Kalamazoo is a welcoming Midwest town that boasts a big-city feel halfway between Chicago and Detroit. Here are a few fun facts about the city we love:
- The city is located precisely at 42.2917° N, 85.5872° W, with a population of 76,545.
- Founded in 1831 by Titus Bronson.
- Kalamazoo is the home of the Kalamazoo Promise and the community is a major international pharmaceutical and life sciences center, and the original home of the Upjohn Co., Stryker Corp, Gibson Guitars, and Checker Motors.
- You're just a 40-minute drive away from Lake Michigan and there are ample opportunities for outdoor fun, not to mention a bustling craft beer scene and exciting nightlife.
For more information, check out our Living in Kalamazoo page.
Why We Love Kalamazoo
Take a look at all of the reasons why our faculty, staff, and residents (current and alumni), are happy to call Kalamazoo home.
- Dr. Muhamid Asif, Class of 2022
Hiking, biking, nature
Low cost of living
No traffic! But everything you would have in a big city.
- Dr. Rohit Chopra, Class of 2020
"My wife and I loved Kalamazoo during our experience here and already sorely miss it. We grew fond of the Midwest charm and there is no shortage of trails and nature both surrounding and within the area. There was NO traffic, and if for whatever reason we want to head to a major city, Kalamazoo sits halfway between Detroit and Chicago. Kalamazoo is truly a unique city and if anyone wants to know the secret spots for foodies, give us a ring (this is coming from Californians)."
- Dr. Wesley Eichorn, Assistant Professor
"The ability to be out in a rural community while being close to amenities typically found in large cities."
- Aisha Honorable, Administrative Assistant
"I enjoy Kalamazoo because I have lived here for 5 years and even this week I have found new places to see and things to do."
- Dr. Susan Jevert-Eichorn, Assistant Professor
"I’ve said this often, but Kalamazoo is the perfect place to live. My family lives 15 minutes out from downtown and are rural enough to have chickens and live behind a corn field, but also have a neighborhood for our kids to play in and be within 20 minutes of most major stores with almost no traffic and a lower cost of living."
- Dr. Rebecca Kaminski, Class of 2021
"Kalamazoo is nice because it is not too far from Lake Michigan which provides a ton of fun. There's all sorts of outdoor activities available in the area as well. It's nice that it's close to Grand Rapids if you want a few more entertainment options and ultimately it is pretty close to Chicago as well."
- Dr. Joshua Knudson, Class of 2021
"Everyone does things outdoors regardless of the weather. Kayak trips, lake trips, snowboarding, etc. There’s always something to do."
- Dr. Brandon Manderle, Class of 2022
"Kalamazoo is the perfect size city for me and my family. It has all the basic amenities and more; while still being a smaller city with great surrounding suburbs and a short commute to work. Plus, it's close to several big cities including Chicago, Grand Rapids; and close to the lake so it's a quick trip to the beach!"
- Dr. Michael Mattia, Class of 2022
"Kalamazoo is big enough to have everything I need here in town, and small enough to still have a local identity and feel.
- Dr. Lauren Piper, Assistant Professor
"I have lived in Michigan my whole life and love the four seasons. Kalamazoo is a great college town with a variety of restaurants and bars, craft breweries, and theaters, and it is easy to travel to Detroit, Chicago, and Ann Arbor."
- Dr. Megan Potilechio, Class of 2020
"Great place to raise a family. Very affordable, no traffic, great breweries, plenty of things to do. Close to Chicago and Detroit if you need a big city. We’ve made great friends and absolutely love living here."
- Dr. Steven Pollens, Assistant Professor
"Kalamazoo is small enough to connect easily with people but big enough to have lots of interesting cultural events. There is good access to nature and great public schools."
- Megan Rhodes, Administrative Assistant
”I love being less than an hour away from one of the largest fresh water lakes and some amazing beaches!”
- Sarah Thompson, Program Coordinator
”I love Kalamazoo because it retains its small town charm while still offering most all of the things that Grand Rapids, Detroit, and Chicago have without the big city atmosphere.”
- Dr. Kristi VanDerKolk, Assistant Professor
"I love Michigan! Kalamazoo offers easy access to water and nature and having two colleges in town means cultural events like concerts and theater performances are always happening!"