Key findings

  • Alpena has a Livability Score of 60/100, which is considered below average
  • Alpena crime rates are 8% higher than the Michigan average
  • Cost of living in Alpena is 8% lower than the Michigan average
  • Alpena real estate prices are 40% lower than the Michigan average
  • Rental prices in Alpena are 28% lower than the Michigan average

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      Top Rated Schools in Alpena

      Name Grades Students Proficiency
      Ella M. White SchoolKG - 541652%
      Pied Piper SchoolKG - 122550%
      Besser Elementary SchoolKG - 535247%
      Hinks SchoolKG - 514047%
      Alpena High School9 - 121,31546%
      Lincoln Community SchoolKG - 515242%
      Thunder Bay Junior High School6 - 890539%
      Oxbow Aces Academy/alternative And Adult Ed7 - 1211525%
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      Boring and a dying town

      Nothing to do for the youth and the old. School system is horrible and choose a child bully out. We seem to keep losing business hardly grow and I want out of this miserable place. Traffic is wild and the police force are never to be found when people are blowing red lights and can't wait in the turn lane almost hitting pedestrians. The attraction here are so lame we have a nice light pointing at a old bicycle... Most of our parks have no lighting at night so you can't see and they are closed at 11 so good luck doing anything if your young... Go to the bar and get hammered...
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      Alpena: On the Banks of Lake Huron

      I call Alpena, Michigan home and absolutely love living in Alpena, Michigan. This place is located on Lake Huron in an area known as Thunder Bay. The best areas in Alpena, Michigan include areas located on the shores of Lake Huron. You will find lighthouses to explore and multiple wildlife areas including Michigan Islands National Wildlife Refuge.

      Alpena is located along the Lake State Railway so rail transportation is a possibility if needed. The cost of living here is steep. Many people do have a problem finding a job here that actually pays enough to afford the apartments and homes in the area. This area could definitely use more job opportunities.

      The area is slowly growing. I am sure some would like to see faster growth, but I love how this area is keeping its small-town feel. Everyone is just friendly to everyone here. The crime rate is relatively low and I have just fell in love with the area. It offers the basics and great view of Lake Heron with tons of recreational opportunities for water lovers.
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      Source: The Alpena, MI data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).