Best Places to Live

Houghton, MI

Population: 7,925

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Gracing the northernmost tip of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is Houghton, a city whose major industry is year-round tourism. Cold-weather months lend themselves to outdoor activities like hockey, alpine skiing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling, while the spring and summer are ideal for mountain biking, hiking, camping and kayaking. The overall livability of Houghton is enhanced by Michigan Technological University and Portage Health Hospital, the two largest employers in the region.