Kalamazoo, Michigan

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
Nickname(s): The Mall City, K-zoo, The zoo, 2-6-9
Location of Kalamazoo within Kalamazoo County, Michigan
Location of Kalamazoo within Kalamazoo County, Michigan
Coordinates: Coordinates: 42°17′24″N 85°35′24″W / 42.29000°N 85.59000°W / 42.29000; -85.59000
Country United States
State Michigan
County Kalamazoo
Settled 1829
Incorporation 1883
 • Type Council-Manager
 • Mayor Bobby J. Hopewell
 • City Manager Kenneth P. Collard
 • City 25.2 sq mi (65.2 km2)
 • Land 24.7 sq mi (63.9 km2)
 • Water 0.5 sq mi (1.3 km2)
Elevation 784 ft (239 m)
Population (2000)
 • City 77,145
 • Density 3,125.8/sq mi (1,206.9/km2)
 • Urban 187,961
 • Metro 319,348
Time zone Eastern (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (UTC-4)
Area code(s) 269
FIPS code 26-42160[1]
GNIS feature ID 0629439[2]
Website www.ci.kalamazoo.mi.us

Kalamazoo is a large city in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is the county seat of Kalamazoo County. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 77,145.

Kalamazoo is home to Western Michigan University, Haworth College of Business, and Kalamazoo College.

In popular culture[change | change source]

Kalamazoo's name is used in song titles or lyrics to popular songs, because the way it sounds makes it a "great word for a lyric".[3] Probably the best known was (I've Got a Gal In) Kalamazoo" by the Glenn Miller band with Tex Beneke. This #1 popular song was written by Mack Gordon and Harry Warren. It was performed by the band playing the part of the Glenn Miller Orchestra in the 1942 movie Orchestra Wives.[4] This was nominated: Best Music, Original Song in Academy Awards, Harry Warren (music), Mack Gordon (lyrics).

Sister cities[change | change source]

The city of Kalamazoo, Michigan has three sister cities.

References[change | change source]

  1. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. "Kalamazoo in song". The Straight Dope. Retrieved 8 December 2015. 
  4. Lyrics, Glenn Miller "I've Got a Gal in Kalamazoo".

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