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

580.18 sq mi (1,503 km²)
561.86 sq mi (1,455 km²)
18.32 sq mi (47 km²), 3.16%
 - (2000)
 - Density

425/sq mi (164/km²)

Kalamazoo County is a county in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the population was 238,603. The county seat is Kalamazoo[1]. It is part of the Kalamazoo-Portage Metropolitan Area.


See, Etymology of Kalamazoo for detail on the origin of the name. See also, List of Michigan county name etymologies.


According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 580.18 square miles (1,502.7 km2), of which 561.86 square miles (1,455.2 km2) (or 96.84%) is land and 18.32 square miles (47.4 km2) (or 3.16%) is water.[2]

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Historical populations
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%
Est. 2005 240,720 0.9%

As of the census[3] 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.

Government Edit

The county government operates the jail, provides law enforcement in unincorporated areas, maintains rural roads, operates the major local courts, keeps files of deeds and mortgages, maintains vital records, administers public health regulations, and participates with the state in the provision of welfare and other social services. The county board of commissioners controls the budget but has only limited authority to make laws or ordinances. In Michigan, most local government functions — fire, building and zoning, tax assessment, street maintenance, etc. — are the responsibility of individual cities and townships.

Kalamazoo County elected officials Edit

(information as of December 2010)

Cities, villages, and townships Edit


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  2. ^ "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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Coordinates: 42°14′N 85°32′W / 42.24, -85.53

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