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Shelton, Washington - Basic Facts

The City of Shelton is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in Mason County at latitude 47.2183 and longitude -123.1133. Mason County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 23 feet.

The formal official name is the City of Shelton, but most people and references simply refer to it as Shelton, Washington.

The P1 Census Class Code for Shelton indicates a populated place that is also an incorporated place with the same name and the same census code. The Incorporated Place has a Functional Status Code "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The formal boundaries for the City of Shelton (see map below) encompass a land area of 5.76 sq. miles and a water area of 0.33 sq. miles.

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Shelton, WA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 9,731
Population in Households 9,378
Population in Familes 6,986
Population in Group Qrtrs 353
Population Density1 1,691
Diversity Index2 60


Total Households 3,527
Average Household Size 2.66
Family Households 2,151
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 3,877 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,892 (48.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,635 (42.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 350 ( 9.0%)
Median Home Value $158,273
Average Home Value $186,362


Median Household Income $31,006
Average Household Income $43,550
Per Capita Income $16,253
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population -0.25% -0.29%
Households -0.31% -0.29%
Families -0.16% -0.41%
Median Household Income   3.68%
Per Capita Income   2.94%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.


Shelton, WA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Shelton to the other 628 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Washington by rank and percentile using July 1, 2014 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 117 82nd
Population Density1 # 176 72nd
Diversity Index2 # 105 83rd
Median Household Income # 603 4th
Per Capita Income # 573 9th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Washington Census Data Comparison Tool.