Alpena, Michigan

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Population in 2017: 9,997 (98% urban, 2% rural).
Population change since 2000: -11.6%
 
Males: 4,717  (47.2%)
Females: 5,280  (52.8%)
Median resident age:

41.9 years
Michigan median age:

39.8 years

Zip codes: 49707.

Estimated median household income in 2017: $37,313 (it was $30,353 in 2000)
Alpena:

$37,313
MI:

$54,909

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $24,035 (it was $17,476 in 2000)

Alpena city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $100,506 (it was $71,200 in 2000)
Alpena:

$100,506
MI:

$155,700

Median gross rent in 2017: $599.

March 2019 cost of living index in Alpena: 76.9 (low, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 23.5%
(23.3% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 84.4% for Black residents, 7.8% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 68.4% for American Indian residents, 26.0% for two or more races residents)
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  • Races in Alpena, MI (2017)
    • 9,75595.0%White alone
    • 1571.5%Hispanic
    • 1091.1%Two or more races
    • 710.7%Black alone
    • 660.6%Asian alone
    • 410.4%American Indian alone

Races in Alpena detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth



According to our research of Michigan and other state lists, there were 87 registered sex offenders living in Alpena, Michigan as of May 29, 2020.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Alpena is 118 to 1.


Crime rates in Alpena by year

Type

2005

2006

2008

2009

2010

2011

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Murders
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(9.6)
2
(19.3)
1
(9.8)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(9.8)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
15
(137.0)
6
(55.7)
9
(86.6)
12
(115.6)
6
(58.9)
7
(66.8)
17
(165.1)
10
(97.5)
18
(176.6)
16
(158.1)
25
(248.4)
12
(120.8)
Robberies
(per 100,000)
2
(18.3)
4
(37.2)
1
(9.6)
2
(19.3)
1
(9.8)
1
(9.5)
1
(9.7)
1
(9.8)
3
(29.4)
2
(19.8)
0
(0.0)
3
(30.2)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
34
(310.6)
35
(325.1)
32
(307.8)
43
(414.3)
14
(137.5)
28
(267.3)
28
(271.9)
16
(156.1)
7
(68.7)
11
(108.7)
23
(228.5)
26
(261.7)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
55
(502.4)
79
(733.9)
70
(673.4)
65
(626.3)
52
(510.6)
59
(563.2)
39
(378.7)
22
(214.6)
30
(294.3)
26
(256.9)
37
(367.6)
25
(251.7)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
281
(2,567)
303
(2,815)
247
(2,376)
277
(2,669)
312
(3,064)
372
(3,551)
219
(2,126)
209
(2,038)
170
(1,668)
179
(1,769)
198
(1,967)
166
(1,671)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
12
(109.6)
12
(111.5)
19
(182.8)
6
(57.8)
4
(39.3)
8
(76.4)
2
(19.4)
5
(48.8)
5
(49.1)
7
(69.2)
4
(39.7)
3
(30.2)
Arson
(per 100,000)
3
(27.4)
4
(37.2)
4
(38.5)
5
(48.2)
3
(29.5)
3
(28.6)
2
(19.4)
1
(9.8)
0
(0.0)
2
(19.8)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
City-Data.com crime index (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 274.0)323.8293.6309.8374.9258.6297.4302.5212.6274.7248.4352.0244.9

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Crime rate in Alpena detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2018, including police officers: 19 (17 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.71
Michigan average:

1.66
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Ancestries: German (21.7%), Polish (20.0%), American (10.4%), English (7.3%), French (7.1%), Irish (4.5%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Elevation: 590 feet

Land area: 8.38 square miles.

Population density: 1,193 people per square mile   (low).

Alpena, Michigan map

87 residents are foreign born

This city:

0.8%
Michigan:

100.0%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $1,455 (1.6%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $1,359 (1.4%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Saginaw, MI (116.5 miles , pop. 61,799).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Detroit, MI (186.0 miles , pop. 951,270).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (308.2 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities:

Ossineke, MI (3.2 miles ),
Hubbard Lake, MI (4.2 miles ),
Presque Isle Harbor, MI (4.2 miles ),
Posen, MI (4.3 miles ),
Lost Lake Woods, MI (4.5 miles ),
Hillman, MI (4.7 miles ),
Lincoln, MI (5.1 miles ),
Harrisville, MI (5.4 miles )

