Kalamazoo County


The city of Kalamazoo has a vital downtown with a mix of stylishly renovated historic buildings and new structures. It has a balanced mix of green spaces, retail, restaurants, nightclubs, art museum, theater, churches and condo living.

Innovative educational opportunities, extraordinary arts and cultural pursuits, nature’s beauty, an active citizenry and continual community developments with a vital urban core are all hallmarks of Kalamazoo County.

The county boasts more live theater per capita than anywhere else in the state, plus the variety of cultural attractions that you would expect to find in larger metropolitan communities. Live music of all kinds can be found in clubs, outdoor festivals and concert halls. Residents and visitors participate in spectator sports, concerts and plays, festivals and outdoor recreation. Southwest Michigan is beautiful year round. Athletes and outdoor enthusiasts enjoy our four-season climate, parks, lakes, trails and extensive Lake Michigan shoreline.

A major state university, respected liberal arts college and community college add to the vitality of the community. The region benefits from the leadership and influences of Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo College, offering lifelong learning opportunities and business training partnerships. A new medical college and two of the region’s largest hospital systems are based here.

Kalamazoo College campus Western Michigan University School of Medicine