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  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    C-
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A
Kalamazoo is a town in Michigan with a population of 76,040. Kalamazoo is in Kalamazoo County and is one of the best places to live in Michigan. Living in Kalamazoo offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents rent their homes. In Kalamazoo there are a lot of parks. Many young professionals live in Kalamazoo and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Kalamazoo are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$103,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$775
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    55%
  • Own
    45%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    843.5
    282.7
  • Murder
    11.7
    6.1
  • Rape
    143.2
    40.7
  • Robbery
    236.9
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    915
    500.1
  • Theft
    3,313.9
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    428.2
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    10%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    29%
  • 25-34 years
    15%
  • 35-44 years
    10%
  • 45-54 years
    8%
  • 55-64 years
    9%
  • 65+ years
    10%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    15%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    20%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    35%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    20%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    10%
    13%

Working in Kalamazoo

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$40,292
National
$55,322
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I think Kalamazoo is an excellent city! There are many fun local festivals, and the downtown area supports small local businesses. They are also very invested in the arts, giving scholarships to the local Arts Institution and the Civic Theatre! Not only do they promote arts among the residents, but especially to the students. Programs like Education for Employment/Arts give free college level training to arts and trades schools to junior and senior high schoolers. However, the public school system is not the best and there is violence and occasional drug usage. To combat this, Kalamazoo has put a scholarship in place, called the Promise, which gives everyone who attended Kalamazoo Public Schools K-12 free college tuition at any Michigan college. Overall, Kalamazoo is a great place to raise a family!
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Kalamazoo is a unique city. I have been a resident of Kalamazoo for the majority of my childhood and adult life. Kalamazoo is culturally diverse, a city of great opportunity, and liberal perspective. With the Kalamazoo Promise offered to any local resident who attends Kalamazoo Public Schools, the program funded by local companies like Pfizer and Upjohn, offers paid college tuition to almost every Michigan College. As a Kalamazoo Promise Scholar, I was able to graduate from a local private college with very little debt. I now work as a Children’s Services Specialist with Kalamazoo County DHHS. I have personally observed countless programs offered by Kalamazoo County which provide services to our underserved population. Kalamazoo by far is a community based city which supports its citizens who need it most. I am very fortunate to have grown up in such a supportive community.
I attend Western Michigan University and have gotten the chance to explore a lot of what Kalamazoo has to offer. From the old 1900s architecture of Vine-street to Bell's Eccentric Cafe and Brewery, Kalamazoo gives the feeling of new growth and potential for a fun city to explore. Many new small businesses have been popping up downtown and have changed the atmosphere of the city. It has an indie vibe that reminds me of Grand Rapids but is connected between Chicago and Detroit by the railway which makes it a true Constantinople of Michigan; A crossroads for ideas and culture that is unmatched throughout the Midwest. There is a lot of progress to be made, but Kalamazoo has stolen my heart. I cannot wait to see how the city will grow in the future!