Latitude: 45.06 N, Longitude: 83.44 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: +3,707 (+36.1%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 2,818 (62.9%)

Area code: 989

Distribution of median household income in Alpena, MI in 2017
Distribution of house value in Alpena, MI in 2017
Alpena satellite photo by USGS

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 14 buildings, average cost: $50,700
  • 1998: 7 buildings, average cost: $89,600
  • 1999: 7 buildings, average cost: $52,000
  • 2000: 9 buildings, average cost: $101,900
  • 2001: 3 buildings, average cost: $105,000
  • 2002: 5 buildings, average cost: $69,600
  • 2003: 7 buildings, average cost: $157,300
  • 2004: 9 buildings, average cost: $123,900
  • 2005: 2 buildings, average cost: $205,000
  • 2006: 3 buildings, average cost: $161,700
  • 2007: 2 buildings, average cost: $97,500
  • 2012: 4 buildings, average cost: $196,300
  • 2013: 1 building, cost: $650,000
  • 2014: 1 building, cost: $750,000
  • 2016: 2 buildings, average cost: $195,000
  • 2017: 3 buildings, average cost: $156,700
Number of permits per 10,000 Alpena, MI residents
Average permit cost in Alpena, MI
Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

5.8%
Michigan:

4.4%
Historical population in Alpena, MI
Historical housing units in Alpena, MI
Most common industries in Alpena, MI (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Health care (13.0%)
  • Accommodation & food services (9.6%)
  • Educational services (9.0%)
  • Social assistance (5.1%)
  • Construction (4.6%)
  • Public administration (3.9%)
  • Finance & insurance (3.5%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Construction (9.2%)
  • Educational services (6.5%)
  • Metal & metal products (6.4%)
  • Health care (6.2%)
  • Accommodation & food services (6.0%)
  • Wood products (5.0%)
  • Machinery (4.9%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Health care (19.7%)
  • Accommodation & food services (13.1%)
  • Educational services (11.5%)
  • Social assistance (7.7%)
  • Finance & insurance (6.0%)
  • Public administration (4.5%)
  • Department & other general merchandise stores (3.9%)
Most common occupations in Alpena, MI (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4.3%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (3.7%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (3.7%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (3.6%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (3.3%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (3.3%)
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (3.3%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (7.4%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (5.2%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5.1%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (4.7%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (4.5%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (4.5%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (4.5%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Registered nurses (5.5%)
  • Child care workers (5.5%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (5.3%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (5.1%)
  • Cashiers (4.7%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (3.8%)
  • Waiters and waitresses (3.7%)

Average climate in Alpena, Michigan

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Tornado activity:

Alpena-area historical tornado activity is significantly below Michigan state average. It is 73% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/8/1953, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 17.0 miles away from the Alpena city center caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

On 3/27/1991, a category F3 tornado 29.2 miles away from the city center caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Alpena-area historical earthquake activity is significantly below Michigan state average. It is 95% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 9/25/1998 at 19:52:52, a magnitude 5.2 (4.8 MB, 4.3 MS, 5.2 LG, 4.5 MW, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 290.8 miles away from Alpena center
On 1/31/1986 at 16:46:43, a magnitude 5.0 (5.0 MB) earthquake occurred 265.6 miles away from Alpena center
On 1/26/2001 at 03:03:20, a magnitude 4.4 (3.9 MB, 4.4 LG, 4.3 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 253.3 miles away from the city center
On 7/12/1986 at 08:19:37, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 MB) earthquake occurred 316.7 miles away from Alpena center
On 10/7/1983 at 10:18:46, a magnitude 5.3 (5.1 MB, 5.3 LG, 5.1 ML) earthquake occurred 455.1 miles away from Alpena center
On 9/2/1994 at 21:23:06, a magnitude 3.5 (3.4 LG, 3.5 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 167.1 miles away from Alpena center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Alpena County (3) is a lot smaller than the US average (13).
Emergencies Declared: 3

Causes of natural disasters: Blizzard: 1, Drought: 1, Hurricane: 1, Snowstorm: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Alpena topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers in Alpena:

