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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.

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Quick Facts About Kalamazoo

    The unemployment rate in Kalamazoo is 4.90 percent(U.S. avg. is 5.20%). Recent job growth is Positive. Kalamazoo jobs have Increased by 2.58 percent.
    Compared to the rest of the country, Kalamazoo's cost of living is 21.60% Lower than the U.S. average.
    As of 2014, Kalamazoo's population is 76,041 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of -5.28 percent.
    Average Commute time is 28 minutes. The National Average is 26 minutes.
    The median home cost in Kalamazoo is $84,400. Home appreciation the last year has been -13.54 percent.
    Kalamazoo public schools spend $12,573 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,383. There are about 17.2 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)
K'zoo has my heart always
For its size, Kalamazoo is fairly rich in the arts. While I lived there, I was active in the local scene and used to attend shows several times a week---jazz, classical,... (read more)
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