Houghton County

Houghton County is a specialized government county as the government sector dominates the economy. 

Houghton County is located in Michigan's Upper Peninsula on the beautiful southern shores of Lake Superior and is the heart of the Copper Country. 

Houghton County was organized in 1848 and was named after its famous pioneer Douglass Houghton who rediscovered copper in the Keweenaw Peninsula. 

The following government information is being presented to help you understand the complexity of the Houghton County government with its county offices, county commissioners, and court systems, to its townships with their unique governments, to its cities and villages, and finally to its legal arm.  Much of this information has been provided through the League of Women Voters who faithfully update the office holders throughout the County. 

Within Houghton County various National and State Government Agencies also function.  Michigan Technological University adds a further dimension of government within the county.

The responsibility of the governmental systems within the County allow for each of us to live our everyday lives.  We thank all people in government for doing a very excellent job in spite of the shortcomings each may bring to their job.  Most people do not understand the silent foundation that is present but hidden that allows life to proceed.  We will continue to build this site during the upcoming months and years as time allows.

2010 Census Figures for Houghton County

 
Houghton County Demographics
2010 Census Data Population % of State Total State Rank

Houghton County

36,628

0.37%   

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     South Range Village 758 0.01%   1,413
     Balance of Adams Township 1,815 0.02% 876
     Calumet Village 726 0.01%    1,427
     Copper City Village 190 0.00% 1,753
     Laurium Village 1,977 0.02% 801
     Balance of Calumet Charter Township 3,596 0.04% 463
     Chassell Township 1,812 0.02% 877
     Duncan Township 236 0.00% 1,725 
     Elm River Township 177 0.00%    1,762
     Franklin Township 1,466 0.01% 1,013
     Hancock City 4,634 0.05% 366 
     Hancock Township 461 0.00% 1,582
     Houghton City 7,708 0.08%   239
     Laird Township 555 0.01%  1,525
     Osceola Township 1,888 0.02%  838
     Portage Charter Township 3,221 0.03% 523
     Quincy Township 270 0.00% 1,703
     Lake Linden Village (pt.) 1,005 0.01%   1,255
     Balance of Schoolcraft Township 834 0.01%  1,362 
     Stanton Township 1,419 0.01%  1,032
     Lake Linden Village (pt.) 2 0.00% 1,835
     Balance of Torch Lake Township 1,878 0.02%    848

2000 Census Figures for Houghton County

Population Males Females 65+ under 5 over 18
36,016 19,163 16,853 5,579 1,952 28,147