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Shelton, Washington - Basic Facts

The City of Shelton had a population of 10,021 as of July 1, 2017. Shelton ranks in the upper quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Washington. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Shelton is located at latitude 47.2183 and longitude -123.1133 in Mason County. 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. Mason County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 23 feet.

The City of Shelton (GNIS ID: 2411882) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Washington is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Shelton is located within Shelton Division of Mason County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Shelton population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

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Shelton, WA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 10,021
Daytime Population: Workers 6,471
Daytime Population: Residents 6,043
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 12,514
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.25
Population in Households 9,633
Population in Familes 7,166
Population in Group Qrtrs 388
Population Density2 1,740
Diversity Index3 62


Median Household Income $36,847
Average Household Income $48,661
Per Capita Income $18,294


Total Housing Units 3,937 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,926 (48.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,657 (42.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 354 ( 9.0%)
Median Home Value $171,460
Average Home Value $183,035


Total Households 3,583
Average Household Size 2.69
Family Households 2,184
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.26% 0.23%
Households 0.03% 0.17%
Families 0.11% 0.08%
Median Household Income   2.13%
Per Capita Income   3.1%

Shelton, WA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Shelton to the other 627 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Washington by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 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 # 118 81st
Population Density # 170 73rd
Diversity Index # 99 84th
Median Household Income # 575 8th
Per Capita Income # 587 7th

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