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  1. Public Schools
    C-
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    C
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    C
  8. Weather
    A-
  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 9,996. Shelton is in Mason County. Living in Shelton offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. Many families live in Shelton and residents tend to lean conservative.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$156,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$906
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    47%
  • Own
    53%
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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
    353.4
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    127.6
    40.7
  • Robbery
    29.4
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    1,011
    500.1
  • Theft
    4,947
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    490.8
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    14%
  • 10-17 years
    12%
  • 18-24 years
    10%
  • 25-34 years
    13%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    11%
  • 55-64 years
    10%
  • 65+ years
    15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    3%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    8%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    40%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    30%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    19%
    13%

Working in Shelton

Jobs
C
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$40,141
National
$55,322
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Shelton Reviews

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I’ve lived in Shelton most my life, and it’s a nice little town but like every city, it has faults. The pros of Shelton are the sights because there are a good amount of older buildings, as well as plenty of antiques. Online you will find Sheltontonians maintaining a good amount of communication between people for trades,help,warnings, and more. The people here are quite kind once you get to know them, and if you ask for recommendations you will most likely get some. The small downside in my personal opinion is the lack of recreational activities besides hiking trails, as we have lost a bowling alley to fire and had problems with the pool at the school. The lack of affordable apartments is unfortunate, but other than that I enjoy living here.
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Shelton Washington has been my home town all of my life and I love it. Although with every thing I love in life there is always a few things I would like to see changed. In my little Washington town at the end of the Puget Sound we seem to have a hard time getting the community to come together, weather it be to overcome issues or celebrate our towns history. I would enjoy seeming my community be closer and work together better. I do not mean this to only be on a commercial level, but also in the youth. I would enjoy seeing more collaborations and friendliness in schools, clubs and sports. I believe that with a little cooperation a town overall can improve dramatically in every aspect.
Homelessness, drugs, and violence is very common in Shelton. Many people face poverty and nothing is being done about it. The school districts is trying to build itself back up after years of poor educational teachers and leaders. Nowadays, the population is escalating. The positive attribute about Shelton is the location. It's approximately 30 minutes from Olympia and 40 minutes from Bremerton. One change that needs to be made is the care for local teens and a push for more high school graduates.