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Overview

Introduction to Kalamazoo, Michigan

The Michigan city of Kalamazoo, home to Western Michigan University, is located in the southwestern part of the state, about 57 miles south of Grand Rapids, 140 miles west of Detroit, and 145 miles east of Chicago, Illinois. The city is situated in the heart of the Great Lakes region at the intersection of Interstate I-94 and U.S. Route 131. Kalamazoo is also serviced by Michigan State Highways 43 and 96. In addition to Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo is also the home of Kalamazoo College (the oldest college in the state), Davenport University, Cornerstone University, and Kalamazoo Valley Community College.

Founded by Titus Bronson in 1829, the city was originally named Bronson but the name was officially changed to Kalamazoo in 1836 concurrent with Bronson's exodus from the city. Incorporated as a village in 1838 and later as a city in 1883, Kalamazoo is believed to have gotten its name from an Indian word meaning boiling water. Kalamazoo's major industries have traditionally included agriculture and paper products; however, several notable businesses have their origins in the city including the Gibson Guitar Corporation, Checker Cabs, Kalamazoo Stoves, Stryker hospital beds, and Shakespeare fishing rods and reels. Another notable company native to Kalamazoo was the Upjohn Company, founded in the late 1800s by W. E. Upjohn. The company is now part of Pfizer Corporation, the world’s largest pharmaceutical company and a major employer in the city. Kalamazoo is often referred to as the "Mall City," in honor of its status as the site of the nation's first pedestrian mall, designed in 1959.

Arts, Culture, and Attractions in Kalamazoo

Kalamazoo is home to a wide variety of cultural and artistic sites. Nature, art, and education are embodied in the city’s numerous museums and attractions. The Air Zoo, also known as the Kalamazoo Aviation History Museum, can best be described as a theme park disguised as a museum. Visitors can participate in a multi-sensory experience savoring the wonders of man-made flight, including exhibits which celebrate everything from the history of flight to its inner workings. The Kalamazoo Valley Museum is a largely interactive small museum which features a planetarium, an interactive history gallery, and simulated missions to space via the Challenger Learning Center. The Gilmore Car Museum features 90 landscaped acres of restored historic barns filled with a large variety of extraordinary vehicles spanning more than 100 years of automotive heritage. The Kalamazoo Nature Center has indoor and outdoor activities for all ages, including state-of-the-art interactive exhibits, a three-story tropical rainforest, and 11 nature trails filled with wildlife. The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts (KIA) offers a stunning variety of permanent collection works in rotating shows and a new community cultural center auditorium. Kalamazoo Mall, the first outdoor pedestrian mall in the United States, has something for everyone: parades, sidewalk sales, seasonal holiday festivities, specialty shops, chic restaurants and lively brewpubs. The nearby city of Battle Creek (27 miles to the east) is home to Kellogg’s Cereal City, which offers a 1930's-themed restaurant and tours chronicling the history and manufacturing process of cereal.

NCAA Division I-A college sports in Kalamazoo are provided by the Western Michigan University Broncos. The University's athletic program offers 16 varsity sports including basketball, football, hockey, baseball, and volleyball. The school is a member of the Mid-American Conference. Division III sports are offered by Kalamazoo College, home of the Hornets. The College has teams in 8 men's varsity sports and 8 women's varsity sports, and they all compete in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA). The men's tennis team has had incredible success, having captured well over 60 MIAA conference championships.

Kalamazoo has three minor-league professional sports teams. The Kalamazoo Kings are a minor league baseball team playing in the independent Frontier League, not associated with any Major League Baseball team. Hockey's Kalamazoo Wings are a minor-league team playing in the United Hockey League (UHL), and the Kalamazoo Kingdom professional soccer team is a member of United Soccer League's Premier Development League (PDL).

Demographics

People

Total Population75,885
Male Share of the Population50%
Female Share of the Population50%
Senior Citizens9.7%
Employed Population 16+36,057
Age of the Population26

Families

% of people married25.5%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher33.4%
Median Earnings25+$27,299
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$15,237
Median Earnings With High School Degree$22,313

Wealth

Median Family Income$46,935
% Above Poverty Level67.3%
% Below Poverty Level32.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time18 minutes
% Working from Home3.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work8.8%
% Using Public Transportation3.1%

