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Living in Kalamazoo, Michigan:
Tips for Moving and Visiting

eight local experts

If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit Kalamazoo, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked eight people living in Kalamazoo what someone who is considering moving to or visiting there should know. Here are their pros and cons, tips, and advice:

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8 comments on “Kalamazoo”

Know that crime has increased way beyond the size of the city. Housing costs too.

Beautiful spring, summer and fall but winters often quite cold. Small city with university and good shopping and dining and excellent recreational opportunities nearby. Excellent connections to larger cities.

Michael, says: 2022

Kalamazoo is the home to WMU and a ton of microbreweries. Brewpubs are a staple in this town. We have a strong sense of community. Kalamazoo is just a short drive away from South Haven which is on Lake Michigan. This is a beautiful area.

Properly choosing the correct location within or around the city is an important task. There are several diverse socioeconomic areas to choose from with home prices reflecting them. Working with a realtor that knows the area is a must as by outside appearances, the majority of homes are well kept.

Ileana, says: 2020

While Kalamazoo may not have the exciting day-to-day lifestyle afforded by larger municipalities, the city is perfect for those who prefer a quiet, family-friendly, suburban area. Kalamazoo’s educational system is unique; all of its K-12 education programs are part of the Kalamazoo Promise, a program that offers full tuition coverage for any Kalamazoo Public Schools graduate attending an in-state university. Another attraction is the city’s downtown, which bustles with an abundance of small businesses and frequent community events, such as the annual Kalamazoo Pride parade. I can confidently say that I plan on living here for years to come.

Kalamazoo has numerous local craft beers available on draft, and many wonderful family-owned restaurants and food trucks. Kalamazoo has many nature preserves and walking trails and a world-class aviation museum. Kalamazoo is home to three colleges including two universities. Kalamazoo is not far from Lake Michigan so a day trip to the beach is common.

Kambriann, says: 2020

Kalamazoo is a small city with numerous hiking trails that wind through the bountiful woods that cover the land. There are over 100 lakes in Kalamazoo County, so people who love the outdoors will appreciate Kalamazoo’s abundant nature. Autumn in Kalamazoo is gorgeous, although fleeting, with trees of vibrant reds, oranges, and yellows. It is a wonderful place: you can get to Chicago by train or Detroit by car in just over two hours, so it offers all the comforts of a small town with easy access to the excitement of a large city.

Lauren, says: 2020

Kalamazoo is a wonderous city. It has been ranked as one of the safest and most family-friendly cities in Michigan. I find that Kalamazoo offers the best balance between the city and suburban lifestyles; we have a gorgeous downtown and the residential neighborhoods are a pleasure.

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