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Uncompromising Lifestyle, Purpose and Fun

Kalamazoo, Michigan has garnered recognition as one of the most affordable cities in the nation and one of the Top 100 Best Places to Live in 2022. Kalamazoo and its surrounding areas offer a high quality of life and a low cost of living that is unsurpassed. With vibrant, artistic communities, numerous family-friendly museums, and 83 public access lakes — with Lake Michigan just a short drive away —  this southwestern Michigan region is a place of endless entertainment options. Additionally, the Kalamazoo region is a hub for the healthcare and life science industries, with prominent employers like Pfizer and Stryker driving employment opportunities in the area and galvanizing developments that impact the world. The area is also home to several higher education institutions including Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo College that partner with regional companies and foster a culture of intellectual growth and career progression.

Working and living in the Kalamazoo area provides the best of worlds — the opportunity to have a meaningful career with an innovative company without the drawbacks of traffic congestion, long commutes or unaffordable housing. In Kalamazoo and Southwest Michigan, you can have it all.

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Whether you’re skilled in advanced manufacturing, a healthcare professional, a life sciences or medical device researcher, major employers like Pfizer, Stryker, Abbott and Bosch are all here and ready to put your talents to use developing groundbreaking products that will be used around the world. The region is also home to top companies including Whirlpool, Kellogg, and Landscape Forms, to name a few. Regardless of your interest and skills, the Kalamazoo region has innovative careers opportunities waiting for you.

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Affordable Living Halfway Between Chicago and Detroit

Located 136 miles west of Detroit, the Kalamazoo region encompasses several distinct areas including Battle Creek, Coldwater, Marshall, Portage and more — each offering affordable living and a family-friendly environment with highly rated K-12 education systems. Additionally, graduating Kalamazoo Public School students benefit from the Kalamazoo Promise, a scholarship program that covers tuition costs at over 60 higher learning institutions across the state. Also recently announced is the Bearcat Advantage — a new scholarship available to eligible Battle Creek Public School graduates that covers up to 100% of college tuition and mandatory fees starting with the graduating class of 2023.

Kalamazoo is also home to nationally recognized healthcare systems that provide top-notch medical services and three colleges and universities that foster a culture of intellectual growth and career progressions. The city is also well connected to the rest of the world through Battle Creek International Airport, located just minutes south of Kalamazoo in Portage.

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Even More Fun than the City Name

Through out the Kalamazoo region you will find bustling downtowns with walkable streets, boutique shops and Art Deco architecture, as well as beach and rural experiences filled with invigorating trails and rafting waterways. With four distinct seasons, the region provides year-round entertainment, from horseback riding to water sports like kayaking, kite surfing and stand-up paddling, to skiing and tobogganing in the winter.

Families can also enjoy interactive experiences at the hands-on Kalamazoo Valley Museum and Air Zoo, or immerse themselves in creativity at the Kalamazoo Institute for the Arts — which attracts over 100,000 visitors a year. The city’s walkable downtown is perfect for a exploring a variety of breweries (including well known Bell’s Brewery), wineries and distilleries, or adding a touch of history to your culinary experience at esteemed local establishments and coffee shops.

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