Housing

People Living Alone35.8%
Median Gross Rent$715
Median House Value$96,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)35.6%
German17.2%
Irish9.7%
English8.2%
Dutch6.9%
Polish6.2%
Italian4.2%
French Except Basque2.9%
Scottish2.2%
Swedish1.5%
Arab1.3%
Norwegian0.9%
Hungarian0.9%
Canadian0.8%
African0.8%
Russian0.6%
Welsh0.6%
Greek0.5%
Finnish0.5%
Palestinian0.5%
Czech0.4%
Belgian0.3%
Swiss0.3%
Danishn0.3%
Romanian0.3%
Lebanese0.3%
Austrian0.3%
Croatian0.2%
West Indian0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Iraqi0.1%
Ukrainian0.1%
Jamaican0.1%
US/American0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Israeli0.1%
Iranian0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Latvian0.1%
Basque0.1%
Slovak0.1%
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Kalamazoo Almanac

CategoryValue
County Kalamazoo County
Standard Zip Codes49001, 49006, 49007, 49008, 49009, 49048, 49004
P.O. Box Zip Codes49003, 49005, 49019
Phone Area Codes269
Time ZoneAmerica/Detroit
Approximate Latitude42.27
Approximate Longitude-85.58

Kalamazoo Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationKALAMAZOO STATE HOSPITAL
Distance0.9 miles
Jan Temp17 to 32 F
Apr Temp38 to 60 F
Jul Temp62 to 84 F
Oct Temp43 to 63 F
Annual Precip37.4 inches
StationGULL LAKE BIOL STA
Distance12.8 miles
Jan Temp16 to 32 F
Apr Temp36 to 61 F
Jul Temp61 to 86 F
Oct Temp42 to 63 F
Annual Precip38.8 inches
StationTHREE RIVERS
Distance24.9 miles
Jan Temp13 to 30 F
Apr Temp34 to 58 F
Jul Temp59 to 83 F
Oct Temp38 to 62 F
Annual Precip37 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Galesburg2,053$37,500
Mattawan2,282$46,106
Parchment1,931$40,787
Plainwell3,812$56,288
Portage47,854$74,617
Richland858$79,792

Kalamazoo Public Libraries

Kalamazoo Public Library
315 SOUTH ROSE STREET
Kalamazoo, Michigan
(269) 553-7800

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Kalamazoo Hospitals

Borgess Medical Center
(Non-profit)
1521 Gull Road
Bronson Methodist Hospital
(Non-profit)
601 John Street

