Livability Score

i The AreaVibes Livability Score evaluates 9 different categories and creates an overall score out of 100. The higher the score, the better the area.

amenities C+

There are some amenities close to this location.
Coffee (17) F
Entertainment (22) B
Food and Drink (63) D-
Fitness (2) F
Groceries (8) F
Parks (117) A+
Shops (58) A-
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commute A+

Of all people who commute, 3.0% take public transportation in Kalamazoo.
Public Transit Stops (18)
Stops & Stations
Workers Taking Public Transit
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cost of living A+

The cost of living in Kalamazoo is 86/100 - which is 3% lower than Michigan.
Cost of Living
Goods & Services, Housing, etc.
Tax Rates
Income & Sales Tax
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crime F

Kalamazoo crime rates are 6,018 per 100k, which is 201% higher than Michigan
Property Crime
4,502 crimes per 100k
Violent Crime
1,516 crimes per 100k
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employment D-

The median income in Kalamazoo is $43,222 - which is 15% lower than Michigan.
Med. Household Income
Unemployment Rate
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health A+

There are some hospitals, police and fire stations.
Health & Safety (16)
Dentist, Doctor, Hospital, etc.
Air Quality
Median Air Quality
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housing A+

Kalamazoo home prices are $113,700 - which is 11% lower than Michigan
Home Price
Home Appreciation Rate
Home Affordability
2.6x (home price to income ratio)
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schools C

The Kalamazoo graduation rate is 86% - which is equal to Michigan
School Test Scores
High School Grad. Rates
Elementary Schools (57) A+
High Schools (23) A+
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ratings F

Kalamazoo has an overall rating of 49% from 12 reviews.
User Reviews (2)
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User Surveys (10)
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Kalamazoo Area Facts

  • Kalamazoo has a Livability Score of 76/100, which is considered excellent
  • Kalamazoo crime rates are 201% higher than the Michigan average
  • Cost of living in Kalamazoo is 3% lower than the Michigan average
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kalamazoo what a joke 1 rating By keithandmelissa ( Jun 06, 2017) kalamazoo is nothing like it was before i can not wait to get out of here. the schools are not like they were before they just want to push your child/children through no matter what. the schools says they have a NO bullying tolerance thats a load of BULLS*IT our kids were being ...Read More bullied every single day. they say they have a dress code No they do NOT they let the females wear clothes that show their butt cheeks and boobs and they let the guys were pants and shorts down to the knees. there is so much crime here i hate every time to leave the house because people are killing people here for no reasons. we have homeless and bums here because they choose NOT to work and you cant go down the street without seeing a help wanted sigh no one wants to work here. so much violence.. when we leave kalamazoo we will NOT be coming back. if kalamazoo had a - i would give it a negative 5 parents need to be on top of their kids and raise them right and treat and install values in their children considering they are the future, people come here because we have beer pubs and they cant figure out why there is so much crime here in kalamazoo. we use to be known as the paper mill now kalamazoo is known for breweries crime violence and no one who gives a sh*t about anyone Read Less
Yes, There Really Is A Kalamazoo and It's In Michigan! 3.5 rating By Anonymous ( Jul 28, 2010) I recently spent one week traveling through the southwest region of Michigan and without a doubt my favorite city was Kalamazoo. An assortment of post educational facilities meant there was an abundance of students in the area. I stayed at the beautiful Radisson Plaza Hotel in th ...Read More e heart of downtown. Though it was expensive, its central location and charming views made it worth every penny. It also afforded me the opportunity to walk to some of the local brewpubs in the area. My personal favorite was the Olde Peninsula at 200 W Michigan Ave., a quaint brewpub located near the hotel.

While visiting, I was fortunate enough to catch the bi-annual Kalamazoo Animation Festival International. Local artists promoted Kalamazoo's animation industry while providing some intriguing entertainment. The festival was geared towards supplying information and encouragement for artists interested in animation, a theme I admit was not too exciting for me.

The next day, I decided to check out the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts which had some fascinating art work. It was explained to me that the museum held over 3,000 pieces of art, and I believed it. By the end of the day, my feet were sore from walking all over the museum. Read Less
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C+ Amenities

Are there many local amenities in Kalamazoo? Yes, there are some amenities close to this location.


Axtell Creek Park
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Crane Park
Westnedge Park
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Davis Street Park


Chenery Auditorium
The New Vic Theatre
WMU Esports Arena
State Theatre
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
Waldo Stadium WMU
Epic Center
South Street

Food & Drink

Heilman's Nuts and Confections
Taco Bob's
Burger King
Central City Tap House
Jimmy John's

B Commute

Is public transit available in Kalamazoo? Of all people who commute, 3.0% take public transportation in Kalamazoo.
Drive to Work

1% lower than the US average

Take Public Transit

2% lower than the US average

Walk to Work

4% higher than the US average

A- Health & Safety

Is Kalamazoo a healthy and safe place to live? Yes, there are many hospitals, police and fire stations.


Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital
Bronson Methodist Hospital




Antoniotti Chiropractic
Bronson ProHealth
Parkway Plastic Surgery
Vision Eye Care

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