Kalamazoo, Michigan

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
City
Kalamazoo.jpg
Nickname(s): The Mall City, K'zoo, K-zoo, The Zoo
Location of Kalamazoo within Kalamazoo County, Michigan
Location of Kalamazoo within Kalamazoo County, Michigan
Kalamazoo, Michigan is located in the US
Kalamazoo, Michigan
Kalamazoo, Michigan
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 42°17′24″N 85°35′09″W / 42.29000°N 85.58583°W / 42.29000; -85.58583Coordinates: 42°17′24″N 85°35′09″W / 42.29000°N 85.58583°W / 42.29000; -85.58583
Country  United States
State  Michigan
County Kalamazoo
Settled 1829
Incorporated (village) 1843
Incorporated (city) 1884
Government
 • Type Commission-Manager
 • Mayor Bobby J. Hopewell
 • Vice Mayor Donald Cooney
 • City Manager James Ritsema
Area
 • 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)
Population (2010)
 • City 74,262
 • Estimate (2016) 75,984
 • Density 3,000/sq mi (1,100/km2)
 • Urban 187,961
 • Metro 335,340
 • CSA 530,672 (US: 85th)
Demonym(s) Kalamazooian
Time zone Eastern (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (UTC-4)
ZIP Code 49001, 49003, 49004, 49005, 49006, 49007, 49008, 49009, 49019, 49048
Area code(s) 269,616
FIPS code 26-42160[1]
GNIS feature ID 0629439[2]
Website www.kalamazoocity.org

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. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Archived from the original on 2012-02-26. 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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