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United Way of the Lakeshore serves three contiguous counties in the West Michigan Lakeshore area - Muskegon, Newaygo, and Oceana.  Each community has unique needs and resources but shares a collaborative spirit in working to improve lives in our shared region.

Muskegon County:

Muskegon County, located along the shoreline of Lake Michigan, is home to 172,188 people (2010 US Census).  Muskegon has 26 miles of beaches and dunes, 60 miles of wilderness trails for biking or hiking, Michigan's Adventure Amusement and Water Park, and hotels, dining and cultural arts for every taste and budget.

With 43% of our families earning less than the basic cost of living though, poverty is a key issue in Muskegon County, one we must address as a community in order to inspire change and build a thriving community.  Data tells the story of needs in our community; use the links below to learn more.

Muskegon County Data Links: 

ALICE Report
Kids Count Report
County Health Rankings
Muskegon County Website 

Newaygo County: 

Newaygo County, located in Western Michigan, is home to 48,460 people (2010 US Census).  Newaygo has over 230 natural lakes and over 350 miles of rivers and streams. Three huge dams were built after the turn of the century: Croton, Hardy, and Newaygo. Croton and Hardy Dams remain today, with Hardy the largest earthen dam east of the Mississippi.
 
With 41% of our families earning less than the basic cost of living though, poverty is a key issue in Newaygo County, one we must address as a community in order to inspire change and build a thriving community.  Data tells the story of needs in our community; use the links below to learn more.
 
Newaygo County Data Links: 
 
 

Oceana County:

Oceana County, located along the shoreline of Lake Michigan, is home to 26,570 people (2010 US Census).  Oceana has the second largest fruit tree acreage in the state, and is known as the asparagus capital of the world. It is also home to Silver Lake and the sand dunes, one of the few places in the nation offering first class dune schooner rides to view the sandy coastline along the Big Lake.
 
With 41% of our families earning less than the basic cost of living though, poverty is a key issue in Oceana County, one we must address as a community in order to inspire change and build a thriving community.  Data tells the story of needs in our community; use the links below to learn more.
 
Oceana Data Links: