Kalamazoo County, Michigan facts for kids
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Kalamazoo County Courthouse
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|Founded||May 7, 1830|
|• Total||580 sq mi (1,500 km2)|
|• Land||562 sq mi (1,460 km2)|
|• Water||19 sq mi (50 km2) 3.2%%|
|• Density||446/sq mi (172/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (Eastern)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
Kalamazoo County is a county located in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of 2020[update], the population was 261,670. The county seat is Kalamazoo.
Kalamazoo County is included in the Kalamazoo–Portage, MI Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Kalamazoo County was organized in 1830, although its set off date is unknown. The village of Kalamazoo (then known as Bronson) was made the county seat in 1831.
The name purportedly means "the mirage or reflecting river" and the original Indian name was "Kikalamazoo". See, Etymology of Kalamazoo for detail on the origin of the name. See also, List of Michigan county name etymologies.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 580 square miles (1,500 km2), of which 562 square miles (1,460 km2) is land and 19 square miles (49 km2) (3.2%) is water.
- Barry County - northeast
- Allegan County - northwest
- Calhoun County - east
- Van Buren County - west
- Branch County - southeast
- St. Joseph County - south
- Cass County - southwest
- The Kalamazoo & Battle Creek Metro Area is served by Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport.
- I-94 runs east–west through center of county, passing three miles (4.8 km) south of Kalamazoo.
- BS I-94 runs from the far eastern side of Kalamazoo to an intersection with I-94 3.5 miles (5.6 km) southeast of Kalamazoo.
- US 131 runs north–south through the west-central part of the county.
Bus. US 131 connects northern Kalamazoo to US 131.
- M-43 enters western side of the county 8.7 miles (14.0 km) south of the northwestern county corner. It runs eastward through Oshtemo Township and turns north at U.S. 131.
- M-89 enters the county near the midpoint of the northern county line. It runs southeasterly to and intersection with M-43 north of Richland and then runs eastward from Richland, exiting the county 3.4 miles (5.5 km) south of the northeastern county corner.
- M-96 starts on the far eastern side of Kalamazoo and runs eastward to Augusta before exiting the county 5.9 miles (9.5 km) south of the northeastern corner of the county.
- M-343 starts on the northeast side of Kalamazoo and runs along Gull Road to Richland.
|U.S. Decennial Census
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 250,331 people living in the county. 80.1% were non-Hispanic White, 11.1% Black or African American, 2.2% Asian, 0.5% Native American, and 3.0% of two or more races. 4.0% were Hispanic or Latino (of any race).
As of the 2000 United States Census, there were 238,603 people, 93,479 households, and 57,956 families living in the county. The population density was 425 people per square mile (164/km2). There were 99,250 housing units at an average density of 177 per square mile (68/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 84.57% White, 9.73% Black or African American, 0.41% Native American, 1.83% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.27% from other races, and 2.15% from two or more races. 2.64% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 18.3% were of German, 11.5% Dutch, 10.3% English, 8.4% Irish and 7.2% American ancestry according to Census 2000. 93.7% spoke English and 2.8% Spanish as their first language.
There were 93,479 households, out of which 30.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.70% were married couples living together, 11.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.00% were non-families. 28.00% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 3.00.
The county population contained 24.10% under the age of 18, 15.20% from 18 to 24, 28.20% from 25 to 44, 21.10% from 45 to 64, and 11.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.50 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $42,022, and the median income for a family was $53,953. Males had a median income of $39,611 versus $27,965 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,739. About 6.50% of families and 12.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.30% of those under age 18 and 6.30% of those age 65 or over.
Other unincorporated communities
- Alamo Township
- Brady Township
- Charleston Township
- Climax Township
- Comstock Charter Township
- Cooper Charter Township
- Kalamazoo Charter Township
- Oshtemo Charter Township
- Pavilion Township
- Prairie Ronde Township
- Richland Township
- Ross Township
- Schoolcraft Township
- Texas Charter Township
- Wakeshma Township
- In Spanish: Condado de Kalamazoo