Profile for Alpena, Michigan, MI
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Alpena is a city in Alpena County.
It is the county seat.
The community name derives from Indian term for "partridge."
[NOTE: This is not the only community in Michigan named Alpena. For links to other places called Alpena, MI, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]
The latitude of Alpena is 45.061N. The longitude is -83.432W.
It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 591 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 10,951.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our Alpena demographic reports
Alpena is on Thunder Bay of Lake Huron.
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Scores of ships went down off Alpena's shores; many of the shipwrecks are preserved in the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Underwater Preserve.
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 35. The number of murders and homicides was 0. The violent crime rate was 3.2 per 1,000 people.
Local festivals include:
- Great Lakes Lighthouse Festival - Oct. 11-14, 2007
- Alpena County Fair - July 29-Aug. 4, 2007
- Blues Festival - June 22-24, 2007
Dates often change. Check Alpena web sites and events links in the sections below.
Historic sites and museums: Jesse Besser Museum, Thunder Bay Underwater Preserve
Colleges and universities:
Alpena Community College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was on par with the national average. (See library links below.)
A person approaching Alpena from the bay, the first time, will not be much impressed by the scene before him, especially if he is artistically inclined.
-- Complete History of Alpena County
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Ancestry & family history
22% of Alpena residents report German ancestry, and 7% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Alpena ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Alpena was $17,476, compared with $21,587 nationally.
14% of Alpena residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Alpena festival dates:
Fairs, festivals & other events
- Great Lakes Lighthouse Festival - O
- Blues Festival - J
- Alpena County Fair - J
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
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Median rent in Alpena, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $324. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $654.
Libraries in Alpena include Alpena County Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Alpena include Alpena News
TV stations in Alpena include WBKB, WCML.
National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WCML-FM.
Alpena County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Alpena political report.
The average commute time for Alpena workers is 12 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
Hotels in Alpena include Alpena Days Inn, Best Western of Alpena, Holiday Inn - Alpena.
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“ A person approaching Alpena from the bay, the first time, will not be much impressed by the scene before him, especially if he is artistically inclined. ”
~ Complete History of Alpena County
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