Houghton, Iowa

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Houghton is a city in Lee County, Iowa, United States. The population was 130 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Fort MadisonKeokuk, IA-MO Micropolitan Statistical Area.



Houghton is located at 40°46′59″N 91°36′45″W / 40.78306°N 91.6125°W / 40.78306; -91.6125 (40.783009, -91.612605)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.3 square miles (0.8 km²), all of it land.


The town has more manufacturing jobs than population, which is rare—doubly rare because there are no other towns nearby to supply additional labor. There are a half-dozen plants that account for this, making plastic products, grain storage bins and ready-mix concrete[1] [2]. Houghton was once the junction of two rail lines, both now abandoned, which may have something to do with the origin of its industry.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 130 people, 54 households, and 42 families residing in the city. The population density was 431.1 people per square mile (167.3/km²). There were 61 housing units at an average density of 202.3/sq mi (78.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 100.00% White, and no people in the city were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 54 households out of which 33.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.4% were married couples living together, 3.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.2% were non-families. 22.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.79.

Population spread: 24.6% under the age of 18, 2.3% from 18 to 24, 23.1% from 25 to 44, 29.2% from 45 to 64, and 20.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 91.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.0 males.

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