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Houghton County, Michigan
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Location in the state of Michigan
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Founded March 19, 1845
Seat Houghton
Area
 • Total 1,501.5 sq mi (3,889 km2)
 • Land 1,009.1 sq mi (2,614 km2)
 • Water 492.4 sq mi (1,275 km2), 32.79%
Population
 • (2010) 36,628
 • Density 36/sq mi (14/km²)
Website www.houghtoncounty.net
Census Pop.
1850 708
1860 9,234 1,204.2%
1870 13,879 50.3%
1880 22,473 61.9%
1890 35,389 57.5%
1900 66,063 86.7%
1910 88,098 33.4%
1920 71,930 −18.4%
1930 52,851 −26.5%
1940 47,631 −9.9%
1950 39,771 −16.5%
1960 35,654 −10.4%
1970 34,652 −2.8%
1980 37,872 9.3%
1990 35,446 −6.4%
2000 36,016 1.6%
2010 36,628 1.7%
Est. 2012 36,520 −0.3%
U.S. Decennial Census
2012 Estimate
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  • Full Service Packing - All items in your home are packed by our trustworthy household movers using the most up-to-date packing methods and materials in the industry.
  • Fragile Packing - You define your breakable or high-value items such as dishes, glassware, artwork, fragile furniture, mirrors, etc. and we will professionally pack them with care, while you pack all of your other belongings.
  • Do It Yourself Packing - Rose can provide boxes and materials to make your job as easy as possible.
Basic Household Moving Services
  • Loading - Each of your belongings is labeled, inventoried and loaded in a systematic process. Additionally, all upholstered furniture is wrapped in stretch wrap, a strong, clear plastic that completely covers the furniture, protecting it from dirt and damage.
  • Transportation - All of our trailers are equipped with air-ride suspension systems to ensure the contents travel in the safest manner possible. All trucks are driven by professional household movers with the best training in the industry.
  • Unloading - Upon arrival, all items are inventoried as they are unloaded. When unloading, furniture, boxes and other belongings are placed in the rooms you designate. Assembly of beds, bookcases and other furniture is available upon request. Additionally, our household movers will protect your new home by using several types of floor runners to prevent stains or scratches on carpet and wood flooring.
Belleville MI 48111
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Moving can be a real pain, and and when my moving company told me they could not do the move, I was in a panic. My house closing was coming up very quickly and I needed to be out of my house.  Add on top of that I was retiring at the same time and moving to Texas, well the stress level was high.  In the matter of three days, seven companies told me they could not do the move.  Until I talked to Erica at Rose moving.  She listened to my story, called her boss, and told me she could meet the next day to get everything set for the move the day I needed it.  In the span of three hours, all the paperwork was complete, inventoried the entire house, locked in the movers and was able to work within my schedule. Beverly Thomason in the office sent me all the paperwork I needed the next day, was signed and returned.  On the day of the move, the team came in and were very pleasant and professional.  Every specialty item, heirloom, breakable glassware and framed paintings and memorabilia was cared for as if it was their own. Within three hours,, everything was loaded on the truck and sent to the warehouse for storage and crating.  Through the two weeks it sat in storage, Beverly kept me up to date with shipment to my new address.  On the day the shipment came, the delivery team took extra special care in preparing the house to move items inside.  This team was great! The entire process from when they arrived until they departed was about two hours.  They were very professional and worked through a couple of changes in where items were to go.  Everything arrived it perfect condition. They were kind and courteous and went out of their way to make sure that everything I needed done was done.  Although a long review, Rose Moving went out of their way at the last minute to take care of my move.  Two teams, two trucks, two really great move specialists, two thousand miles of travel and the best, most professional move I've ever had. Instead of shopping around, make Rose your first choice in preparing your move.
July 22, 2015
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Efficient . Professional.
The two young gentleman were here most of the day in a very busy small office environment. They were polite and at times so quiet while working we forgot they were here.
October 30, 2014
Very Good Movers!
The young fellows that came even put together a weightlifting thing, and it wasn’t really a part of their job, but they stayed and did it.  It was just wonderful, because it took them probably a half hour at least to do that.  They came to the house when they said they were going to be there.  They were careful with our furniture.  We did have a couple of broken mirrors, but it was the edges and that was the only thing, so it was very minimal and we can expect something like that.  Their price was very reasonable.
May 11, 2012
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Old specimen of native copper from Houghton (Get Movers Estimate for Houghton, MI). Houghton (Get Move Quote for Houghton, MI) hosted a major copper-mining industry in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Houghton (Get Moves Estimate for Houghton, MI) is a county in the Upper peninsula in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the population was 36,628. The county seat is Houghton (Houghton, Michigan Movers).

