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  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Housing
    B+
  3. Nightlife
    A
  4. Good for Families
    A
  5. Diversity
    B+
  6. Jobs
    B
  7. Weather
    C-
  8. Cost of Living
    B
  9. Health & Fitness
    A
  10. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  11. Commute
    A-
Kalamazoo County is located in Michigan with a population of 261,573. 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
261,573

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$153,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$794
National
$949
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

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
    11%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    14%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    15%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    23%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    33%
    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
$54,431
National
$55,322

Kalamazoo County Reviews

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Kalamazoo is a very nice city! There is lots of fun activities for kids, like splash pad, farms, and other community resource activities. The community is welcoming, Kalamazoo does have a high rate of homelessness. Community leaders are helping transform the community by holding each other accountable and pushing for equity, and transparency. Great Place to live!
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Great town, a lot to experience! Kalamazoo has great offers when it comes to different foods, farmers markets, and more. In the summers before COVID, there was always something going on downtown for people of all ages. Kalamazoo county also has some very beautiful parks and hiking trails to be enjoyed by many.
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.