|Nickname(s): The Mall City, K'zoo, K-zoo, The Zoo|
Location of Kalamazoo within Kalamazoo County, Michigan
|• Mayor||Bobby J. Hopewell|
|• Vice Mayor||Donald Cooney|
|• City Manager||James Ritsema|
|• City||25.11 sq mi (65.03 km2)|
|• Land||24.68 sq mi (63.92 km2)|
|• Water||0.43 sq mi (1.11 km2)|
|Elevation||784 ft (239 m)|
|• Estimate (2016)||75,984|
|• Density||3,000/sq mi (1,100/km2)|
|• CSA||530,672 (US: 85th)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (Eastern)|
|ZIP Code||49001, 49003, 49004, 49005, 49006, 49007, 49008, 49009, 49019, 49048|
|GNIS feature ID||0629439|
On May 13, 1980, a F3 tornado tore through Kalamazoo, killing 5 people, injuring 79, and causing $50 million in damage.
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". 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. 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]
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Archived from the original on 2012-02-26. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "Kalamazoo in song". The Straight Dope. Retrieved 8 December 2015.
- Lyrics, Glenn Miller "I've Got a Gal in Kalamazoo".
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