Houghton (Get Moving Quote for Houghton, MI) is part of the Houghton micropolitan area, which also includes Keweenaw County. Part of the county is sometimes locally called Copper Island.

The County was set off in 1843, organized in 1846 and reorganized in 1848. It is named for geologist Douglass Houghton (Houghton, MI Moving Reviews).

Geography

According to the 2010 census, the county has a total area of 1,501.5 square miles (3,889 km2), of which 1,009.1 square miles (2,614 km2) is land and 492.4 square miles (1,275 km2) is water.

The Portage Lift Bridge crosses Portage Lake, connecting Hancock and Houghton (Houghton, MI Moving Reviews), Michigan, by crossing over Portage Lake, which is part of the river and canal system that crosses the entire peninsula. The Portage Lift Bridge is the world's heaviest and widest double-decked vertical lift bridge. Its center span "lifts" to provide 100 feet (30 m) of clearance for ships. Since rail traffic was discontinued in the Keweenaw, the lower deck is used to accommodate snowmobile traffic in the winter. This is the only land based link between the north and south section of the Keweenaw peninsula, and is crucial.

Highways

  • US 41
  • M-26
  • M-28
  • M-38
  • M-203
  • FFH 16

Adjacent counties

National protected areas

  • Keweenaw National Historical Park (part)
  • Ottawa National Forest (part)

Demographics

The 2010 United States Census indicates Houghton (Get Movers Quote for Houghton, MI) had a population of 36,628. This is an increase of 612 people from 2000, a growth of 1.7%. In 2010 there were 14,232 households and 8,093 families in the county. The population density was 36 people per square mile (14/km²). There were 18,635 housing units at an average density of 18 per square mile (7/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 94.5% White, 0.5% Black or African American, 0.6% Native American, 2.9% Asian, 0.0% Pacific Islander, 0.2% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. 1.1% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 14,232 households out of which 23.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45% were married couples living together, 7.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 43.1% were non-families. 32.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 3.01.

The age distribution of the county was as follows: 20.6% were under the age of 18, 20.6% from 18 to 24, 20.3% from 25 to 44, 23.6% from 45 to 64, and 15% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33.1 years. The population was 45.9% female and 54.1% male.

The median income for a household in the county was $34,625, and the median income for a family was $48,506. The per capita income income for the county was $18,556. About 12.6% of families and 22.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.7% of people under the age of 18 and 9.2% of those age 65 or over.

Government

The Houghton (Get Moving Cost for Houghton, MI) Courthouse

The county government operates the jail, maintains rural roads, operates the major local courts, keeps files of deeds and mortgages, maintains vital records, administers public health regulations, and participates with the state in the provision of welfare and other social services. The county board of commissioners controls the budget but has only limited authority to make laws or ordinances. In Michigan, most local government functions — police and fire, building and zoning, tax assessment, street maintenance, etc. — are the responsibility of individual cities and townships.

The Houghton (Get Relocation Prices for Houghton, MI) Courthouse “..stood high upon the bluff on Houghton Village facing North and pleasantly overlooking Portage Lake.” (Sawyer 110), and has been inducted in the U.S. Registry of Historic Districts and Buildings of the Upper Peninsula. Construction began in spring 1886. The building had its first addition to the north wing, the addition of a larger jail wing, in 1910, and that was the only renovation until the jail wing was condemned in 1961. A new jail was built in its present location, adjacent to the original. According to the Mining Gazette of July 25, 1886, “The materials used with the exception of the facing brick are the product of the Upper Peninsula”(p.3). Kathryn Eckert, in her Buildings of Michigan, wrote:

“The courthouse is composed of the original structure, a rectangular block from which project central pavilions with parapeted dormers, a four-story tower, and north and west wing additions. The curbed mansard roof, the grouping of windows beneath red sandstone lintels connected by bands that encircle the structure, and the decorative entablature unite the composition. Porches supported with posts and Gothic-arch brackets…The interior is richly finished with wood; red, rich brown, and light yellowish brown floor tiles; ornamental plaster; and oak staircase; and stone fireplaces.” (p. 464)

The building section that was once the jail wing now house offices for various government offices such as the clerk of court.

Houghton (Get Move Cost for Houghton, MI) elected officials

  • Prosecuting Attorney: Michael E. Makinen
  • Sheriff: Brian J. McLean
  • County Clerk/Register of Deeds: Mary Schoos
  • County Treasurer: Kathleen Beattie
  • Drain Commissioner: John Pekkala
  • Mine Inspector: Murray Gillis

(information as of May 2013)

Cities, villages, and townships

Cities

Villages

Unincorporated communities

  • Atlantic Mine
  • Dakota Heights
  • Dodgeville

Townships

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