Kalamazoo is a city in Southwestern Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 77,145, with a metropolitan area of 452,851, which includes neighboring Battle Creek. It is the county seat of Kalamazoo County.

The city has a strong higher education presence, being home to Western Michigan University (with 25,000 students), Kalamazoo College (a private, liberal arts institution), and Kalamazoo Valley Community College.

Because of the first downtown pedestrian mall in America, Kalamazoo got the nickname the "Mall City" In 1959"

Get in

By plane

Kalamazoo and the surrounding area are served by the Kalamazoo-Battle Creek International Airport, which offers multiple daily flights to Chicago (on American Eagle) and Detroit (on Delta Connection). Delta also offers two daily flights to and from Minneapolis during the summer.

By car

Kalamazoo lies on Interstate 94 roughly mid-way between Chicago and Detroit. US Highway 131 connects the city with Grand Rapids and resort areas further north.

By train

Amtrak offers service to Chicago and Ann Arbor/Detroit several times daily on the Wolverine Service as well as to East Lansing, Flint, and Port Huron on the Blue Water Service.

By bus

The downtown train station also acts as a bus station. Major destinations include Grand Rapids, Chicago and Detroit.

Get around

Metro Transit provides bus service throughout Kalamazoo and its neighboring towns. However, service can be infrequent, and does not operate on Sundays. As of February 2013, the cash fare on the bus is $1.50 for adults and $0.75 for children.



Kalamazoo is full of great events, featuring everything from Hot Rods to Pianos . Discover Kalamazoo has a fairly comprehensive list of annual happenings, but don't miss Super Saturday in June, New Year's Fest or the USTA Boys National Championship in August.

For a small city, Kalamazoo also offers an interesting and walkable Downtown , with one-of-a-kind shops, restaurants and the free Kalamazoo Valley Museum .

Nearby, you will find the Kalamazoo Air Zoo , Binder Park Zoo , and the Gilmore Car Museum .





Stay safe

Generally safe, Kalamazoo has some crime, mostly in the north- and eastside sections of town. Downtown could also be dangerous after dark, stay in a group and be aware.

Go next

The Lake Michigan resort towns of South Haven and Saugatuck-Douglas are about an hour west of Kalamazoo. Gull Lake (NE) and Gun Lake (North) are clear, spring-fed lakes of over 1000 acres each. Each offers boating and water-sports opportunities. Gull Lake has sailboat races on weekends.

Routes through Kalamazoo

Chicago Niles  W  E  Battle Creek Port Huron
Chicago Niles  W  E  Battle Creek Detroit
Michigan City Coloma  W  E  Battle Creek Ann Arbor
Grand Rapids Wyoming  N  S  Ends at
END South Haven  W  E  Lansing Webberville

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