  • ALPENA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER (Proprietary, provides emergency services, 1501 W CHISHOLM ST)
  • HOSPICE OF MICHIGAN (112 WEST CHISHOLM STREET)
  • HOSPICE OF THE SUNRISE SHORE (109 NORTH SECOND AVENUE, SUITE 201)
  • TENDERCARE ALPENA (301 LONG RAPIDS RD)
  • TENDERCARE GREEN VIEW (1234 GOLF COURSE RD)
  • DAVITA - ALPENA DIALYSIS (301 OXBOW DR)
  • ALPENA GEN HOSP HOME CARE (1521 W. CHISHOLM ST)
  • DISTRICT HEALTH DEPARTMENT 4 (100 WOODS CIRCLE)

Airports and heliports located in Alpena:

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College/University in Alpena:

  • Alpena Community College (Full-time enrollment: 1,317; Location: 665 Johnson St; Public; Website: www.alpenacc.edu)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Alpena:

  • Mid Michigan Community College (about 100 miles; Harrison, MI; Full-time enrollment: 3,653)
  • Northwestern Michigan College (about 107 miles; Traverse City, MI; FT enrollment: 3,276)
  • Delta College (about 108 miles; University Center, MI; FT enrollment: 7,480)
  • Northwood University-Michigan (about 108 miles; Midland, MI; FT enrollment: 2,763)
  • Saginaw Valley State University (about 108 miles; University Center, MI; FT enrollment: 9,021)
  • Lake Superior State University (about 109 miles; Sault Ste Marie, MI; FT enrollment: 2,242)
  • Central Michigan University (about 122 miles; Mount Pleasant, MI; FT enrollment: 22,758)

Public high schools in Alpena:

Public elementary/middle schools in Alpena:

Private elementary/middle schools in Alpena:

  • ALL SAINTS CATHOLIC SCHOOL (Students: 105, Location: 500 N SECOND AVE, Grades: PK-7)
  • IMMANUEL LUTHERAN SCHOOL (Students: 101, Location: 355 WILSON ST, Grades: PK-8)
  • ALPENA SDA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 5, Location: 4029 US HIGHWAY 23 S, Grades: 1-5)
See full list of schools located in Alpena

Library in Alpena:

  • ALPENA COUNTY LIBRARY (Operating income: $1,111,511; Location: 211 NORTH FIRST AVENUE; 89,400 books; 2,999 audio materials; 2,689 video materials; 7 local licensed databases; 191 print serial subscriptions)

User-submitted facts and corrections:

  • St. Mary's, and St. Anne's are now combined as All Saint's Catholic School.

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Alpena: Cross Roads Plaza (A), Alpena County Fairgrounds (B), Gilchrist Wharf (C), Alpena County Courthouse (D), Alpena Fire Department (E), Alpena Police Department (F), Alpena County Sheriff Office (G), Jesse Besser Museum (H), Alpena County Library (I), Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center (J). Display/hide their locations on the map

Shopping Center: Ripley Square Mall (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Churches in Alpena include: Thunder Bay Baptist Church (A), Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church (B), Salvation Army Church (C), Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses (D), Alpena Community of Christ Church (E), First Assembly of God Church (F), Free Methodist Church (G), New Life Christian Fellowship Church (H), Alpena Christian Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Holy Cross Cemetery (1), Evergreen Cemetery (2), Grace Lutheran Cemetery (3), Hebrew Benevolent Society Cemetery (4), Pine Grove Cemetery (5). Display/hide their locations on the map

Reservoir: Lake Besser (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Rivers and creeks: Thunder Bay River (A), Fletcher Creek (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Alpena include: Thomson Park (1), Blair Park (2), Russel T Gleason Roadside Park (3), Bay View Park (4), Duck Park (5), World's Largest Cement Plant Historical Marker (6), Monarch Mill Historical Marker (7), Saint Bernard Catholic Church Historical Marker (8), First Congregational Church Historical Marker (9). Display/hide their locations on the map

Tourist attractions: Huron Lights (Cultural Attractions- Events- & Facilities; 7406 US Highway 23 North) (1), Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce (235 West Chisholm Street) (2). Display/hide their approximate locations on the map

Hotels: Bear Bottom Tanning (2052 US Highway 23 South) (1), Alpena-Days Inn (1496 M 32) (2), Fletcher Motel (1001 US 23 North) (3), Dew Drop Inn Motel (2469 French Road) (4), Forty Winks Motel (1021 South State Avenue) (5), Alpena Motel (3011 US Highway 23 South) (6), Big Bear Lodge (2052 US Highway 23 South) (7), Bay Motel (2107 Us-23 South) (8). Display/hide their approximate locations on the map

