Retire in Kalamazoo, MI

Livability Score
51
** The AARP Livability Index scores neighborhoods and communities across the U.S. for the services and amenities that impact your life the most.
Total Population
22216
Median Househould Income
40784
Median Age
34.2
65 Years and Over
2936
Median Home Value
98000
Unemployed
1440
** 2014 US census data
Restaurants
1. One Well Brewing

What a great place! Beer and food was amazing! We had ribs, quesadilla and a sandwich. It was fresh, great ingredients and tasty! Beer was flawless....

2. Ray Ray's Italian Beef & Sausage

OMG!! The Italian beef is to die for. This place is awesome. It's really tiny but the people are amazing great spot. I will definitely be going back.

3. Shawarma King

Best food value in Kalamazoo. I find myself pining for Shawarma King almost every day. Not even kidding. Favs are Shish Tawook Sandwich Chicken...

4. Studio Grill

I'm trying not to write in hyperbole, but seriously their Kirby Burger may be the best burger I've ever had. Juicy & tender, lots of meat, delicious...

5. Martini's Pizza

We had a great impromptu dinner here. We started with the Beet and Potato appetizer, it included an Arugula salad and was delightful. For our meals we...

Golf
1. Red Arrow Golf Course

As a beginner, I can attest that this is an excellent starter course. I love how inexpensive it is too! It's a short 9 hole course with a merchandise store...

2. Milham Park Golf Course

Course-wise, it's a challenging course that is fun to play. The greens can be a little bumpy, but that's mostly because this is Kalamazoo's most...

3. Grand Prairie Golf Course

I really like this course for a few reasons. #1 my husband really likes golf but I'm not as enthused so I only enjoy 9 holes before I start getting restless...

4. Ridgeview Golf Course

This is a nice course, well maintained, and pretty good for beginners. Which is what I am :) Been here twice and always able to move around easily with...

5. Bobick's Discount Golf Center

This place is close to home and has good prices for the driving range (and they always have coupons in the local community saver magazine). The inside of...

Active
1. Down Dog Yoga Center

Found this studio while unexpectedly in Kalamazoo for 2 weeks. Went to several classes everyday and all were fantastic. Beautiful space, great teachers and...

2. Kalamazoo Nature Center

There aren't enough words to write that describes my love of the KNC! We purchased a family membership and have loved every minute of it. By going as a...

3. Golf Services

I have driven by this place a million times and not realized what a nice spot it is. My first visit here was to take my daughter to a golf camp. The camp...

4. Kalamazoo Strength & Conditioning

Kalamazoo Strength and Conditioning aka CrossFit 269 and Zoo City Barbell has been a blessing in my life for the past 3 years. Before we found this place,...

5. Bounceland

This place is great for a birthday party. And that's just what we did yesterday. This place is located in a warehouse district. It is easy to find and clean...

Arts
1. Air Zoo

Spectacular museum! Our sons are huge plane buffs, and we could not get over how great this place is. We've been told to come here by so many and I am a...

2. Kalamazoo Valley Museum

I can't believe this museum is free of charge! This museum is probably one of the best museums I have ever been to with my kids. There is so much hands-on...

3. Kalamazoo State Theatre

Mr. MVP and I have been to the State Theatre three times for comedy shows - Mike Birbiglia, Paula Poundstone and Lewis Black. We like the State Theatre...

4. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema - Kalamazoo

This is our family's favorite theater to go to! The cost of the tickets are very reasonable & you can pick which seats you want. We LOVE that you can order...

5. Kalamazoo Nature Center

There aren't enough words to write that describes my love of the KNC! We purchased a family membership and have loved every minute of it. By going as a...

Shopping
1. Bookbug

I just adore this bookshop. We live in a world full of tablets and downloadable reading material but I don't think I'll ever fully convert over to...

2. Bell's General Store

I just entered in home brewing and this place has been absolutely fantastic with helping me get started. They have everything someone needs to get started...

3. Fanfare Sports & Entertainment

It's so nice to be able to come into this store, have no idea what I'm talking about when it comes to anything related to what is in the store, have to buy...

4. Nord Jewelers

In my 37 years on this planet I have driven by Nord Jewelers thousands and thousands of times, but all the times I've needed a reliable jeweler, it never...

5. Michigan News Agency

I have to throw out five stars for a business that has been around as long as these folks and continues to survive. Yeah, I'm a bit nostalgic but this...

Health
1. Willow Day Spa

Gorgeous location. Received my first ever facial today from Denise. What a wonderful esthetician. She let me know what she was doing and why and...

2. Down Dog Yoga Center

Found this studio while unexpectedly in Kalamazoo for 2 weeks. Went to several classes everyday and all were fantastic. Beautiful space, great teachers and...

3. Bronson Methodist Hospital

Bronson's hiring process must be rigorous and intense because they have the best staff ever, from receptionists to doctors. The care I've received here,...

4. Ambrosia Therapeutic Massage

I don't generally review a massage spa after one visit, but this little center deserves it! My husband and I get massages a few times a month and decided to...

5. Drake Dental

Beautiful office, very welcoming. Best part is that I was seen for my 2:00 appointment by 2:10. The dental assistant was sweet and gave me a tour of their...

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