With the major cities of Detroit and Chicago both 150 miles away, a quieter, out of city life awaits those who make Kalamazoo their home.
The Kalamazoo Metro area has defined and extreme yet enchanting seasons. While summertime brings beach visits at South Haven, long winters of thick snow change the scenery to one of a winter wonderland. During the long days of the summer months, the lake-filled surroundings become a playground for water sports enthusiasts: tubing, fishing, and boating can all be enjoyed in the lake areas while countryside walks and parks spanning approximately 1,300 acres provides outdoorsy types with their days out. Golfers also find their tastes catered to with three courses to choose from. Though if watching sports is more your thing, the area offers many local hockey and soccer teams, with the university playing a big part in that.
Kalamazoo tends to host more niche festivals than other cities, making it a unique place to live or visit. From the Kalamazoo Animation Festival International to the Irving Gilmore International Keyboard Festival you will be sure to learn something new. With most neighborhoods able to provide a lower cost of living and the notable education facilities of Kalamazoo College and Western Michigan University, families and graduates find apartment living in the Kalamazoo Metro appealing.