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Alpena County, Michigan

US county information
NameAlpena County
StateMichigan
SeatAlpena
Largest cityAlpena
US Area
Total Area1695.00 sq mi (4390.1 km2)
Land Area574.15 sq mi (1487 km2)
Water Area1120.85 sq mi (2903 km2)
Population29598 (2010)
Density21/km2 (54.4/sq mi)
Time zoneEastern

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Alpena County is a county in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the population was 29,598. The county seat is Alpena . It is considered to be part of Northern Michigan.

It was founded originally in 1840 as Anomickee County. In 1843, the name was changed to Alpena, a pseudo-Native American word - a neologism coined by Henry Schoolcraft, meaning something like "a good partridge country." This was part of a much larger effort to rename a great many of the Michigan counties at the time.

Alpena County was officially organized in 1857.


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