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.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Alpena is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-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 (15.99%), office and administrative support (15.60%), and food service (7.72%).

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Alpena spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 13.43 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

The percentage of adults in Alpena who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 17.20% of the adults in Alpena have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Alpena in 2010 was $20,002, which is lower middle income relative to Michigan and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $80,008 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 Asian. 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 Chinese and Spanish.