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Kalamazoo County, Michigan
Map of Michigan highlighting Kalamazoo County
Location in the state of Michigan
Map of the U.S. highlighting Michigan
Michigan's location in the U.S.
Founded May 7, 1830
Seat Kalamazoo
Area
 - 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%
Population
 - (2020)
 - Density

261,670
425/sq mi (164/km²)
Website www.kalcounty.com

Kalamazoo County is a county in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2020 census, the population was 261,670. The county seat is Kalamazoo[1]. It is part of the Kalamazoo-Portage Metropolitan Area.

History[]

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

Geography[]

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]

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[]

Interstates[]

  • I-94.svg I-94
  • Business Loop 94.svg I-94 Business Loop

US highways[]

  • US 131.svg US-131
  •  Business plate.svg
    US 131.svg BUS US 131

Michigan State Trunklines[]

  • M-43.svg M-43
  • M-89.svg M-89
  • M-96.svg M-96

Intercounty Highways[]

  • Kalamazoo County A-45.svg A-45

Demographics[]

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%
2010 250,331 4.9%

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[]

Kalamazoo County was a bastion of the Republican Party following the Civil War. From 1884 until 1988, voters selected the Republican Party nominee all but three times–in 1912, 1936 and 1964. However, since 1992 the county has voted Democratic in national elections (through 2020). It swung particularly heavily to the Democrats after 2008, following the trend in most urban counties across the country.

United States presidential election results for Kalamazoo County, Michigan[4]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 56,823 39.53% 83,686 58.22% 3,237 2.25%
2016 51,034 40.41% 67,148 53.17% 8,117 6.43%
2012 52,662 42.58% 69,051 55.83% 1,977 1.60%
2008 51,554 39.34% 77,051 58.79% 2,456 1.87%
2004 57,147 47.71% 61,462 51.31% 1,174 0.98%
2000 48,254 47.94% 48,807 48.49% 3,595 3.57%
1996 40,703 43.70% 45,644 49.01% 6,788 7.29%
1992 38,035 36.62% 43,568 41.95% 22,255 21.43%
1988 50,205 55.64% 39,457 43.73% 573 0.64%
1984 58,327 63.82% 32,460 35.52% 601 0.66%
1980 48,669 50.90% 34,528 36.11% 12,420 12.99%
1976 51,462 59.09% 33,411 38.37% 2,212 2.54%
1972 50,405 58.77% 33,324 38.85% 2,041 2.38%
1968 39,796 53.90% 26,437 35.81% 7,599 10.29%
1964 27,100 39.79% 40,789 59.89% 215 0.32%
1960 42,800 63.47% 24,286 36.01% 348 0.52%
1956 43,305 70.49% 17,808 28.99% 320 0.52%
1952 38,847 66.76% 18,967 32.60% 371 0.64%
1948 23,799 57.32% 16,393 39.49% 1,325 3.19%
1944 24,974 59.96% 16,223 38.95% 457 1.10%
1940 25,596 58.68% 17,733 40.65% 293 0.67%
1936 17,824 47.68% 17,870 47.81% 1,686 4.51%
1932 18,584 55.01% 13,974 41.36% 1,227 3.63%
1928 23,626 79.20% 5,946 19.93% 258 0.86%
1924 18,451 75.31% 3,587 14.64% 2,462 10.05%
1920 13,765 67.53% 5,271 25.86% 1,348 6.61%
1916 5,951 41.99% 7,164 50.55% 1,058 7.46%
1912 2,642 21.47% 3,660 29.74% 6,006 48.80%
1908 6,511 54.63% 4,477 37.57% 930 7.80%
1904 7,163 62.34% 3,264 28.40% 1,064 9.26%
1900 6,010 53.62% 4,707 41.99% 492 4.39%
1896 5,891 51.16% 5,434 47.19% 190 1.65%
1892 4,968 50.56% 4,018 40.90% 839 8.54%
1888 5,437 54.66% 3,950 39.71% 560 5.63%
1884 4,515 51.78% 3,750 43.00% 455 5.22%



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.

Elected officials[]

  • Prosecuting Attorney: Jeffrey S. Getting (Democrat)
  • Sheriff: Richard Fuller (Democrat)
  • County Clerk/Register of Deeds: Meredith Place (Democrat)
  • County Treasurer: Thomas Whitener (Democrat)
  • Drain Commissioner: Jason Wiersma (Democrat)
  • County Surveyor: Gary D. Hahn (Republican)
  • County Commission or Board of Commissioners: 11 members, elected from districts (7 Democrats, 4 Republicans)
  • Circuit Court: 7 judges (all non-partisan)

Cities, villages, and townships[]

Cities

Villages

  • Augusta
  • Climax
  • Richland
  • Schoolcraft
  • Vicksburg

Unincorporated

  • Comstock Northwest
  • Eastwood
  • Greater Galesburg
  • South Gull Lake
  • Westwood


Townships

  • Alamo Township
  • Brady Township
  • Charleston Township
  • Climax Township
  • Comstock Charter Township
  • Cooper Charter Township
  • Kalamazoo Charter Township
  • Oshtemo Charter Township
  • Pavilion Township
  • Prairie Ronde Township
  • Richland Township
  • Ross Township
  • Schoolcraft Township
  • Texas Charter Township
  • Wakeshma Township


See also[]

  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Kalamazoo County, Michigan


References[]

External links[]

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


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