Kalamazoo, Michigan

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
Skyline of Kalamazoo, Michigan
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 United States
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
CountyKalamazoo
Settled1829
Incorporated (village)1843
Incorporated (city)1884
Government
 • TypeCommission-Manager
 • MayorBobby J. Hopewell
 • Vice MayorDonald Cooney
 • City ManagerJames Ritsema
Area
 • City25.11 sq mi (65.03 km2)
 • Land24.68 sq mi (63.92 km2)
 • Water0.43 sq mi (1.11 km2)
Elevation
784 ft (239 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • City75,807
 • Density3,000/sq mi (1,200/km2)
 • Urban
187,961
 • Metro
335,340
 • CSA
530,672 (US: 85th)
Demonym(s)Kalamazooian
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (Eastern)
ZIP Code
49001, 49003, 49004, 49005, 49006, 49007, 49008, 49009, 49019, 49048
Area code(s)269,616
FIPS code26-42160[1]
GNIS feature ID0629439[2]
Websitewww.kalamazoocity.org

Kalamazoo is a large city in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is the county seat of Kalamazoo County. As of 2017, the city had a total population of 75,807.

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

On May 13, 1980, a F3 tornado tore through Kalamazoo, killing 5 people, injuring 79, and causing $50 million in damage.[3]

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".[4] 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.[5] 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. "1980 Kalamazoo tornado" (in en). Wikipedia. 2018-08-12. https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=1980_Kalamazoo_tornado&oldid=854598845. 
  4. "Kalamazoo in song". The Straight Dope. Retrieved 8 December 2015.
  5. Lyrics, Glenn Miller "I've Got a Gal in Kalamazoo".

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