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

Howell is home to the balloonfest 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.


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.

Major highways

I-96 Business Loop


As of the census 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.

There were 3,857 households out of which 30.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.8% were married couples living together, 12.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.7% were non-families. 33.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.1% under the age of 18, 10.9% from 18 to 24, 33.6% from 25 to 44, 18.9% from 45 to 64, and 12.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 96.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.2 males.

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.


Elementary Schools

  • Northwest Elementary School (Eagles)
  • Southwest Elementary School (Coyotes)
  • Southeast Elementary School (Super Stars)
  • Challenger Elementary School (Space Pups)Deborah Madeja Principal
  • Voyager Elementary School (Super Stars)
  • Latson Road Elementary School (Dragons)
  • Hutchings Elementary School (Hurricanes)

Middle Schools

  • Three Fires Middle School (Timberwolves)
  • Highlander Way Middle School (Hawks)
  • McPherson Middle School (Tigers) was converted to the Howell High School Freshman Campus after Three Fires Middle School opened in the 2002-2003 school year.

High Schools

Notable Natives

Andy Hilbert - Ice Hockey Player For New York Islanders

T.J. Hensick - Ice Hockey Player For Colorado Avalanche

Heywood Banks - Comedian

Steve Lombardi - Former WWE Wrestler best known as the Brooklyn Brawler

Mark Schauer - United States Congressman

Mike Rogers - United States Congressman

Tim Jewell - Talented animator and artist- Memorial (ABS)


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