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  2. Crime & Safety
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  3. Housing
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  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
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  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
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  8. Weather
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  9. Cost of Living
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Kalamazoo County is located in Michigan with a population of 259,830. Kalamazoo County is one of the best places to live in Michigan. In Kalamazoo County, most residents own their homes. In Kalamazoo County there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Kalamazoo County and residents tend to lean liberal. The public schools in Kalamazoo County are highly rated.
Population
259,830

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$146,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$762
National
$949
Area Feel
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    36%
  • Own
    64%
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Kalamazoo County Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    477.4
    282.7
  • Murder
    6.3
    6.1
  • Rape
    114.3
    40.7
  • Robbery
    111.1
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    679.3
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,409.9
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    287
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    16%
  • 25-34 years
    13%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    14%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    15%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    22%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    34%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    22%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    6%
    13%

Working in Kalamazoo County

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$51,945
National
$55,322

Kalamazoo County Reviews

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Kalamazoo has a vast array of local shops and places to go downtown! Everything downtown is walking distance and it provides a great atmosphere for friends and family activities. I currently attend Western Michigan University and it is a great school in Kalamazoo. Western and Kalamazoo itself has a very diverse population which gives way to much diversity and view points.
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To give you an idea, Grand Rapids can be described as Kalamazoo but with a pulse. Kalamazoo is college town, home to Western Michigan University (endearingly called "Wastern" by locals). If downtown is dead on a weekend you can probably crash a party somewhere in the "student ghetto" neighborhood or the off-campus housing elsewhere. It's a pretty liberal city with a mix of teenagers, young adults, and middle-agers but not many elders reside here. The size and constant turnover of students moving in and out make renting here very hit and miss, but housing is quite affordable comparatively.
I really like how kind and nice everyone is. The people have a real sense of community and love to welcome all who come.

There is also a very large art scene with a lot of activities monthly. One of my favorite activities is the monthly improv show at the epic center. If you love theatre, then you are in luck! There is usually a good show somewhere in the city no matter what time of year it is.