Kalamazoo, MI
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Kalamazoo is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Michigan. With a population of 76,041 people and 36 constituent neighborhoods, Kalamazoo is the 16th largest community in Michigan.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Kalamazoo is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Kalamazoo is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Kalamazoo who work in office and administrative support (13.18%), sales jobs (12.31%), and food service (9.88%).

In addition, Kalamazoo is a major college town that has a very high percentage of its residents over 18 years old who are college students. Naturally, collegiate life has a major influence on local Kalamazoo culture, lifestyle and entertainment options. Kalamazoo really pulses to the beat of the academic calendar. In Kalamazoo every fall, returning students reinvigorate the community, who you will notice are all over town, buying groceries, out with friends, and getting acquainted or re-acquainted with each other and Kalamazoo. One of the beneficial effects that colleges provide is that they tend to be lasting institutions that deliver direct economic benefits to the local economy in the form of such things as jobs for faculty and staff, and spending by students. Kalamazoo benefits directly from this.

In terms of college education, Kalamazoo is substantially better educated than the typical community in the nation, which has 21.84% of the adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree: 32.70% of adults in Kalamazoo have a college degree.

The per capita income in Kalamazoo in 2010 was $19,242, which is lower middle income relative to Michigan and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $76,968 for a family of four. However, Kalamazoo contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Kalamazoo also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 33.94% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Kalamazoo is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Kalamazoo home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Kalamazoo residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Kalamazoo include Irish, English, Dutch, and Polish.

The most common language spoken in Kalamazoo is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Arabic.