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What Bert Has To Say About Kalamazoo-Portage Metro Area

Although some discrepancy exists regarding the origin of “Kalamazoo,” a colorful name that often appears in poems and children’s stories. It is almost certainly Native American, and few city names are as memorable. Despite its exotic name, Kalamazoo is a rather plain industrial and commercial center with a bit of a college-town flair thanks to Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo College. Diverse industry and the university give Kalamazoo some employment stability.


Quick Facts About Kalamazoo

    The unemployment rate in Kalamazoo is 7.80 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Kalamazoo jobs have Increased by 2.82 percent.
    Compared to the rest of the country, Kalamazoo's cost of living is 18.80% Lower than the U.S. average.
    As of 2014, Kalamazoo's population is 74,494 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of -3.37 percent.
    Average Commute time is 18 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.
    The median home cost in Kalamazoo is $90,600. Home appreciation the last year has been 3.80 percent.
    Kalamazoo public schools spend $13,089 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 16.8 students per teacher in Kalamazoo.

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College Town... not much else
Kalamazoo is a trap. The only thing that has kept me here so long is family and free college. I don't want to sound like I'm taking that for granted - free tuition is... (read more)
Kalamazoo Facing Challenges, but Gets a Bad Rap
I have lived in Kalamazoo for most of my life. I went to school and college here. I have lived in Great Britain and travelled throughout the country, and I have found... (read more)
re: Kalamazoo Promise...I promise never to return
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