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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    C+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B-
Shelton is a town in Connecticut with a population of 41,155. Shelton is in Fairfield County. Living in Shelton offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Shelton there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many retirees live in Shelton and residents tend to lean liberal. The public schools in Shelton are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$345,200
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,422
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    19%
  • Own
    81%
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Shelton Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    19.2
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    19.2
    40.7
  • Robbery
    16.8
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    160.8
    500.1
  • Theft
    444.1
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    81.6
    284

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    9%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    9%
  • 25-34 years
    9%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    17%
  • 55-64 years
    16%
  • 65+ years
    21%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    17%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    23%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    26%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    27%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    6%
    13%

Working in Shelton

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$94,446
National
$55,322
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Shelton is a beautiful city in Fairfield County, CT. I really enjoy all the land preserves and land trusts. Since there is all this land that is open theres plenty to do outdoors. For example, The Shelton Greenway is over 450 acres of land for hiking theres lakes & ponds for fishing, boating, kayaking and water sports. There are also beautiful farms and lots of wildlife. There are also 2 libraries, a Senior Center and a community center that offers several different programs and a pool! There are also several different resturants and many places to shop.
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Shelton in Connecticut is the best city. I enjoy the low taxes as well as the great schools that go hand in hand. The schools have truly caring and well educated teachers. Shelton also has a few great Volunteer Fire Companies, as well as quick police response time, safety, affordability, and diversity. I enjoy volunteering at the Schools and Fire house. It has a great Community Center. In the downtown area there are some fun restaurants and bars, I recommend the fries and sauce at Bar 140 on Center Street. It is the best city I've ever been too! I love Shelton and wouldn't want to be anywhere else.
While Shelton may not be particulary famous or renowned, the town itself holds much potential with growing business and its increasing population. It's prime location puts it only 10 minutes away from either Bridgeport or New Haven, as well as being a nice stop along Route 8 or Merritt Parkway. It's downtown section is mostly quiet, but can become bustling with fun during street events or festivals down at the River Green. While others may consider Shelton unexciting, I find the town's uneventfulness appealing. You're able to both enjoy the quietness of the town, while be within reach of other more busy towns.