Index2 11


Total Households 1,662
Average Household Size 2.08
Family Households 951
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 3,284 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,231 (37.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 431 (13.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,622 (49.4%)
Median Home Value $90,586
Average Home Value $143,222


Median Household Income $30,034
Average Household Income $42,632
Per Capita Income $20,462
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.49% 0.42%
Households 0.63% 0.51%
Families 0.74% 0.35%
Median Household Income   1.18%
Per Capita Income   1.73%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Houghton Lake, MI - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Houghton Lake to the other 692 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Michigan by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 217 69th
Population Density1 # 477 31st
Diversity Index2 # 550 20th
Median Household Income # 651 6th
Per Capita Income # 493 29th

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