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Kalamazoo

Kalamazoo is a city in the southwest region of the U.S. state of Michigan. It is the county seat of Kalamazoo County. Kalamazoo is equidistant from the major American cities of Chicago and Detroit, each less than 150 miles away.

Although some discrepancy exists regarding the origin of “Kalamazoo,” a colorful name that often appears in poems and children’s stories. It is almost certainly Native American, and few city names are as memorable. Despite its exotic name, Kalamazoo is a rather plain industrial and commercial center with a bit of a college-town flair thanks to Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo College. Diverse industry and the university give Kalamazoo some employment stability.

Industries include general manufacturing, some of which is auto-industry related, with plastics, pharmaceuticals and pharmaceutical research, and food flavorings businesses added to the mix. Some of these industries have replaced other noted names that started locally but have declined or moved elsewhere, like Gibson guitars and Checker cabs.

Settled 1829

Incorporated (village) 1843

Incorporated (city) 1884


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