Courts: District Court Probation Officer (719 West Chisholm) (1), Alpena County - Circuit Court (720 West Chisholm Street Suite 1) (2), Alpena County - District Court Probation Officer (719 West Chisholm Street Suite 3) (3), Alpena County - Friend Of The Court (719 West Chisholm Street Suite 1) (4), Alpena County - Probate Court (719 West Chisholm Street Suite 4) (5). Display/hide their approximate locations on the map

Birthplace of: Leon Czolgosz - Steel worker and assassin of President William McKinley, Archie Weston - Football player, Paul Bunker - College football and recipient of Distinguished Service Medal for service at Battle of Corregidor, K. J. Stevens - Blogger, Kenneth Joseph Povish - Catholic bishop, William Scagel - Influential custom knifemaker of the 20th century, Andy Neumann - Politician, Stanley Grenz - Theologian, Bob Butler - Football player, Dan Rohn - Baseball player.

Alpena County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

Drinking water stations with addresses in Alpena and their reported violations in the past:

WENDY'S (Population served: 200, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 2 routine major monitoring violations
  • 2 regular monitoring violations
LITTLE TOWN LOUNGE (Population served: 100, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 2 routine major monitoring violations
  • One regular monitoring violation
HIDE-A-WAY BAR (Population served: 50, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • One routine major monitoring violation
MOOSE LODGE 571 (Population served: 30, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 8 routine major monitoring violations
  • 3 regular monitoring violations
HURON DISTRIBUTORS (Population served: 27, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • One routine major monitoring violation
MID POINT CONVENIENCE (Population served: 26, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • One routine major monitoring violation
QUICK AND CONVENIENT (Population served: 25, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In DEC-2009, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Tech Assistance Visit (DEC-29-2009), St Public Notif requested (DEC-29-2009), St Public Notif received (JAN-04-2010), St Compliance achieved (JAN-07-2010)
Past monitoring violations:
  • 2 routine major monitoring violations
HURON SHORES LITTLE LEAGUE (Population served: 25, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In SEP-2013, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (SEP-27-2013), St Violation/Reminder Notice (SEP-27-2013), St Unresolved (OCT-01-2013)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In MAY-2011, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif issued (MAY-31-2011), St Violation/Reminder Notice (JUN-01-2011), St Unresolved (2 times from JUN-16-2011 to JUL-13-2011), St Compliance achieved (JUL-15-2011)
Past monitoring violations:
  • 12 routine major monitoring violations
  • 4 regular monitoring violations

Drinking water stations with addresses in Alpena that have no violations reported:

  • ALPENA, CITY OF (Population served: 10,483, Primary Water Source Type: Surface water)
  • ALPENA TOWNSHIP (Population served: 5,440, Primary Water Source Type: Purch surface water)
  • RIVERS EDGE GOLF CLUB (Population served: 100, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • LONG LAKE COUNTY PARK (Population served: 50, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • SUNKEN LAKE PARK (Address: Alpena County Park Dept. , Population served: 50, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • HOPPE'S HUT (Population served: 30, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • PETOSKEY SHELL NORTH (Population served: 25, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • LOUIE'S GROCERY-PETOSKEY (Population served: 25, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
Average household size:
This city:

2.1 people
Michigan:

2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:

54.2%
Whole state:

66.0%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:

7.2%
Whole state:

6.4%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.2% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.1% of all households

People in group quarters in Alpena in 2010:

  • 125 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 56 people in college/university student housing
  • 55 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 34 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 32 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 24 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 23 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 15 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 14 people in in-patient hospice facilities
  • 8 people in hospitals with patients who have no usual home elsewhere

People in group quarters in Alpena in 2000:

  • 138 people in nursing homes
  • 70 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 58 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 41 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 25 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 19 people in other group homes
  • 14 people in homes for the physically handicapped
  • 10 people in hospitals or wards for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 3 people in religious group quarters

Banks with branches in Alpena (2011 data):

