Kalamazoo is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Michigan. With a population of 76,200 people and 36 constituent neighborhoods, Kalamazoo is the 16th largest community in Michigan.
Kalamazoo is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Kalamazoo is a city of service providers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Kalamazoo who work in food service (12.53%), office and administrative support (11.74%), and sales jobs (8.92%).
Kalamazoo is also a major college town with a large number of people who are 18 years or older and attending college. As is often the case in college towns, the many students that live in Kalamazoo have a strong influence on the local culture and entertainment scene, which may seem dormant by comparison in the summer months when much of the student population is away. In the fall, the return of students has a reinvigorating effect on the community. Because colleges are lasting institutions, they have a stabilizing effect on the economy by providing direct local benefits such as jobs for faculty and staff and spending by students. Kalamazoo’s economy is one such example of this.
Not only is Kalamazoo a city with many college students, but it also retains many recent graduates who are looking to start new careers, creating a decent-sized population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile. This makes it a good choice for other relocating single professionals. Here, these young singles will find many others like themselves, with opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.
The overall education level of Kalamazoo citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 33.84% of adults in Kalamazoo have at least a bachelor's degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.
The per capita income in Kalamazoo in 2018 was $23,619, which is lower middle income relative to Michigan and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $94,476 for a family of four. However, Kalamazoo contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
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 Polish.