Living in Kalamazoo

is a great place to work and to live.

  • It was recently named one of the top 10 Most Affordable Cities with High Salaries and Low Cost of Living in the Midwest by and ranked the with the lowest cost of living.
  • Kalamazoo made the list of 150 Best Places to Live in the U.S. in 2024-25 .
  • The Kalamazoo-Portage community is ranked as 聽"arts-vibrant communities" in the U.S. by the National Center for Arts Research.
  • The Kalamazoo-Portage Metro ranked as the lowest cost of living in the country in the first quarter of 2022, according to the Cost of Living Index (COLI).
  • Good news for college graduates - according to a survey, the Kalamazoo-Portage area ranked third on the list of top cities for college graduates.
  • It's the home of the that guarantees college tuition to graduates of the Kalamazoo Public Schools, the largest program of its kind anywhere.
  • It's a major international pharmaceutical and life sciences center; it's the original home of the Upjohn Co., Stryker Corp, Gibson Guitars, Checker Motors and Bell's Brewery, among many others; the Kalamazoo Gazette is the second oldest newspaper in Michigan; and a century ago, Kalamazoo was so famous for one crop, it was known throughout the country as the Celery City.
  • Abraham Lincoln spoke in the village of Kalamazoo in 1856, four years before he was elected president, his only public address in Michigan.

Kalamazoo is midway between Chicago and Detroit on I-94 and offers commercial transportation by train, bus and major airline at the .

Kalamazoo is a 40-minute drive from Lake Michigan beaches at and slightly farther from beaches at St.聽Joseph and Saugatuck.

Michigan's ski country, considered the best skiing in the Midwest, is three to four hours north, and excellent local skiing is only 30聽minutes away.

Originally a railroad line connecting Kalamazoo and South Haven, the 33-mile Kal-Haven Trail is popular for bicycle riding, hiking and cross country skiing. In 2008, the eastern end of the trail was extended into Kalamazoo as part of the When completed, the two trails will create a 70-mile bike path from South Haven to Battle Creek.

Day or weekend trips by train to Chicago, the nation's third largest city, are popular and even more convenient with the continuing development of high-speed rail connecting the two cities.

With a population of more than 325,000, Kalamazoo is the sixth largest metropolitan area in Michigan and among the 150 largest in the country. It's large enough to support all the amenities and entertainment found in larger cities; and yet, you can be in the heart of farm country in 20聽minutes, and Kalamazoo supports a thriving downtown May through November. is a vibrant, exciting place to be!

Local festivals,聽featuring live music, arts and crafts, food and drinks -- many of which are held at downtown -- attract crowds in the tens of thousands. The held annually on the first weekend in June, is the second oldest community art fair in America and attracts 60,000 visitors over two days.

the historic State Theater and a variety of local clubs offer a complete array of concerts featuring every kind of music and popular entertainment. Kalamazoo is a frequent stop for many of today's top comedians, musicians and other entertainers.

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