Introduction to Norton Shores, Michigan

Norton Shores, Michigan, in Muskegon county, is 33 miles NW of Grand Rapids, Michigan and 83 miles E of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The city is part of the Grand Rapids - Muskegon - Holland metropolitan statistical area. About 22,527 people live in Norton Shores.

Norton Shores History

The Potawatomi, Chippewa and Ottawa Indians occupied this area for hundreds of years prior to European exploration. The township of Norton Shores was originally organized in 1845 settlers from the village of Mill Point, which is now called Spring Lake. The community was named in honor of Col. Amos Norton, a Canadian patriot. In 1859, the Norton Shores Township was separated from Ottawa County and annexed to Muskegon County. A number of saw mills and other factories operated in the area in the 19th century. On April 16, 1968, Norton Shores was incorporated as a city.

Norton Shores and nearby Attractions

  • Fire Barn Museum
  • White River Light Station Museum
  • Michigan's Adventure
  • Little Black Lake
  • Pontaluna Country Club
  • P J Hoffmaster State Park

Things To Do In Norton Shores

Travelers interested in learning about the history and culture of the region can visit the Muskegon County Museum, the Great Lakes Naval Memorial & Museum, the Fire Barn Museum or the White River Light Station Museum. These museums have some fascinating exhibits that reveal much about this area and its early inhabitants. The city itself is dotted with lakes and creeks, like the Little Black Lake, Lake Lorraine and Mona Lake. The P J Hoffmaster State Park, the Garst Playground, and Michigan's Adventure offer amusement opportunities for both adults and children.

Norton Shores Transportation

Muskegon County is the nearest major airport

Norton Shores Higher Education

For higher education, one can enroll at the Muskegon Community College. Other institutes nearby are Grand Valley State University and Hope College.


Total Population 23,941
Male Share of the Population 48.3%
Female Share of the Population 51.7%
Senior Citizens 18.8%
Employed Population 16+ 10,903
Age of the Population 44


% of people married 53.8%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 28.5%
Median Earnings25+ $34,053
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $17,757
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,441


Median Family Income $66,060
% Above Poverty Level 90.6%
% Below Poverty Level 9.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 3.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.2%
% Using Public Transportation 0.1%


People Living Alone 30.8%
Median Gross Rent $793
Median House Value $111,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 16.7%
US/American 0%
English 11.2%
Irish 11.9%

Norton Shores Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 33 miles NW of Grand Rapids, Michigan (center to center)
Nearest Large City 83 miles E of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
County Muskegon
Metro Area Grand Rapids - Muskegon - Holland
Standard Zip Codes 49441
Phone Area Codes 231
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.168
Longitude -86.263

Norton Shores Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 1.5 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 30 F
Apr Temp 35 to 55 F
Jul Temp 60 to 80 F
Oct Temp 41 to 59 F
Annual Precip 32.8 inches
Distance 7.5 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 30 F
Apr Temp 36 to 55 F
Jul Temp 61 to 79 F
Oct Temp 43 to 59 F
Annual Precip 32.7 inches
Distance 22 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 29 F
Apr Temp 33 to 54 F
Jul Temp 58 to 79 F
Oct Temp 41 to 59 F
Annual Precip 32.1 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Norton Shores, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Meskegon (49441, 49444)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Ferrysburg 2,939 $90,313
Fruitport 1,270 $54,808
Muskegon 37,822 $31,747
Muskegon Heights 10,807 $22,327
North Muskegon 3,769 $83,023
Roosevelt Park 3,817 $48,424
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Student/teacher ratio: 20.3

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