Kalamazoo, a small city in Michigan, has a population of slightly more than 76,000. Young adults (15-24) should feel right at home, as they account for an above-average percentage of the population, while middle-aged professionals account for a smaller percentage of the city. At an average age of just over 33, the city's residents are notably younger than most cities in Michigan. Renters hold a slight majority over homeowners in Kalamazoo by a slim 55%-45% margin. At $819/month, the average rent is a bit below the state average.
With an average commute time of about 20 minutes, shorter than most cities in Michigan, Kalamazoo residents know that getting to work isn't overly time-consuming. Driving a car or truck is the prevailing way to get to work, chosen by 40% of workers, while public transportation isn't used extensively. Walking (3%) isn't a common means of commuting to work, though the number does exceed the national average.
Workers are spread across a plethora of industries in Kalamazoo. The five most common are education, healthcare, entertainment, manufacturing, and retail. Combined, these industries account for 35% of the city's workforce. Meanwhile, in terms of job function, 5% of the city's population works in sales, making it the top profession in the city. With an average annual income of just over $52,000, Kalamazoo workers take home about $9,000 less than their peers elsewhere in Michigan. Kalamazoo's average income also trails the national average of $73,345. Among residents older than 25 in Kalamazoo, 10% possess a Bachelor's degree and 7% have earned a Master's or Doctoral degree.
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