Houghton Lake, MI Profile: Facts & Data


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Houghton Lake, Michigan - Basic Facts

The Houghton Lake Census Designated Place had a population of 3,498 as of July 1, 2018. 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.

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Houghton Lake, MI Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 3,498
Population in Households 3,427
Population in Familes 2,436
Population in Group Qrtrs 71
Population Density2 596
Diversity Index3 12


Median Household Income $32,475
Average Household Income $46,024
Per Capita Income $22,003


Total Housing Units 3,298 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,162 (35.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 484 (14.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,652 (50.1%)
Median Home Value $94,615
Average Home Value $144,523


Total Households 1,646
Average Household Size 2.08
Family Households 934
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population 0.25% -0.14%
Households 0.36% 0.0%
Families 0.34% -0.19%
Median Household Income   0.53%
Per Capita Income   1.62%

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, 2018 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 # 218 69th
Population Density # 479 31st
Diversity Index # 534 23rd
Median Household Income # 652 6th
Per Capita Income # 486 30th

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