  • PNC Bank, National Association: Park Place Drive-In Branch, Alpena Branch, Ripley Boulevard Branch. Info updated 2012/03/20: Bank assets: $263,309.6 mil, Deposits: $197,343.0 mil, headquarters in Wilmington, DE, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 3085 total offices, Holding Company: Pnc Financial Services Group, Inc., The
  • First Federal of Northern Michigan: First Federal Of Northern Michigan at 100 South Second Avenue, branch established on 1957/09/10; Ripley Branch at 300 South Ripley Boulevard, branch established on 1890/01/01. Info updated 2011/07/21: Bank assets: $216.9 mil, Deposits: $151.7 mil, local headquarters, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 8 total offices
  • Independent Bank: Alpena Branch at 2708 U.S. 23, branch established on 1989/06/29; Alpena M-32 Branch at 1324 M-32 West Alpena, branch established on 2002/07/01. Info updated 2010/10/20: Bank assets: $2,304.7 mil, Deposits: $2,092.2 mil, headquarters in Ionia, MI, negative income in the last year, Commercial Lending Specialization, 107 total offices, Holding Company: Independent Bank Corporation
  • Citizens Bank: Downtown Alpena at 200 West Chisholm Street, branch established on 1922/05/15. Info updated 2011/08/01: Bank assets: $9,212.3 mil, Deposits: $7,452.0 mil, headquarters in Flint, MI, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 220 total offices, Holding Company: Citizens Republic Bancorp, Inc.
  • Bank of Alpena: Bank Of Alpena at 468 Ripley Boulevard, branch established on 2001/03/26. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $70.1 mil, Deposits: $62.8 mil, local headquarters, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 1 total offices, Holding Company: Alpena Banking Corporation

For population 15 years and over in Alpena:

Marital status in Alpena, MI
  • Never married: 32.7%
  • Now married: 43.6%
  • Separated: 1.8%
  • Widowed: 6.4%
  • Divorced: 15.5%

For population 25 years and over in Alpena:

  • High school or higher: 90.9%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 17.3%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 6.8%
  • Unemployed: 6.6%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 12.6 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2017
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2017
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

9.8
Michigan average:

10.8

Travel time (in minutes) to work in 2017
Means of transportation to work in 2017 - Alpena
Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for Alpena, MI (based on Alpena County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic6,7445
Mainline Protestant4,48315
Evangelical Protestant4,11123
Other5545
Orthodox--
None13,706-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 11
Alpena County:

3.70 / 10,000 pop.
Michigan:

2.34 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Here:

0.34 / 10,000 pop.
Michigan:

0.18 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 4
Alpena County:

1.35 / 10,000 pop.
Michigan:

1.52 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 17
This county:

5.72 / 10,000 pop.
Michigan:

2.99 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 22
This county:

7.41 / 10,000 pop.
Michigan:

6.80 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

9.7%
State:

9.7%
Adult obesity rate:
This county:

28.7%
Michigan:

29.7%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Alpena County:

14.1%
Michigan:

13.4%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
This city:

50.8%
State:

49.4%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
This city:

47.9%
Michigan:

46.5%

Average BMI:
This city:

28.5
Michigan:

28.8

People feeling badly about themselves:
Alpena:

18.7%
Michigan:

21.1%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Alpena:

9.0%
Michigan:

10.5%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Alpena:

6.8
Michigan:

6.8

Overweight people:
This city:

35.5%
Michigan:

34.2%

General health condition:
Alpena:

56.9%
Michigan:

56.1%

Average condition of hearing:
Alpena:

77.6%
State:

79.2%

More about Health and Nutrition of Alpena, MI Residents

Alpena government finances - Expenditure in 2016 (per resident):

  • Construction - Housing and Community Development: $332,000 ($33.21)
  • Current Operations - General - Other: $5,085,000 ($508.65)
    Sewerage: $2,246,000 ($224.67)
    Health - Other: $1,921,000 ($192.16)
    Regular Highways: $1,877,000 ($187.76)
    Police Protection: $1,871,000 ($187.16)
    Local Fire Protection: $1,621,000 ($162.15)
    Parks and Recreation: $751,000 ($75.12)
    Housing and Community Development: $531,000 ($53.12)
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $153,000 ($15.30)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $123,000 ($12.30)
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Housing and Community Development: $34,000 ($3.40)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Housing and Community Development: $115,000 ($11.50)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $4,987,000 ($498.85)
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $210,000 ($21.01)

Alpena government finances - Revenue in 2016 (per resident):

  • Charges - Other: $7,244,000 ($724.62)
    Housing and Community Development: $842,000 ($84.23)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Housing and Community Development: $582,000 ($58.22)
    Other: $253,000 ($25.31)
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $1,068,000 ($106.83)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $1,870,000 ($187.06)
    Rents: $270,000 ($27.01)
    Interest Earnings: $33,000 ($3.30)
    Donations From Private Sources: $31,000 ($3.10)
    Fines and Forfeits: $21,000 ($2.10)
    Sale of Property: $15,000 ($1.50)
  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $1,259,000 ($125.94)
    Highways: $1,141,000 ($114.13)
    Other: $331,000 ($33.11)
  • Tax - Property: $4,149,000 ($415.02)
    Other License: $166,000 ($16.60)
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $3,000 ($0.30)

