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Population in 2012: 142 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: -28.3%
Males: 57  (40.6%)
Females: 85  (59.4%)

Median resident age:  56.5 years
Michigan median age:  40.9 years

Zip codes: 49902, 49920.

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Estimated median household income in 2012: $23,685 (it was $21,750 in 2000)
Alpha:

$23,685
MI:

$46,859
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $16,405

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $34,638 (it was $30,900 in 2000)
Alpha:

$34,638
MI:

$115,700
Mean prices in 2011: All housing units: $46,832; Detached houses: $46,832

Median gross rent in 2012: $850.

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Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Alpha: 83.1 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Ancestries: German (19.2%), English (16.0%), Italian (15.4%), Irish (14.7%), Polish (11.5%), Swedish (8.3%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Elevation: 1420 feet

Land area: 0.94 square miles.

Population density: 151 people per square mile 
 
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For population 25 years and over in Alpha:

  • High school or higher: 77.5%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 6.7%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 5.6%
  • Unemployed: 5.3%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 19.3 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Alpha village:

  • Never married: 9.5%
  • Now married: 48.4%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 11.6%
  • Divorced: 30.5%

5 residents are foreign born (5.8% Europe).

This village:  5.8%
Michigan:  6.1%



According to our research of Michigan and other state lists there was 1 registered sex offender living in Alpha, Michigan as of September 30, 2013.
The ratio of number of residents in Alpha to the number of sex offenders is 142 to 1.


Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $836 (2.2%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2012: $550 (1.3%)

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Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Green Bay, WI (107.4 miles , pop. 102,313).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Milwaukee, WI (208.0 miles , pop. 596,974).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (292.9 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Crystal Falls, MI (2.1 miles ), Florence, WI (3.3 miles ), Gaastra, MI (3.3 miles ), Caspian, MI (3.5 miles ), Stambaugh, MI (3.5 miles ), Fern, WI (3.6 miles) , Commonwealth, WI (3.6 miles ), Iron River, MI (3.6 miles ).

Latitude: 46.04 N, Longitude: 88.38 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 906

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Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

9.4%
Michigan:

9.7%

Unemployment by year (%)


Population change in the 1990s: -21 (-9.6%).

Most common industries in 2008-2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Manufacturing (100%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (0%)
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (0%)
  • Construction (0%)
  • Wholesale trade (0%)
  • Retail trade (0%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (0%)
  • Health care and social assistance (44%)
  • Educational services (24%)
  • Public administration (20%)
  • Construction (8%)
  • Other services, except public administration (4%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (0%)
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (0%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (11%)
  • Other teachers and instructors, education, training, and library occupations (11%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (11%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (11%)
  • Counselors, social workers, and other community and social service specialists (7%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (7%)
  • Law enforcement workers including supervisors (7%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (13%)
  • Supervisors and other personal care and service workers except personal appearance, transportation, and child care workers (10%)
  • Cashiers (10%)
  • Mathematical science occupations (7%)
  • Therapists (7%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (7%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (7%)


Average climate in Alpha, Michigan

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Tornado activity:

Alpha-area historical tornado activity is significantly below Michigan state average. It is 55% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 7/4/1986, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 28.4 miles away from the Alpha village center injured 12 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

On 7/11/1987, a category F3 tornado 31.0 miles away from the village center caused between $5000 and $50,000 in damages.

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Iron County (4) is a lot smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 1
Emergencies Declared: 3

Causes of natural disasters: Blizzard: 1, Drought: 1, Flood: 1, Hurricane: 1, Snowstorm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
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Hospitals/medical centers near Alpha:

  • CRYSTAL FALLS COMMUNITY HOSPITAL (Hospital, provides emergency services, about 5 miles away; CRYSTAL FALLS, MI)
  • CRYSTAL MANOR NURSING HOME (Nursing Home, about 5 miles away; CRYSTAL FALLS, MI)
  • GOLDEN LIVINGCENTER-FLORENCE (Nursing Home, about 11 miles away; FLORENCE, WI)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Alpha:

  • Northern Michigan University (about 59 miles; Marquette, MI; Full-time enrollment: 7,952)
  • Michigan Technological University (about 75 miles; Houghton, MI; FT enrollment: 6,330)
  • Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (about 107 miles; Green Bay, WI; FT enrollment: 3,643)
  • University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (about 107 miles; Green Bay, WI; FT enrollment: 4,962)
  • Saint Norbert College (about 112 miles; De Pere, WI; FT enrollment: 2,041)
  • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (about 121 miles; Stevens Point, WI; FT enrollment: 8,352)
  • Fox Valley Technical College (about 123 miles; Appleton, WI; FT enrollment: 3,092)

