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  7. Jobs
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Norton Shores is a suburb of Grand Rapids with a population of 24,091. 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 above average.
About Norton Shores...
Population
24,091

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$114,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$860
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    18%
  • Own
    82%
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Norton Shores Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    103
    283
  • Murder
    8
    6
  • Rape
    33
    41
  • Robbery
    49
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    322
    500
  • Theft
    2,482
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    62
    284
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Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$52,283
National
$55,322
Children
17%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    10%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    19%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    36%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    29%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    7%
    13%
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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.