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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    A-
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    C-
  9. Cost of Living
    A-
  10. Health & Fitness
    C+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    B+

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%

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
    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

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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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 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.
I am a former resident of Norton Shores and still work in the community. Norton Shores is a beautiful place to raise a family with a short commute to most places, an amazing school district, close to the beach, and many parks for families to enjoy. To me Norton Shores is the ideal location to raise a family