Kalamazoo, MI
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Kalamazoo is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Michigan. With a population of 76,545 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 service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Kalamazoo who work in office and administrative support (12.62%), sales jobs (11.38%), and food service (9.89%).

Because Kalamazoo has a very large number of students who are 18 years or older and in college, it is thought of as a college town. This has a major influence on local Kalamazoo lifestyle, entertainment, and culture in general. Life in Kalamazoo is very much tied to the academic calendar: when students return from the summer break in the fall, one will notice them out and about, buying groceries, out with friends, and generally getting re-acquainted with each other. In Kalamazoo people study hard and play hard, and there is ample opportunity to do both.

Not only is Kalamazoo a city with many college students, but it also retains many recent graduates who are looking to start new careers, shaping the character of the city into a place that is geared toward, and considered attractive to, many single, educated people. Many singles consider Kalamazoo a good place to live without being in a really big city, with opportunities for friendships and fun with others like themselves.

The education level of Kalamazoo citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 34.18% of adults in Kalamazoo have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Kalamazoo in 2010 was $22,146, which is middle income relative to Michigan, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $88,584 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 31.04% 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 German, Irish, English, Dutch, and Polish.

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