Profile for Kalamazoo, Michigan, MI
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Kalamazoo is a city in Kalamazoo County.
It is the county seat.
The community name derives from Indian term for "reflecting river" or "mirage."
[NOTE: This is not the only community in Michigan named Kalamazoo. For links to other places called Kalamazoo, MI, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]
The latitude of Kalamazoo is 42.291N. The longitude is -85.587W.
It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 784 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 75,312.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our Kalamazoo demographic reports
Kalamazoo is on the Kalamazoo River.
Former and merged names include:
Once known as a shipping point for celery, advertised as "fresh as dew from Kalamazoo."
Public transportation: Kalamazoo Metro Transit System (See the transit and travel sections below.)
Well-known residents have included:
· Edna Ferber, writer
· Lindsay Tarpley, Olympic gold medallist (soccer)
· Derek Jeter, baseball player
National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks, Panera Bread
Local festivals include:
- Irish Fest - Sept. 21-22, 2007
- Black Arts Film Festival - July 25, 2007
- Kalamazoo County Fair - Aug. 6-11, 2007
- Greek Festival - May 31-June 3, 2007
- Russian Festival - Nov. 9-10, 2007
Dates often change. Check Kalamazoo web sites and events links in the sections below.
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Performing arts: Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra
Nearby parks & recreation:
Kal-Haven Trail State Park
Kalamazoo attractions: Kalamazoo Nature Center
Sports teams: Wings (United Hockey League), Kings (Frontier League baseball)
Historic sites and museums: Kalamazoo Aviation History Museum, Kalamazoo Valley Museum
Colleges and universities:
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo College, Davenport College-Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo Valley Community College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 116
Kalamazoo, you ain't in a class by yourself; I seen you before in a lot of places
-- Carl Sandburg
· "I Got a Gal in Kalamazoo"
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Ancestry & family history
17% of Kalamazoo residents report German ancestry, and 10% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Kalamazoo ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Kalamazoo was $16,897, compared with $21,587 nationally.
33% of Kalamazoo residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Kalamazoo festival dates:
Fairs, festivals & other events
- Kalamazoo County Fair - A
- Irish Fest - S
- Greek Festival - M
- Black Arts Film Festival - J
- Russian Festival - N
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
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Median rent in Kalamazoo, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $476. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $782.
Libraries in Kalamazoo include Alma Powell Branch Library, Eastwood Branch Library, Kalamazoo Public Library, Oshtemo Branch Library, Washington Square Branch Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Kalamazoo include Kalamazoo Gazette
TV stations in Kalamazoo include WGVK, WLLA, WWMT.
National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WMUK.
Kalamazoo County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Kalamazoo political report.
The average commute time for Kalamazoo workers is 17 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 10 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Kalamazoo between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 1.3 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
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More info about Kalamazoo:
Other MI communities named Kalamazoo:
�Kalamazoo County charter township
MI communities formerly known as Kalamazoo:
�Saugatuck, Allegan County
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