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  1. Public Schools
    C
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    B-
  5. Good for Families
    C
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    C
  8. Weather
    B+
  9. Cost of Living
    C+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    B+
Shelton is a town in Washington with a population of 9,832. Shelton is in Mason County. Living in Shelton offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Shelton there are a lot of coffee shops and parks. Many families live in Shelton and residents tend to lean conservative.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$150,400
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$882
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    47%
  • Own
    53%
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Shelton Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    153
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    51
    41
  • Robbery
    51
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    773
    500
  • Theft
    4,619
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    692
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$38,550
National
$55,322
Children
21%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    4%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    9%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    38%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    30%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    20%
    13%
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The Beautiful town of Shelton Washington is nestled in the Olympic National Forest, in a valley between the Olympic and Cascade Mts. The Natural Beauty of the Forest with the lush green moss, hanging heavy in the trees, to the Majestic Rock formations unearthed and scattered among the geography of the Area, is tempered by glacial fed rivers winding their many paths through it. Though this Land reveals breathtaking views around every bend, Its real beauty lays in its Humanity. People and the careful consideration of others, expressed by their care for their homeless, Parks and Recreations free campsites for People.
The small town feel is embedded into the surrounding Valley, with its Restaurants, Barber Shops, bike paths, parks, and Library are complimented by the water and Forest in which it sits. It is under this kind of inspiration I'm beginning my College experience at The Art Institute of Seattle.
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I grew up in Shelton, and overall I like the town. It's close knit and friendly, and people look out for each other. But more recently it seems like the town is stagnant. I wish there were more things to do around town, and more places to visit. It doesn't have to be an Olympia-level town, but it could use some liveliness.
Small town feel, but accessible to city amenities, jobs, culture. Adequate shopping and services. Affordable housing, high owner occupied ratios. Fairly friendly.