Alpena, Arkansas

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Alpena, Arkansas
Alpena's deteriorating downtown
Alpena's deteriorating downtown
Location in Boone County and the state of Arkansas
Location in Boone County and the state of Arkansas
Coordinates: 36°17′37″N 93°17′46″W / 36.29361°N 93.29611°W / 36.29361; -93.29611Coordinates: 36°17′37″N 93°17′46″W / 36.29361°N 93.29611°W / 36.29361; -93.29611
Country United States
State Arkansas
Counties Boone, Carroll
 • Total 1.4 sq mi (3.5 km2)
 • Land 1.4 sq mi (3.5 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 1,142 ft (348 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 392
 • Density 265/sq mi (106/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 72611
Area code(s) 870
FIPS code 05-01060
GNIS feature ID 0076166

Alpena is a town in Boone and Carroll counties in the U.S. state of Arkansas. The population was 392 at the 2010 census.

The Boone County portion of Alpena is part of the Harrison Micropolitan Statistical Area.


Alpena Pass was founded in 1908 on top of a graveyard shortly after the Missouri and North Arkansas Railroad was built through Boone County. In the 1950s, the word pass was dropped from the name, thus creating the current name, Alpena.

At the time of the town's founding, the town of Carrollton was in decline. Many of the buildings of Carrollton were disassembled, moved and reassembled at Alpena Pass. MADtv's Rice and Beans Tour once came through the town, doing a tongue-in-cheek expose` about rural America. They encountered a seemingly drug-intoxicated woman and had an interview with the mayor.


Alpena is located at 36°17′37″N 93°17′46″W / 36.293713°N 93.296233°W / 36.293713; -93.296233.[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 3.5 km² (1.4 mi²), all land.

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As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 371 people, 146 households, and 95 families residing in the town. The population density was 105.3/km² (272.9/mi²). There were 170 housing units at an average density of 48.3/km² (125.1/mi²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.50% White, 2.16% Native American, 0.27% Asian, and 1.08% from two or more races. 2.43% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 146 households out of which 35.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.9% were married couples living together, 12.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.9% were non-families. 31.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.21.

In the town the population was spread out with 31.0% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 26.1% from 25 to 44, 18.3% from 45 to 64, and 17.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 83.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $23,906, and the median income for a family was $28,333. Males had a median income of $29,000 versus $17,125 for females. The per capita income for the town was $13,429. About 7.3% of families and 13.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.0% of those under age 18 and 29.4% of those age 65 or over.

Population history[edit]

The town of Alpena first appeared on the US Census in 1920. This says nothing about when the community began; it merely identifies when it began to be recognized in the US Census.

Census Population
2010 392
2000 371
1990 319
1980 344
1970 309
1960 283
1950 304
1940 313
1930 361
1920 250

The figure for 2000 represents the full population of Alpena, spread across both Boone County and Carroll County. Up to and including 1980, the US Census only listed Alpena under Boone County.

In 2000, the population of Alpena was split into three townships across two counties. (Note that there is a Carrollton Township in both Boone and Carroll Counties. It was one single township until Boone County was split from Carroll County in 1869.)

County Township Population
Boone Carrollton 288
Carroll Carrollton 8
Carroll Coin 75


The Boone County portion of Alpena, along with part of the Carroll County portion Alpena is within the Alpena School District, which leads to graduation from Alpena High School[3] A small part of the Carroll County portion of Alpena is within the Green Forest School District.[4]


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Alpena has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[5]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ School District Reference Map (2010 Census): Boone County, AR (PDF) (Map). US Census Bureau. Retrieved 20110628.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  4. ^ School District Reference Map (2010 Census): Carroll County, AR (PDF) (Map). US Census Bureau. Retrieved 20110628.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  5. ^ Climate Summary for Alpena, Arkansas
  6. ^ "Ron McNair". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved April 11, 2015. 

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