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Notable location: Alpha Village Hall (A). Display/hide its location on the map

 
Iron County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential
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Drinking water stations with addresses in Alpha and their reported violations in the past:

ALPHA (Population served: 219, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In NOV-2004, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (NOV-09-2004), St Violation/Reminder Notice (NOV-09-2004), St Compliance achieved (NOV-11-2004)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In OCT-2003, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (OCT-10-2003), St Violation/Reminder Notice (OCT-10-2003), St Compliance achieved (OCT-14-2003), St Public Notif received (OCT-30-2003)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In AUG-2002, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (AUG-19-2002), St Violation/Reminder Notice (AUG-22-2002), St Public Notif requested (AUG-22-2002), St Public Notif received (SEP-13-2002)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In SEP-2001, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (SEP-14-2001), St Violation/Reminder Notice (SEP-17-2001), St Public Notif received (OCT-04-2001)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In MAY-2001, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (MAY-08-2001), St Violation/Reminder Notice (MAY-08-2001), St Compliance achieved (MAY-14-2001), St Public Notif received (JUN-06-2001)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In JUL-1999, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (JUL-21-1999), St Violation/Reminder Notice (JUL-21-1999), St Public Notif issued (AUG-01-1999), St Public Notif received (AUG-05-1999), St Compliance achieved (SEP-14-1999)
  • 3 other older health violations
Past monitoring violations:
  • One minor monitoring violation

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 20.8%
(21.0% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 0.0% for two or more races residents)

Average household size:
This village:  1.7 people
Michigan:  2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This village:  40.0%
Whole state:  66.0%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This village:  5.9%
Whole state:  6.4%

No gay or lesbian households reported

Detailed information about poverty and poor residents in Alpha, MI

Alpha compared to Michigan state average:

  • Median household income below state average.
  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age significantly above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly below state average.
  • House age above state average.
  • Number of college students significantly below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher significantly below state average.


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Educational Attainment (%) in 2012

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012


Alpha travel time to work - commute


Alpha mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (40%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (27%)
  • Wood (16%)
  • Utility gas (13%)
  • Other fuel (3%)

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Religion statistics for Alpha village (based on Iron County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 62.35%
Here62.3%
USA50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaUnited Methodist Church The Evangelical Covenant ChurchLutheran Church
Adherents57.8%22.2%4.3%3.3%2.6%
Congregations12.0%16.0%12.0%4.0%8.0%
NameLDS (Mormon) ChurchPresbyterian Church (USA)Baptist General ConferenceAssemblies of GodOther
Adherents2.3%1.9%1.8%0.8%3.0%
Congregations4.0%4.0%8.0%4.0%28.0%
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.
Tables represent county-level data.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 4
Iron County:

3.30 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.34 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
This county:

0.83 / 10,000 pop.
Michigan:

1.52 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 14
Iron County:

11.57 / 10,000 pop.
Michigan:

2.99 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 18
This county:

14.87 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.80 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Iron County:

10.5%
Michigan:

9.7%
Adult obesity rate:
Iron County:

28.5%
State:

29.7%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

15.6%
State:

13.4%

Local government employment and payroll (March 2007)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Financial Administration 0$0 3$2,585
Other Government Administration 0$0 9$6,541
Firefighters 0$0 12$2,640
Streets and Highways 1$3,776$45,3120$0
Solid Waste Management 0$0 1$507
Sewerage 0$0 1$1,267
Parks and Recreation 0$0 1$1,521
Totals for Government 1$3,776$45,31227$15,061

Alpha government finances - Expenditure in 2002 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $39,000 ($274.65)
    Water Utilities: $36,000 ($253.52)
    General Public Buildings: $22,000 ($154.93)
    Parks & Recreation: $22,000 ($154.93)
    Central Staff Services: $14,000 ($98.59)
    Sewerage: $13,000 ($91.55)
    General - Other: $4,000 ($28.17)
    Financial Administration: $3,000 ($21.13)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $32,000 ($225.35)
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $14,000 ($98.59)

Alpha government finances - Revenue in 2002 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $11,000 ($77.46)
  • Miscellaneous - Rents: $13,000 ($91.55)
    Interest Earnings: $7,000 ($49.30)
    General Revenue, NEC: $2,000 ($14.08)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $39,000 ($274.65)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $34,000 ($239.44)
    All Other: $25,000 ($176.06)
    General Support: $17,000 ($119.72)
  • Tax - Property: $29,000 ($204.23)

Alpha government finances - Debt in 2002 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding - Water Utilities: $229,000 ($1612.68)
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Water Utilities: $225,000 ($1584.51)
  • Long Term Debt Retired Unspecified - Water Utilities: $4,000 ($28.17)

Alpha government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002 (per resident):

  • Bond Fund - Cash & Deposits: $80,000 ($563.38)
  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $61,000 ($429.58)

5.27% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($34,374 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.27%
Michigan average:

5.24%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2005 and 2006.


