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Howell, Michigan
City of Howell
Facing east along Grand River Avenue (BL I-96)
Facing east along Grand River Avenue (BL I-96)
Location within Livingston County
Location within Livingston County
Howell, Michigan is located in Michigan
Howell, Michigan
Howell, Michigan
Location in Michigan
Country United States
State Michigan
County Livingston
Platted 1835
Incorporated 1863
 • City 5.19 sq mi (13.45 km2)
 • Land 4.99 sq mi (12.93 km2)
 • Water 0.20 sq mi (0.53 km2)
935 ft (285 m)
 • City 9,489
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,924.65/sq mi (743.04/km2)
 • Metro
4,296,250 (Metro Detroit)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
48843, 48844
Area code(s) 517
FIPS code 26-39540
GNIS feature ID 0628717

Howell is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is the largest city and county seat of Livingston County. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 9,489. The city is mostly surrounded by Howell Township, but the two are administered autonomously. Howell is part of the South Lyon–Howell–Brighton Urban Area, which is an extension of the larger Detroit–Warren–Dearborn (Metro Detroit) Metropolitan Statistical Area.


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.

Major highways

  • I-96
  • BL I-96
  • M-59
  • D-19


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%
2019 (est.) 9,604 1.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of 2000, the city's median household income was $43,958 and the median family income was $57,149. Males had a median income of $44,980 versus $27,956 for females. The city's per capita income 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

As of the census of 2010, the city had 9,489 people, 4,028 households, and 2,237 families. 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 city's racial makeup 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 people 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 the city's population was under age 18; 10.1% was between the age 18 and 24; 29.8% was from age 25 to 44; 23.6% was from age 45 to 64; and 13.5% was age 65 or older. The city's gender makeup was 48.2% male and 51.8% female.


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.


Howell MI Carnegie Library by Joshua Young
Carnegie District Library

Elementary schools

  • Three Fires Elementary School (Timberwolves)
  • Northwest Elementary School (Eagles)
  • Southwest Elementary School (Coyotes)
  • Southeast Elementary School (Super Stars) (closed 2017)
  • Challenger Elementary School (Champions)
  • Voyager Elementary School (Vikings)
  • Hutchings Elementary School (Huskies)
  • 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

  • Cleary University (Cougars)
  • Lansing Community College

Other Schools

Innovation Academy (Ravens)


  • The Carnegie District Library

Notable people

  • Bones – rapper and singer
  • Donald Burgett – World War II veteran and author
  • Timothy Busfield – actor and director
  • Melissa Gilbert – actress and author
  • T.J. Hensick – hockey player for St. Louis Blues
  • Andy Hilbert – hockey player for New York Islanders
  • William Mather Lewis – president of George Washington University, mayor of Lake Forest, Illinois
  • Robert E. Miles - pastor of the Mountain Church of Jesus Christ the Savior, prominent KKK member
  • Mike Rogers – United States Congressman
  • Mark Schauer – former United States Congressman and Michigan gubernatorial candidate in 2014
  • Bert Tooley – shortstop for the Brooklyn Dodgers, 1911–1912

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