A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    C-
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$96,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$715
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    56%
  • Own
    44%

Kalamazoo Rankings

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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
    800
    283
  • Murder
    9
    6
  • Rape
    121
    41
  • Robbery
    238
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    988
    500
  • Theft
    2,917
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    312
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$34,767
National
$55,322
Children
17%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    15%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    19%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    36%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    21%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    9%
    13%
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The segregated landscape and disparity of improvements based on neighborhoods in Kalamazoo is quite worrisome, based on the large amount of philanthropy and its small size. The City has peculiar strategies with revenue building and there are many vacant and untaxed lots that no individuals can develop. For a long time resident and person who values history and culture, this city is heading in a strange direction. Commissioners approve a multitude of liquor licenses mostly concentrated in its neighborhoods of high poverty whilst battling rising crime. It's no surprise this city has ever increasing homelessness. Home values are inflated for the age/quality of housing stock. For those who aren't good ol' boys and who value equality of opportunity, this city feels sad. It felt more like a healthy home when there were less liquor stores and breweries and more neighborhood businesses not owned by PlazaCorp or government.
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The atmosphere in Kalamazoo is amazing. With the multiple college campuses in the area, everyone is really great! I love downtown and the unique little shops and I love that everything is close enough to get around to! It's a great area for people who like a busy lifestyle and for people who like to take it slow. The town is good for sports fanatics because Western Michigan University continues to be the talk of the town with their amazing teams! Kalamazoo is a great place for families and also has the Kalamazoo Promise which is a great thing to consider when you have little ones!
Kalamazoo is a great town! It has a nice mall with a really cute downtown where you can find a lot of original items. Kalamazoo is also an active and artsy town where runs are held and ArtHop is organized, that allows people to draw their art all over downtown.