Overall Niche Grade
- Public SchoolsB-
- Crime & SafetyC
- Good for FamiliesB+
- Cost of LivingB+
- Health & FitnessB
- Outdoor ActivitiesA-
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.
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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!
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!