Howell, Michigan

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Howell is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 9,232. It is the county seat of Livingston County[3] and is located mostly within Howell Township, but is politically independent. The city is part of the South Lyon-Howell-Brighton Urban Area.

Howell is home to the Michigan Challenge Balloonfest[4] that the city hosts.

The city is also the site of the Howell Melon Festival, an annual celebration of the Howell melon, a juicy hybrid cantaloupe known to grow only in the surrounding area. The three day festival, held in mid-August, draws approximately 50,000 visitors each year.

Howell is also home to the Livingston Arts Council (LAC), founded in 1989, is a non-profit organization dedicated to the development and promotion of quality arts and cultural programs and events such as Halloween parties and Weddings for the enjoyment of the community and is centered at the renovated Howell Opera House. Built in 1881, the renovated first floor is used by the organization and community for a variety of public and private activities. The original theatre resides on the upper floors and has not been touched for 80 years. Today the theatre is available only for tours, with the hope of restoration in the years ahead.

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.3 square miles (11.2 km²), of which, 4.1 square miles (10.6 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.5 km²) of it is water. The total area is 4.64% water.

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Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 9,232 people, 3,857 households, and 2,248 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,245.8 per square mile (867.3/km²). There were 4,088 housing units at an average density of 994.5/sq mi (384.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.97% White, 0.31% African American, 0.61% Native American, 1.23% Asian, 0.18% Pacific Islander, 0.73% from other races, and 0.96% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.16% of the population.

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