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Paw Paw is a village in Van Buren County, in the Kalamazoo-Portage metro area.
It is the county seat.
The community was named after the river, which was named after the fruit
[NOTE: This is not the only community in Michigan named Paw Paw. For links to other places called Paw Paw, MI, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]
The latitude of Paw Paw is 42.217N. The longitude is -85.891W.It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 732 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 3,380.
Sections below provide additional information and links about Paw Paw demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Van Buren County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Kalamazoo-Battle Creek area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 49079 ZIP code.
22% of Paw Paw residents report German ancestry, and 13% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Paw Paw ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Paw Paw was $21,859, compared with $21,587 nationally.
19% of Paw Paw residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
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Median rent in Paw Paw, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $372. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $906.
Libraries in Paw Paw include Paw Paw District Library ... View libraries
Van Buren County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Paw Paw political report.
The average commute time for Paw Paw workers is 22 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
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