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  6. Diversity
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  7. Jobs
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Norton Shores is a suburb of Grand Rapids with a population of 24,234. Norton Shores is in Muskegon County and is one of the best places to live in Michigan. Living in Norton Shores offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Norton Shores there are a lot of parks. Many young professionals and retirees live in Norton Shores and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Norton Shores are highly rated.
About Norton Shores...
Population
24,234

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$116,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$872
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    19%
  • Own
    81%
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Norton Shores Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    98.4
    282.7
  • Murder
    4.1
    6.1
  • Rape
    41
    40.7
  • Robbery
    32.8
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    336
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,311.3
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    110.6
    284
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Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    12%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    20%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    10%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    20%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    36%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    28%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    6%
    13%

Working in Norton Shores

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$53,797
National
$55,322
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Norton Shores Reviews

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Lovely little community. Low house prices, close to wonderful lake Michigan beaches, and there are cute independent restaurants. Also, great beer selection!
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Norton Shores is a small town near Lake Michigan and about 45 minutes from Grand Rapids. There are very nice restaurants, movie theaters, a mall and many shopping options. There is also a local hockey team and the venue sometimes has concerts. It is a great place to live.
Norton Shores is a safe area to live in! Police are always there when in need and are not out to get you. You never see police around, though they are always around. Few crimes are committed here. I'd like to say barely any because they're never on the news. The only concern is living close to Muskegon Heights, where there is a lot of violence.