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Kalamazoo, Michigan

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Kalamazoo (/ˌkæləməˈz/ KAL-ə-mə-ZOO) is a city in the southwest region of the U.S. state of Michigan. It is the county seat of Kalamazoo County. At the 2010 census, Kalamazoo had a population of 74,262. Kalamazoo is the major city of the Kalamazoo-Portage Metropolitan Statistical Area, which had a population of 335,340 in 2015.[6] Kalamazoo is equidistant from Chicago and Detroit, being about 140 miles (230 km) away from both.

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
Flag of Kalamazoo, Michigan
Official seal of Kalamazoo, Michigan
Official logo of Kalamazoo, Michigan
The Mall City, 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
CountryUnited States
Incorporated (village)1843
Incorporated (city)1884
  MayorDavid Anderson (D) [1]
  Vice MayorPatrese Griffin
  City ManagerJames Ritsema
  City25.14 sq mi (65.12 km2)
  Land24.69 sq mi (63.96 km2)
  Water0.45 sq mi (1.16 km2)
784 ft (239 m)
  Density2,980.52/sq mi (1,150.77/km2)
204,562 (US: 189th)[3]
261,108 (US: 189th)
500,670 (US: 89th)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern)
  Summer (DST)UTC−4 (Eastern)
ZIP Code
49001, 49003, 49004, 49005, 49006, 49007, 49008, 49009, 49019, 49048
Area code269
FIPS code26-42160[4]
GNIS feature ID0629439[5]

One of Kalamazoo's most notable features is the Kalamazoo Mall, an outdoor pedestrian shopping mall. The city created the mall in 1959 by closing part of Burdick Street to auto traffic, although two of the mall's four blocks have been reopened to auto traffic since 1999.[7][8] Kalamazoo is home to Western Michigan University, a large public university, Kalamazoo College, a private liberal arts college, and Kalamazoo Valley Community College, a two-year community college.