Alpena, MI
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Alpena is a somewhat small city located in the state of Michigan. With a population of 10,175 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Alpena is the 108th largest community in Michigan.

Alpena is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Alpena is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Alpena who work in sales jobs (15.50%), office and administrative support (15.23%), and food service (8.90%).

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 13.38 minutes getting to work every day.

In terms of college education, Alpena is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 17.48% of adults 25 and older in Alpena have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Alpena in 2010 was $19,297, which is lower middle income relative to Michigan and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $77,188 for a family of four.

The people who call Alpena home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Alpena residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Alpena include Polish, French , Irish, and English.

The most common language spoken in Alpena is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.