Every year thousands of visitors come to Kalamazoo to experience numerous world-class events, festivals, parks, and good old-fashioned hospitality. It's not just a great place to visit; it's a great place to work and to live. With a population of more than 325,000, nearly 76,000 within its city limits, Kalamazoo is the sixth largest metropolitan area in Michigan and among the 150 largest in the country, a perfect combination of big city energy and small town feel.
Located halfway between Detroit and Chicago on I-94, Kalamazoo is an important destination for business, education and cultural events. Kalamazoo provides all the amenities of a big city only minutes away from quiet neighborhoods and more remote countryside or lakeside living. The maximum commute time anywhere in the city is 20 minutes - without the bumper-to-bumper traffic of large metro areas. Kalamazoo is a 40-minute drive from Lake Michigan beaches at South Haven and slightly farther from beaches in St. Joseph and Saugatuck. The best skiing in the midwest is three to four hours north and excellent local skiing is only 30 minutes away. So in Kalamazoo, you're never far from lakes, outdoor recreation areas, or world-class attractions - but you can stay busy close to home as well! Head downtown for quality dining and entertainment, a wide variety of shops, art museums and galleries, and much more! Take in the Air Zoo or Gilmore Car Museum. The summer brings in plenty of festivals, art shows - there's no shortage of activities. And winter won't slow you down...choose from outdoor recreation parks and nearby skiing to take advantage of the snow!
Kalamazoo has been cited as having a 12.8 percent lower cost of living than the national average and has received national recognition for its award-winning hospitals and educational programs. Visit the links below - you will find an amazing number of activities geared toward both singles and families, the arts to sporting events, top-notch educational opportunities in K-12 public and private school systems (including the "Kalamazoo Promise") as well as five colleges offering undergraduate, graduate, and doctorate programs. Kalamazoo is known as a region with many high-tech capabilities for business, and has state-granted status as a "Smart Zone. Kalamazoo was listed among the 29 cities all twentysomethings should pick up and move to on BuzzFeed for reasonable cost of living, employment opportunities and livestyle choices.
you'll want to call it home.
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