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The boundaries of the eighty-three counties in Michigan have not changed substantially since 1897. Wayne County was the sixth county in the Northwest Territory, formed 15 August 1796 and organized in 1815. Wayne County was created 21 November 1815 as an original county of Michigan.

Kalamazoo County, Michigan

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Kalamazoo County is a county located in the state of Michigan. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 250,331. The county seat is Kalamazoo.

Kalamazoo County is included in the Kalamazoo, Portage, MI Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Etymology - Origin of Kalamazoo County Name

The name supposedly means "the mirage or reflecting river" and the original Indian name was "Kikalamazoo"


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Kalamazoo County History

Kalamazoo County was organized in 1830, although its set off date is unknown. The village of Kalamazoo (then known as Bronson) was made the county seat in 1831

The name supposedly means "the mirage or reflecting river" and the original Indian name was "Kikalamazoo"

Set Off: Information unavailable

Organized: 1830

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 580 square miles (1,500 km2), of which 562 square miles (1,460 km2) is land and 19 square miles (49 km2) (3.2%) is water.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Barry County - northeast
  • Allegan County - northwest
  • Calhoun County east
  • Van Buren County west
  • Branch County southeast
  • St. Joseph County south
  • Cass County southwest


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