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Dickinson County, MI  0.39% ($43,833 average AGI)
from Marquette County, MI  0.30% ($17,929)
from Cook County, IL  0.26% ($33,167)


5.48% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($27,055 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.48%
Michigan average:

5.98%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2005 and 2006.


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Dickinson County, MI  0.71% ($26,848 average AGI)
to Marquette County, MI  0.41% ($27,474)
to Brown County, WI  0.37% ($23,235)

Strongest AM radio stations in Alpha:

  • WIKB (1230 AM; 1 kW; IRON RIVER, MI; Owner: NORTHLAND ADVERTISING, INC.)
  • WSPT (1010 AM; 50 kW; STEVENS POINT, WI)
  • WDBC (680 AM; 10 kW; ESCANABA, MI; Owner: KMB BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WSAU (550 AM; 20 kW; WAUSAU, WI; Owner: WRIG, INC.)
  • WEBC (560 AM; 50 kW; DULUTH, MN)
  • WTCM (580 AM; 35 kW; TRAVERSE CITY, MI; Owner: WTCM RADIO, INC.)
  • WNAM (1280 AM; 50 kW; NEENAH-MENASHA, WI; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WZAM (970 AM; 5 kW; ISHPEMING, MI)
  • WMIQ (1450 AM; 1 kW; IRON MOUNTAIN, MI; Owner: NORTHERN STAR BROADCASTING, L.L.C.)
  • WLDR (1210 AM; daytime; 50 kW; KINGSLEY, MI; Owner: FORT BEND BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WTMJ (620 AM; 50 kW; MILWAUKEE, WI; Owner: JOURNAL BROADCAST CORPORATION)
  • WHBY (1150 AM; 25 kW; KIMBERLY, WI; Owner: WOODWARD COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WDMJ (1320 AM; 5 kW; MARQUETTE, MI; Owner: NORTHERN STAR BROADCASTING, L.L.C.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Alpha:

  • WIKB-FM (99.1 FM; IRON RIVER, MI; Owner: NORTHLAND ADVERTISING, INC.)
  • WOBE (100.7 FM; CRYSTAL FALLS, MI; Owner: RESULTS BROADCASTING OF IRON MOUNTAIN, INC.)
  • WHTO (106.7 FM; IRON MOUNTAIN, MI; Owner: TODD STUART NOORDYK)
  • WJNR-FM (101.5 FM; IRON MOUNTAIN, MI; Owner: RESULTS BROADCASTING OF IRON MOUNTAIN, INC.)
  • WVCM (91.5 FM; IRON MOUNTAIN, MI; Owner: VCY AMERICA INC.)
  • WIMK (93.1 FM; IRON MOUNTAIN, MI; Owner: NORTHERN STAR BROADCASTING, L.L.C.)
  • W244AW (96.7 FM; IRON MOUNTAIN, MI; Owner: FAMILY ED BC CORP OF DOOR CNTY WI)
  • WNMU-FM (90.1 FM; MARQUETTE, MI; Owner: NORTHERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY)
  • WEUL (98.1 FM; KINGSFORD, MI; Owner: GOSPEL OPPORTUNITIES, INC.)
  • WZNL (94.3 FM; NORWAY, MI; Owner: NORTHERN STAR BROADCASTING, L.L.C.)
  • W237AW (95.3 FM; IRON RIVER, MI; Owner: WRVM, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Alpha:

  • WYOW (Channel 34; EAGLE RIVER, WI; Owner: WAOW-WYOW TELEVISION, INC.)
  • KTTM (Channel 12; HURON, SD; Owner: INDEPENDENT COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WUPT-CA (Channel 25; CRYSTAL FALLS, MI; Owner: WESTERN UPPER PENINSULA TELEVISION, INC.)
  • WJFW-TV (Channel 12; RHINELANDER, WI; Owner: NORTHLAND TELEVISION, INC.)
  • W54AR (Channel 54; FENCE, WI; Owner: STATE OF WISCONSIN - EDUCATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS BOARD)
  • WLUC-TV (Channel 6; MARQUETTE, MI; Owner: WLUC LICENSE SUBSIDIARY, INC.)

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 5
  • Hazardous Condition: 8

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