Kalamazoo Public Schools

Edison Environmental Science Academy
924 Russell St
ZIP: 49001
(269) 337-0550
Primary
Total Enrollment 325
Greenwood Elementary School
3501 Moreland St
ZIP: 49001
(269) 337-0560
Primary
Total Enrollment 105
Loy Norrix High School
606 East Kilgore Rd
ZIP: 49001
(269) 337-0200
High
Total Enrollment 1530
Milwood Elementary School
3400 Lovers Ln
ZIP: 49001
(269) 337-0660
Primary
Total Enrollment 378
Milwood Magnet School
2916 Konkle St
ZIP: 49001
(269) 337-0670
Middle
Total Enrollment 680
Parkwood-upjohn Elementary School
2321 South Park St
ZIP: 49001
(269) 337-0720
Primary
Total Enrollment 536
Barclay Hills Education Center
1125 East Mosel Ave
ZIP: 49004
(269) 488-1470
Other
Total Enrollment 111
Parchment Central Elem. School
516 North Orient St
ZIP: 49004
(269) 488-1000
Primary
Total Enrollment 287
Parchment High School
1916 East G Ave
ZIP: 49004
(269) 488-1100
High
Total Enrollment 498
Parchment Middle School
307 North Riverview Dr
ZIP: 49004
(269) 488-1200
Middle
Total Enrollment 370
Parchment North Elem. School
5535 Keyes Dr
ZIP: 49004
(269) 488-1400
Primary
Total Enrollment 276
Parchment Northwood Elem. School
600 Edison St
ZIP: 49004
(269) 488-1300
Primary
Total Enrollment 140
Spring Valley Center For Exploration
3530 Mount Olivet Rd
ZIP: 49004
(269) 337-0750
Primary
Total Enrollment 327
Arcadia Elementary School
932 Boswell Ln
ZIP: 49006
(269) 337-0530
Primary
Total Enrollment 387
Hillside Middle School
1941 Alamo Ave
ZIP: 49006
(269) 337-0570
Middle
Total Enrollment 567
Indian Prairie Elementary School
3546 Grand Prairie Rd
ZIP: 49006
(269) 337-0590
Primary
Total Enrollment 212
Kalamazoo Central High School
2432 North Drake Rd
ZIP: 49006
(269) 337-0300
High
Total Enrollment 1639
King-westwood Elementary School
1100 Nichols Rd
ZIP: 49006
(269) 337-0610
Primary
Total Enrollment 549
Linden Grove Middle School
4241 Arboretum Pkwy
ZIP: 49006
(269) 337-1740
Middle
Total Enrollment 737
Kalamazoo Resa West Campus-young Adult Program
422 East South St
ZIP: 49007
(269) 250-9602
Other
Total Enrollment 81
Lincoln International Studies School
912 North Burdick St
ZIP: 49007
(269) 337-0640
Primary
Total Enrollment 265
Northglade Montessori School
1914 Cobb Ave
ZIP: 49007
(269) 337-0700
Primary
Total Enrollment 172
Transition Services
714 South Westnedge Ave
ZIP: 49007
(269) 337-0161
High
Total Enrollment 23
Woodward School For Technology And Research
606 Stuart Ave
ZIP: 49007
(269) 337-0810
Primary
Total Enrollment 346
El Sol Elementary
604 West Vine St
ZIP: 49008
(269) 337-0230
Primary
Total Enrollment 318
Evergreen Academy
2121 Hudson Ave
ZIP: 49008
(269) 488-6324
Primary
Total Enrollment 53
Lakeside Charter School
3921 Oakland Dr
ZIP: 49008
(269) 381-4760
Other
Total Enrollment 113
Maple Street Magnet School For The Arts
922 West Maple St
ZIP: 49008
(269) 337-0730
Middle
Total Enrollment 769
Paramount Charter Academy
3624 South Westnedge Ave
ZIP: 49008
(269) 553-6400
Primary
Total Enrollment 481
Phoenix Alternative High School
1411 Oakland Dr
ZIP: 49008
(269) 337-0760
High
Total Enrollment 206
Washington Writers' Academy
3333 S Westnedge Ave
ZIP: 49008
(269) 337-0770
Primary
Total Enrollment 380
Winchell Elementary School
2316 Winchell Ave
ZIP: 49008
(269) 337-0780
Primary
Total Enrollment 454
Woods Lake Elementary:a Magnet Center For The Arts
3215 Oakland Dr
ZIP: 49008
(269) 337-0790
Primary
Total Enrollment 543
Alamo Elementary School
8184 North 6th St
ZIP: 49009
(269) 692-6150
Primary
Total Enrollment 263
Cooper Elementary School
7559 North 14th St
ZIP: 49009
(269) 349-2674
Primary
Total Enrollment 253
Prairie Ridge Elementary School
2294 South 9th St
ZIP: 49009
(269) 337-0630
Primary
Total Enrollment 547
Youth Advancement Academy
6750 Chime St
ZIP: 49009
(269) 353-4193
High
Total Enrollment 45
Comstock Compass High School
3010 Gull Rd
ZIP: 49048
(269) 250-8930
Other
Total Enrollment 235
Comstock High School
2107 North 26th St
ZIP: 49048
(269) 250-8700
High
Total Enrollment 482
Forest Academy
5196 Comstock Ave
ZIP: 49048
(269) 488-2315
Primary
Total Enrollment 170
Green Meadow Elementary School
6171 East Mn Ave
ZIP: 49048
(269) 250-8960
Primary
Total Enrollment 294
North Elementary School
3100 North 26th St
ZIP: 49048
(269) 250-8550
Primary
Total Enrollment 273
Northeast Middle School
1423 North 28th St
ZIP: 49048
(269) 250-8600
Middle
Total Enrollment 519
Northeastern Elementary School
2433 Gertrude St
ZIP: 49048
(269) 337-0690
Primary
Total Enrollment 320
Stem Academy
175 Hunt St
ZIP: 49048
(269) 250-8907
Primary
Total Enrollment 169
Valley Center School
3122 Lake St
ZIP: 49048
(269) 388-9494
Other
Total Enrollment 36
Youth Center School
1424 Gull Rd
ZIP: 49048
(269) 385-6024
Other
Total Enrollment 71

Kalamazoo Private Schools

Providence Christian School
100 Pratt Rd
ZIP: 49001
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 63
Kalamazoo Sda Junior Academy
1601 Nichols Rd
ZIP: 49006
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 58
Reformed Heritage Christian School
700 Fletcher Ave
ZIP: 49006
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 43
St Augustine School
600 W Michigan Ave
ZIP: 49007
Elementary
Total Enrollment 275
Kazoo School
1401 Cherry St
ZIP: 49008
Elementary
Total Enrollment 96
Msgr John R Hackett Catholic Central High School
1000 W Kilgore Rd
ZIP: 49008
Secondary
Total Enrollment 318
St Monica School
530 W Kilgore Rd
ZIP: 49008
Elementary
Total Enrollment 348
The Gagie School
615 Fairview Ave
ZIP: 49008
Elementary
Total Enrollment 211
The Montessori School-kalamazoo Campus
750 Howard St
ZIP: 49008
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 124
Heritage Christian Academy
6312 Quail Run Dr
ZIP: 49009
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 272
Kalamazoo Christian Elementary School
3800 S 12th St
ZIP: 49009
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 819
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