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.