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Overview

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.

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population24,091
Male Share of the Population48.8%
Female Share of the Population51.2%
Senior Citizens19.1%
Employed Population 16+11,542
Age of the Population44

Families

% of people married53.5%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher29.3%
Median Earnings25+$33,412
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$22,364
Median Earnings With High School Degree$26,255

Wealth

Median Family Income$68,179
% Above Poverty Level91.2%
% Below Poverty Level8.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time20 minutes
% Working from Home2.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.6%
% Using Public Transportation0.1%

Housing

People Living Alone30%
Median Gross Rent$860
Median House Value$114,100

Ancestry

German21.2%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)15.8%
Dutch12.4%
Irish10.5%
English10.4%
Polish8%
French Except Basque4.6%
Italian3.8%
Swedish3.3%
Norwegian2.3%
Scottish1.8%
Canadian1.6%
Slovak1.4%
Hungarian1.4%
Danishn1.2%
Welsh0.8%
Finnish0.8%
Austrian0.6%
African0.4%
Swiss0.4%
Lithuanian0.4%
Russian0.3%
Czech0.3%
Ukrainian0.2%
Belgian0.2%
Greek0.2%
Serbian0.2%
Croatian0.1%
Icelander0.1%
Australian0.1%
Slovene0.1%
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Norton Shores Almanac

CategoryValue
County Muskegon County, Ottawa County
Standard Zip Codes49441, 49456, 49444
Phone Area Codes231, 616
Time ZoneAmerica/Detroit
Approximate Latitude43.22
Approximate Longitude-86.25

Norton Shores Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationMUSKEGON COUNTY AP
Distance1.5 miles
Jan Temp17 to 30 F
Apr Temp35 to 55 F
Jul Temp60 to 80 F
Oct Temp41 to 59 F
Annual Precip32.8 inches
StationGRAND HAVEN FIRE DEPT
Distance7.5 miles
Jan Temp19 to 30 F
Apr Temp36 to 55 F
Jul Temp61 to 79 F
Oct Temp43 to 59 F
Annual Precip32.7 inches
StationMONTAGUE 4 NW
Distance22 miles
Jan Temp17 to 29 F
Apr Temp33 to 54 F
Jul Temp58 to 79 F
Oct Temp41 to 59 F
Annual Precip32.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Ferrysburg2,979$91,115
Fruitport1,374$57,083
Muskegon38,086$32,403
Muskegon Heights10,792$23,750
North Muskegon3,785$80,151
Roosevelt Park3,813$50,625

Norton Shores Public Schools

Muskegon Montessori Academy For Environmental Change
2950 Mccracken
ZIP: 49441
(231) 215-6548
Primary
Total Enrollment 117

Norton Shores Private Schools

Michigan Dunes Montessori
5248 Henry St
ZIP: 49441
Elementary
Total Enrollment 5
Western Michigan Christian High School
455 E Ellis Rd
ZIP: 49441
Secondary
Total Enrollment 253
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