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.
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, 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%).
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, creating a very large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile. That’s because Kalamazoo is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Kalamazoo a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.
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: 33.84% of adults in Kalamazoo have a college degree.
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.