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Alpena, Michigan - Basic Facts

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The City of Alpena had a population of 10,451 as of July 1, 2017. Alpena ranks in the lower quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Michigan. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Alpena is located at latitude 45.0745 and longitude -83.4436 in Alpena County. The formal boundaries for the City of Alpena (see map below) encompass a land area of 8.54 sq. miles and a water area of 0.69 sq. miles. Alpena County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 591 feet.

The City of Alpena (GNIS ID: 1625832) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Alpena population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

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Alpena, MI Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 10,451
Daytime Population: Workers 8,151
Daytime Population: Residents 5,411
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 13,562
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.30
Population in Households 10,159
Population in Familes 7,334
Population in Group Qrtrs 292
Population Density2 1,224
Diversity Index3 11


Median Household Income $37,630
Average Household Income $50,299
Per Capita Income $22,802


Total Housing Units 5,300 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,178 (60.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,549 (29.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 573 (10.8%)
Median Home Value $86,795
Average Home Value $111,321


Total Households 4,727
Average Household Size 2.15
Family Households 2,600
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population -0.04% -0.27%
Households -0.02% -0.26%
Families 0.19% -0.42%
Median Household Income   0.66%
Per Capita Income   1.72%

Alpena, MI - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Alpena to the other 692 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Michigan by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 102 85th
Population Density # 273 61st
Diversity Index # 545 21st
Median Household Income # 566 18th
Per Capita Income # 394 43rd

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