Introduction to Alpena, Michigan

Alpena, Michigan, in Alpena county, is 116 miles N of Saginaw, Michigan and 189 miles N of Detroit, Michigan. The city has a population of 11,304.

Alpena History

The area that is now known as Alpena was originally inhabited by Ottawa and Chippewa Indians. They lived here until the white settlers arrived in the early 1830s. Alpena was a lumbering center with vast timber stands and many rivers. The area was incorporated as a city in 1871.

Alpena and nearby Attractions

  • Alpena Chamber of Commerce
  • Jesse Besser Museum
  • Long Lake Park
  • McRae Park
  • Duck Park
  • Bay View Park

Things To Do In Alpena

The Alpena civic theatre is a popular tourist destination which offers live theatre performances. The Alpena County George N. Fletcher public library is a great place for book lovers. The city also has many parks where you can spend your leisure time.

Alpena Transportation

The most local airport providing air transportation in the region is the Alpena County Regional Airport.

Alpena Higher Education

The local colleges in the region are Alpena Community College and Alpenas Hollywood School of Beauty Inc.


Total Population 10,336
Male Share of the Population 47.7%
Female Share of the Population 52.3%
Senior Citizens 19.1%
Employed Population 16+ 4,439
Age of the Population 41


% of people married 44.9%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 17.5%
Median Earnings25+ $25,301
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,481
Median Earnings With High School Degree $20,152


Median Family Income $41,429
% Above Poverty Level 74.9%
% Below Poverty Level 25.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 13 minutes
% Working from Home 2.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.9%
% Using Public Transportation 1.1%


People Living Alone 35.8%
Median Gross Rent $507
Median House Value $76,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 11.3%
US/American 0%
English 9.5%
Irish 11.4%

Alpena Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 116 miles N of Saginaw, Michigan (center to center)
Nearest Large City 189 miles N of Detroit, Michigan
County Alpena
Standard Zip Codes 49707
Phone Area Codes 989
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 45.061
Longitude -83.432

Alpena Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 0.3 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 27 F
Apr Temp 33 to 48 F
Jul Temp 59 to 77 F
Oct Temp 40 to 55 F
Annual Precip 28.4 inches
Distance 30.9 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 27 F
Apr Temp 30 to 50 F
Jul Temp 56 to 78 F
Oct Temp 38 to 56 F
Annual Precip 28.4 inches
Distance 43.9 miles
Jan Temp 7 to 27 F
Apr Temp 30 to 54 F
Jul Temp 55 to 82 F
Oct Temp 34 to 58 F
Annual Precip 26.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Hillman 723 $38,977
Posen 239 $33,125

Alpena Public Libraries

Alpena County Library
Alpena, Michigan
(989) 356-6188
Library Web Site

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Alpena Hospitals

(Government - Local)
(989) 356-7390
Emergency Service: Yes

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3303 S. 3RD AVENUE
A Title I School.
Serves 1,678 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.2

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