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Shelton, Connecticut - Basic Facts

The City of Shelton had a population of 41,426 as of July 1, 2016.

The primary coordinate point for Shelton is located at latitude 41.3045 and longitude -73.139 in Fairfield County. The formal boundaries for the City of Shelton (see map below) encompass a land area of 30.63 sq. miles and a water area of 1.28 sq. miles. Fairfield County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 43 feet.

The City of Shelton (GNIS ID: 2378290) 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.

The City of Shelton is located within Town of Shelton, a minor civil division (MCD) of Fairfield 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, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Shelton: Huntington, Huntington Landing, Ripton.

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Shelton, CT Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 41,426
Population in Households 40,909
Population in Familes 34,729
Population in Group Qrtrs 517
Population Density1 1,353
Diversity Index2 34


Total Households 15,844
Average Household Size 2.58
Family Households 11,241
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 16,614 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 12,570 (75.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 3,274 (19.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 770 ( 4.6%)
Median Home Value $366,795
Average Home Value $396,746


Median Household Income $87,111
Average Household Income $109,988
Per Capita Income $42,395
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.74% 0.83%
Households 0.53% 0.69%
Families 0.5% 0.67%
Median Household Income   2.8%
Per Capita Income   1.45%
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, CT - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Shelton to the other 142 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Connecticut by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 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 # 17 89th
Population Density1 # 77 46th
Diversity Index2 # 58 60th
Median Household Income # 33 77th
Per Capita Income # 58 60th

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