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"Celery City"

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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.


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Median household income
Local
$31,189
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Kalamazoo demographic reports
Kalamazoo is on the Kalamazoo River.
Former and merged names include:
· Bronson
· Kikalamazoo
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
· Derek Jeter, baseball player
· Lindsay Tarpley, Olympic gold medallist (soccer)
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Panera Bread, Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Kalamazoo County Fair - Aug. 6-11, 2007
  • Irish Fest - Sept. 21-22, 2007
  • Greek Festival - May 31-June 3, 2007
  • Black Arts Film Festival - July 25, 2007
  • Russian Festival - Nov. 9-10, 2007
Dates often change. Check Kalamazoo web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra
Nearby parks & recreation: Kal-Haven Trail State Park
Kalamazoo attractions: Kalamazoo Nature Center
Sports teams: Kings (Frontier League baseball), Wings (United Hockey League)
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
Quotes:
Kalamazoo, you ain't in a class by yourself; I seen you before in a lot of places
-- Carl Sandburg
Songs:
· "I Got a Gal in Kalamazoo"

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Kalamazoo demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Kalamazoo 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 49007 ZIP code.

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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.

Education

33% of Kalamazoo residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Housing & real estate

Median rent in Kalamazoo, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $476.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $782.


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Libraries in Kalamazoo include Alma Powell Branch Library, Eastwood Branch Library, Kalamazoo Public Library, Oshtemo Branch Library, Washington Square Branch Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Kalamazoo include Kalamazoo Gazette

TV stations in Kalamazoo include WGVK, WLLA, WWMT.

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WMUK.

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Kalamazoo County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Kalamazoo political report.

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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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DUPLICATE NAMES
Other MI communities named Kalamazoo:
  �Kalamazoo County charter township

MI communities formerly known as Kalamazoo:
  �Saugatuck, Allegan County

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