Kalamazoo, MI
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Living in Kalamazoo


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, Kalamazoo isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Kalamazoo are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Kalamazoo is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Kalamazoo who work in office and administrative support (10.74%), sales jobs (10.43%), and management occupations (8.77%).

Kalamazoo is also a college town, where lots of students live while attending area colleges. Because of the high percentage of people living in Kalamazoo enrolled in college, Kalamazoo has a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards the needs and activities of students.

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 citizens of Kalamazoo are very well educated compared to the average community in the nation: 38.15% of adults in Kalamazoo have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Kalamazoo in 2010 was $28,264, which is middle income relative to Michigan and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $113,056 for a family of four. However, Kalamazoo contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Kalamazoo is a very 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, Dutch, English, and Polish.

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