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Alden, Michigan
Location within Antrim County
Location within Antrim County
Alden, Michigan is located in Michigan
Alden, Michigan
Alden, Michigan
Location in Michigan
Alden, Michigan is located in the United States
Alden, Michigan
Alden, Michigan
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Michigan
County Antrim
Township Helena
Settled 1868
 • Total 0.400 sq mi (1.04 km2)
 • Land 0.400 sq mi (1.04 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0 km2)
604 ft (184 m)
 • Total 125
 • Density 312.5/sq mi (120.7/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
49615 (Bellaire)
Area code(s) 231
GNIS feature ID 619916

Alden is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) located in Helena Township in Antrim County in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is situated at the southeast end of Torch Lake, about 20 miles (32 km) northeast of Traverse City. The population of Alden was 125 at the 2010 census.

Alden is at 44°52′52″N 85°16′32″W / 44.88111°N 85.27556°W / 44.88111; -85.27556 and the FIPS place code is 01060. The elevation is 604 feet (184 m) above sea level. The Alden ZIP code 49612 serves portions of Helena Township as well as Custer Township to the east and Clearwater Township to the south and Rapid River Township to the south in Kalkaska County.

The community first began to develop after a store was built in Helena Township in 1868. The settlement that formed around it was initially called Noble. Because it was located at the mouth of Spencer Creek, the community became known as Spencer Creek and received a post office with that name on June 15, 1869. After the Pere Marquette Railway came to the town in 1891, the post office was renamed Alden on July 18, 1892, for William Alden Smith, who was an official with the railroad company. Smith later became a congressman and U.S. senator from Michigan.

The community of Alden was listed as a newly-organized census-designated place for the 2010 census, meaning it now has officially defined boundaries and population statistics for the first time.

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