Why Make Norton Shores Home?

The people who already call Norton Shores home know what a special place it is as a city along Lake Michigan. Nestled into the lakeshore between Muskegon and Grand Haven, Norton Shores is a quiet, young city known for its natural beauty and recreational opportunities, and high-quality school systems and safe neighborhoods. 

Exploration and Adventure
Norton Shores is a city of 24,000 residents that live in 24 square miles. Perhaps what those residents love most is the six miles of Lake Michigan shoreline to which they have access regardless of the season, plus the numerous access points to Mona Lake and Little Black Lake—all of which means plenty of opportunity to be outside enjoying nature. 

At any time of year, Hoffmaster State Park draws out residents and visitors alike to get outside. One of the most beautiful places in Michigan (just ask the people who live here!), Hoffmaster State Park is known for its numerous hiking trails, well-kept campsites, and public beach access. Gillette Nature Center, located within the park, provides plenty of educational opportunities for those who choose to visit. 

Ross Park, Lake Harbor Park, and Black Lake Park provide opportunities to be on or at the water’s edge, whether boating, swimming, fishing, or hiking the dunes and nature trails. When the weather turns cold, opportunities abound for cross-country skiing, sledding, and other winter sports. 

There is adventure to find in Norton Shores in any weather. 

Safety and Education
When it comes right down to it, Norton Shores might best be described as a well-rounded community because of the balance of industrial, commercial, and residential development. Growth of Norton industrial sector brings jobs and economic growth to the city, while the zoned industrial areas ensure that manufacturing activity does not detract from the city’s beauty or interrupt the serenity that Norton Shores affords its residents. 

Norton Shores neighborhoods make Norton Shores an appealing place to raise a family. They are made up of an abundant mix of housing styles to appeal to all architectural tastes, with the great benefit of never being far from the beauty of the lakeshore itself. 

Norton Shores also offers quality school systems in Mona Shores, Grand Haven, and Muskegon Public Schools, along with West Michigan Christian and Muskegon Montessori for Environmental Change. Norton Shores is also close to great undergraduate schools in Muskegon Community College, Baker College, and Grand Valley State University. From elementary school to college, families in Norton Shores can be sure that their students are getting a quality education, in a safe community, tucked into the Michigan Lakeshore.

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