Howell, Michigan

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Howell, Michigan
Downtown Howell, Grand River Ave. facing West.      Howell Courthouse   Winner of the 2015 Fantasy of Lights Parade
Downtown Howell, Grand River Ave. facing West.

Howell Courthouse
Winner of the 2015 Fantasy of Lights Parade
Location of Howell, Michigan
Location of Howell, Michigan
Coordinates: 42°36′35″N 83°55′58″W / 42.60972°N 83.93278°W / 42.60972; -83.93278
Country United States
State Michigan
County Livingston
 • Total 4.95 sq mi (12.82 km2)
 • Land 4.75 sq mi (12.30 km2)
 • Water 0.20 sq mi (0.52 km2)
Elevation 935 ft (285 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 9,489
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 9,505
 • Density 1,997.7/sq mi (771.3/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 48843, 48855
Area code(s) 517
FIPS code 26-39540[4]
GNIS feature ID 0628717[5]

Howell is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 9,489. It is the county seat of Livingston County[6] and is located mostly within Howell Township, but is politically independent from Howell Township. The city is part of the South Lyon-Howell-Brighton Urban Area.

Howell is home to many festivals celebrated through the year. Most notably, the Michigan Challenge Balloonfest[7] occurs every year in late June. Activities normally include balloon launches, fireworks, crafts and a mini carnival. Also notable is the "Legend of Sleepy Howell", a night to celebrate the Halloween spirit usually the weekend before Halloween and "Fantasy of Lights" parade that is in late November. 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. A newer tradition, Howell hosts the annual Pink Party,[8] a day to recognize breast cancer survivors and raise money for donations.

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 for tours and very limited special events, with the hope of restoration in the future. The Victorian era windows were restored in 2013 with funds made available by a corporate donor.


January 1836 saw the establishment of the first post office. Flavius J. B. Crane was postmaster and the post office was located in the Eagle Tavern. In March of this same year, there was a mail route started between Howell and the village of Kensington, and west to Grand Rapids. The City of Howell is the county seat of Livingston County. On 24 March 1836, the legislature passed an act organizing Livingston County and Howell was slated to become the County seat. This claim was vigorously opposed by a group from Brighton and was wholly relinquished by them until the county buildings were actually erected 12 years later. Howell at once assumed the dignity of the County seat. The town was originally called Livingston Center and incorporated on 14 March 1863.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.95 square miles (12.82 km2), of which 4.75 square miles (12.30 km2) is land and 0.20 square miles (0.52 km2) is water.[1]

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Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 473
1860 754 59.4%
1880 2,071
1890 2,387 15.3%
1900 2,518 5.5%
1910 2,338 −7.1%
1920 2,951 26.2%
1930 3,615 22.5%
1940 3,748 3.7%
1950 4,353 16.1%
1960 4,861 11.7%
1970 5,224 7.5%
1980 6,976 33.5%
1990 8,184 17.3%
2000 9,232 12.8%
2010 9,489 2.8%
Est. 2014 9,598 [9] 1.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]

As of 2000 the median income for a household in the city was $43,958, and the median income for a family was $57,149. Males had a median income of $44,980 versus $27,956 for females. The per capita income for the city was $22,254. About 4.6% of families and 6.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.2% of those under the age of 18 and 7.9% of those 65 and older.

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 9,489 people, 4,028 households, and 2,237 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,997.7 inhabitants per square mile (771.3/km2). There were 4,551 housing units at an average density of 958.1 per square mile (369.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.8% White, 0.4% African American, 0.7% Native American, 1.1% Asian, 0.3% Pacific Islander, 1.3% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.5% of the population.

There were 4,028 households of which 30.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.8% were married couples living together, 13.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 44.5% were non-families. 36.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 12% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.97.

The median age in the city was 35.2 years. 23.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 10.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 29.8% were from 25 to 44; 23.6% were from 45 to 64; and 13.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.2% male and 51.8% female.[11]



Carnegie District Library

Elementary Schools

  • Three Fires Elementary School (Timberwolves)
  • Northwest Elementary School (Eagles)
  • Southwest Elementary School (Coyotes)
  • Southeast Elementary School (Super Stars)
  • Challenger Elementary School (Champions)
  • Voyager Elementary School (Vikings)
  • Hutchings Elementary School (Hurricanes)
  • St. Joseph Catholic Elementary School

Middle Schools

  • Parker Middle School (Patriots)
  • Highlander Way Middle School (Hawks)

High Schools

  • Howell High School (grades 10-12) (Highlanders)
  • Howell High School Freshman Campus (grade 9) (Highlanders)
  • Kensington Woods High School(Bears)

Higher Education Institutions


  • The Carnegie District Library

Notable people[edit]


This climatic region is typified by large seasonal temperature differences, with warm to hot (and often humid) summers and cold (sometimes severely cold) winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Howell has a humid continental climate, abbreviated "Dfb" on climate maps.[12]


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Coordinates: 42°36′26″N 83°55′46″W / 42.60722°N 83.92944°W / 42.60722; -83.92944