Alpena government finances - Debt in 2016 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $8,309,000 ($831.15)
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $7,519,000 ($752.13)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $790,000 ($79.02)

Alpena government finances - Cash and Securities in 2016 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $10,884,000 ($1088.73)

4.34% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($40,843 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.34%
Michigan average:

5.43%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from Presque Isle County, MI  0.40% ($45,532 average AGI)
from Alcona County, MI  0.28% ($33,970)
from Montmorency County, MI  0.21% ($22,040)


4.27% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($38,964 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.27%
Michigan average:

5.69%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Presque Isle County, MI  0.33% ($35,667 average AGI)
to Alcona County, MI  0.22% ($32,846)
to Montmorency County, MI  0.18% ($29,095)
Businesses in Alpena, MI
NameCountNameCount
7-Eleven1Lane Furniture1
AT&T1Little Caesars Pizza1
Ace Hardware1MasterBrand Cabinets5
Advance Auto Parts1Maurices1
Applebee's1McDonald's3
Arby's1Nike3
Best Western1Payless1
Burger King1Penske1
Chevrolet1Pizza Hut1
Curves1RadioShack1
Dairy Queen2Rite Aid1
Dunkin Donuts1Sears1
FedEx4Staples1
Ford1Subway3
GNC1Taco Bell1
H&R Block2U-Haul2
Holiday Inn1UPS9
Home Depot1Vans1
JCPenney1Verizon Wireless1
Jones New York3Walgreens1
KFC1Walmart1
Kmart1Wendy's1
La-Z-Boy1

Strongest AM radio stations in Alpena:

  • WATZ (1450 AM; 1 kW; ALPENA, MI; Owner: WATZ RADIO, INC.)
  • WHAK (960 AM; 5 kW; ROGERS CITY, MI)
  • WTCM (580 AM; 35 kW; TRAVERSE CITY, MI; Owner: WTCM RADIO, INC.)
  • WLDR (1210 AM; daytime; 50 kW; KINGSLEY, MI; Owner: FORT BEND BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WOAP (1080 AM; 50 kW; OWOSSO, MI)
  • WJML (1110 AM; 10 kW; PETOSKEY, MI)
  • WWJ (950 AM; 50 kW; DETROIT, MI; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WJR (760 AM; 50 kW; DETROIT, MI; Owner: ABC, INC.)
  • WFDF (910 AM; 50 kW; FLINT, MI; Owner: ABC, INC.)
  • WXYT (1270 AM; 50 kW; DETROIT, MI; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING CORP. OF DETROIT)
  • WDFN (1130 AM; 50 kW; DETROIT, MI; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • WCHB (1200 AM; 50 kW; TAYLOR, MI; Owner: RADIO ONE OF DETROIT, LLC)
  • WTMJ (620 AM; 50 kW; MILWAUKEE, WI; Owner: JOURNAL BROADCAST CORPORATION)

Strongest FM radio stations in Alpena:

  • W272AN (102.3 FM; ALPENA, MI; Owner: LUD'S ALPINE, INC.)
  • WATZ-FM (99.3 FM; ALPENA, MI; Owner: WATZ RADIO, INC.)
  • WHSB (107.7 FM; ALPENA, MI; Owner: NORTHERN RADIO NETWORK CORPORATION)
  • WCML-FM (91.7 FM; ALPENA, MI; Owner: CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY)
  • WPHN (90.5 FM; GAYLORD, MI; Owner: NORTHERN CHRISTIAN RADIO, INC.)
  • WCMB-FM (95.7 FM; OSCODA, MI; Owner: CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY)
  • W268AB (101.5 FM; ALPENA, MI; Owner: BRUCE DIETZ)
  • WKJZ (94.9 FM; HILLMAN, MI; Owner: CARROLL ENTERPRISES, INC.)
  • WJOJ (89.7 FM; HARRISVILLE, MI; Owner: NORTHLAND COMMUNITY BROADCASTERS)
  • W251AD (98.1 FM; ALPENA, MI; Owner: WAYNE KOWALSKI)
  • WVXA (96.7 FM; ROGERS CITY, MI; Owner: XAVIER UNIVERSITY)

