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Kalamazoo County, Michigan
Map
Map of Michigan highlighting Kalamazoo County
Location in the state of Michigan
Map of the USA highlighting Michigan
Michigan's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded May 7, 1830
Seat Kalamazoo
Largest City Kalamazoo
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

580 sq mi (1,502 km²)
562 sq mi (1,456 km²)
19 sq mi (49 km²), 3.2%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

250,331
446/sq mi (172/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website: www.kalcounty.com

Kalamazoo County is a county located in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of 2016, the population was 261,654. The county seat is Kalamazoo.

Kalamazoo County is included in the Kalamazoo, Portage, MI Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History

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.

Geography

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.

Geographic features

  • Kalamazoo River
  • Portage River

Adjacent counties

Transportation

Air service

  • The Kalamazoo & Battle Creek Metro Area is served by Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport.

Highways

  • I-94
  • BL I-94
  • US 131

  • BUS US 131
  • M-43
  • M-89
  • M-96
  • [[Template:Infobox road/MI/link CDH|Template:Infobox road/MI/abbrev CDH]]

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 7,380
1850 13,179 78.6%
1860 24,646 87.0%
1870 32,054 30.1%
1880 34,342 7.1%
1890 39,273 14.4%
1900 44,310 12.8%
1910 60,327 36.1%
1920 71,225 18.1%
1930 91,368 28.3%
1940 100,085 9.5%
1950 126,707 26.6%
1960 169,712 33.9%
1970 201,550 18.8%
1980 212,378 5.4%
1990 223,411 5.2%
2000 238,603 6.8%
2010 250,331 4.9%
Est. 2015 260,263 4.0%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 250,331 people residing 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 census of 2000, there were 238,603 people, 93,479 households, and 57,956 families residing 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.

In the county, the population was spread out with 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.

Communities

Cities

Villages

Census-designated places

Other unincorporated communities

Townships


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