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Retirement Living In Muskegon County - Michigan

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Area Description

Experience the beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline in Muskegon County, Michigan! Retirees find that their dollar goes further in Muskegon, where you can still find homes in a reasonable price range, yet only minutes from the beach and outdoor recreation.

Enjoy 26 miles of beaches and dunes, three state parks, recreational trails, Michigan’s Adventure Amusement Park, and a history as rich as Michigan itself. Check out the USS Silversides and LST393 Veterans Museum, historic Frauenthal Theater, Hackley & Hume restored Victorian homes, Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon Luge Adventure Sports Park, and much more. Cottages, Bed and Breakfasts, and hotels with names you know and trust. Attend one of Muskegon County’s many festivals, held year-round.

Go to www.visitmuskegon.org or call 800-724-1398 for more information.

Includes Cities/Towns: Muskegon, North Muskegon, Norton Shores.

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Area Amenities

Things to Do, Recreation & Fitness

   Muskegon County offers many parks and natural areas and bike, walking and hiking trails. There are great lakes for boating or you can hire a charter service to take you out on the water of Muskegon Lake or Lake Michigan. We have fishing, hunting, golfing, bowling, cinemas, sporting events like pickleball and tennis to name a few. You can also take in a hockey game, baseball, football, basketball game. There are free outdoor summer concerts, and indoor plays and concerts, in addition to a variety of museums and cultural events.

Cultural Activities

Muskegon serves the county with a variety of concerts and theater events and festivals. There are many libraries with wonderful, low- to no-cost events.

Public transportation

The Muskegon Area Transit System (MATS) provides fixed-routes, dedicate ADA transportation, and a demand/response system called Go2.

Medical Facilities

We are the home of Trinity Health/Mercy Hospital plus many med centers throughout Muskegon county including Spectrum Health.

What Will The Climate And Weather Be Like If I Retire In Muskegon County, Michigan?

For those of you that retire in Muskegon County, you will enjoy warm summers, a cool fall, a cold winter and a temperate spring!

Winter temperatures are cold with averages in the upper 20's and highs in the low 30's. Nights are cold with lows in the low 20's. Expect a lot of rainy days in the winter, great for a day of shopping in Muskegon County! Assume some snowy days in the Winter with a lot of days with snow remaining on the ground so you can enjoy some winter skiing!

If the weather in the spring is too cold for the outdoors, enjoy some indoor activities in Muskegon County such as a movie, a visit to a museum, dining, nightlife or some shopping. Spring temperatures are cold with averages in the mid 40's and highs in the mid 50's. Nights are cold with lows in the mid 30's. Expect some rainy days in the spring.

Summertime in Muskegon County is a great time to enjoy your retirement with a day at the lake, an outdoor concert, a local festival or other outdoor activity! Summer temperatures are mild with averages in the upper 60's and highs in the upper 70's. Nights are cool with lows in the upper 50's. Humidity may feel "sticky" with muggy evenings. Expect some rainy days in the summer.

If you retire in Muskegon County, you can look forward to fall weather activities such as biking on a bike path, hiking, enjoying a walking path and more! Fall temperatures are cool with averages in the low 50's and highs in the upper 50's. Nights are cold with lows in the low 40's. Expect a lot of rainy days in the Fall.

Monthly Temperature Ranges

 Month  Low  Avg  High
 Jan  20  25  30
 Feb  20  27  33
 Mar  26  34  42
 Apr  37  46  56
 May  46  56  66
 Jun  56  66  76
 Jul  62  71  80
 Aug  60  69  78
 Sep  53  62  71
 Oct  42  51  59
 Nov  33  40  46
 Dec  25  30  35

Monthly Average # of Hot and Cold Days

 Month  Days Greater Than 90 F°  Days Less Than 32 F°  Days Less Than 0 F°
 Jan  0  28  1
 Feb  0  25  1
 Mar  0  23  0
 Apr  0  9  0
 May  0  1  0
 Jun  0  0  0
 Jul  0  0  0
 Aug  0  0  0
 Sep  0  0  0
 Oct  0  3  0
 Nov  0  15  0
 Dec  0  26  0

Rain & Humidity

 Month  Rainfall  Rainy Days  Humidity
 Jan  2 "  12  19 %
 Feb  2 "  9  20 %
 Mar  2 "  9  25 %
 Apr  3 "  11  34 %
 May  4 "  9  44 %
 Jun  3 "  8  55 %
 Jul  3 "  8  61 %
 Aug  3 "  8  61 %
 Sep  4 "  9  54 %
 Oct  3 "  11  42 %
 Nov  3 "  12  33 %
 Dec  3 "  12  24 %


 Month  Snowfall  Snow On Ground Days  Snowy Days
 Jan  25 "  25  12
 Feb  16 "  21  8
 Mar  7 "  10  4
 Apr  2 "  1  1
 May  0 "  0  0
 Jun  0 "  0  0
 Jul  0 "  0  0
 Aug  0 "  0  0
 Sep  0 "  0  0
 Oct  0 "  0  0
 Nov  5 "  3  3
 Dec  23 "  18  10

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Cost of Living for Muskegon County, MI

Muskegon County, Michigan cost of living for Housing, Healthcare, Transportation, Taxes, Utilities, etc.:

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Senior Housing Options

Muskegon county offers many housing opportunities and options for new residents.

Senior Assistance in Muskegon County, MI

Muskegon County, Michigan offers the following assistance for seniors:

Mercy Visiting Nurses for home health care. Muskegon has the Meals on Wheels program and services many seniors through this program. We have senior center and many churches offer programs for seniors.

What Job or Volunteer Opportunities Does Muskegon County Offer For Retirees?

We have many museums that love and appreciate their volunteers and the United Way serves our communities. The libraries and hospitals also have volunteer opportunities.

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