TV broadcast stations around Alpena:

  • W18BT (Channel 18; ALPENA, MI; Owner: THUNDER BAY BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WCML (Channel 6; ALPENA, MI; Owner: CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY)
  • W31BO (Channel 31; ALPENA, MI; Owner: ROCKFLEET BROADCASTING II, LLC)
  • WBKB-TV (Channel 11; ALPENA, MI; Owner: THUNDER BAY BROADCASTING CORPORATION.)
Fatal accident count
See more detailed statistics of Alpena fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2017 here
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 6Number of bridges
  • 79ft / 24.2mTotal length
  • $750,000Total costs
  • 47,564Total average daily traffic
  • 1,756Total average daily truck traffic
  • 59,312Total future (year 2018) average daily traffic
FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers: 4 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Alpena)
FCC Registered Antenna Towers: 161 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)
FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers: 3 (See the full list of FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers in Alpena, MI)
FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers: 1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers: 30 (See the full list of FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Microwave Towers: 23 (See the full list of FCC Registered Microwave Towers in this town)
FCC Registered Paging Towers: 2 (See the full list of FCC Registered Paging Towers)
FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers: 11 (See the full list of FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers)
FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses: 138 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Alpena)

FAA Registered Aircraft Manufacturers and Dealers: 1 (See the full list of FAA Registered Manufacturers and Dealers in Alpena)
FAA Registered Aircraft: 24 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft)

2002 - 2018 National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) incidents

    Fire incident distribution by year According to the data from the years 2002 - 2018 the average number of fire incidents per year is 64. The highest number of fires - 92 took place in 2016, and the least - 43 in 2011. The data has a dropping trend.
    Fire incident types in Alpena, MI When looking into fire subcategories, the most incidents belonged to: Structure Fires (46.5%), and Outside Fires (27.4%).

    • Fire incident types reported to NFIRS in Alpena, MI
    • 50846.5%Structure Fires
    • 29927.4%Outside Fires
    • 15414.1%Mobile Property/Vehicle Fires
    • 13212.1%Other
See full National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Alpena, MI

Fire-safe hotels and motels in Alpena, Michigan:

  • Sanctuary Inn And Conference Center, 1000 US 23 N, Alpena, Michigan 49707 , Phone: (989) 356-2151, Fax: (989) 356-2151
  • Best Western Of Alpena, 1286 M-32 W, Alpena, Michigan 49707 , Phone: (989) 356-9087, Fax: (989) 356-9087
  • Big Bear Lodge, 2052 US Hwy 23 S, Alpena, Michigan 49707 , Phone: (989) 354-8573, Fax: (989) 354-6072
  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alpena, 225 River St, Alpena, Michigan 49707 , Phone: (989) 340-1800, Fax: (989) 340-1899
  • Ramada by Wyndham, 1000 US Hwy 23 N, Alpena, Michigan 49707 , Phone: (989) 356-2151, Fax: (989) 358-6732
All 5 fire-safe hotels and motels in Alpena, Michigan
Most common first names in Alpena, MI among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John20875.8 years
William20175.8 years
Mary15880.4 years
Robert15369.7 years
Joseph12477.5 years
Margaret12179.2 years
James12071.6 years
Helen11979.9 years
Frank10976.8 years
Edward10574.0 years
Most common last names in Alpena, MI among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith8077.7 years
Anderson4675.0 years
Miller3879.8 years
Johnson3473.9 years
Thompson3477.9 years
Brown3277.8 years
Werda2968.2 years
Skiba2880.2 years
Davis2875.9 years
Schultz2779.3 years
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Alpena, MI
  • 92.3%Utility gas
  • 2.7%Electricity
  • 2.4%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 1.6%Wood
  • 0.7%Other fuel
  • 0.2%Solar energy
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Alpena, MI
  • 79.6%Utility gas
  • 18.5%Electricity
  • 1.3%No fuel used
  • 0.7%Other fuel


Alpena compared to Michigan state average:

  • Median house value below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.

Alpena on our top lists:

  • #67 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most people born in the same U.S. state as the city (population 5,000+)"
  • #97 (49707) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the largest percentage of Polish first ancestries (pop 5,000+)"
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  • Quade A. Kimball (1)
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