You've got to be kidding me!  How can Kalamazoo be ranked one of the 50 worst cities to live in?  Well, according to a USA today article, the folks at 24/7 Wall Street many factors go into the criteria that was set up to determine livability.  There's affordability, job market strength, quality of education, infrastructure, average commute times, cultural attractions and, surprisingly, air quality.

It seems that Kalamazoo actually has nearly THE WORST AIR QUALITY IN THE NATION!!!  Ya, that's right.  Our air is considered hazardous for about 15% of days in a given year, a far larger share than the 6% average nationwide.  And apparently we're among the most dangerous nationwide with 1,217 violent crimes almost triple the average of 360 across the country.

Now I don't know about you but I never thought the air was a problem and I feel pretty safe around here.  Maybe it's a blessing and we'll keep all the riff-raff from coming here.  Check out where we rank and and other details by clicking HERE.