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The City of Shelton had a population of 41,109 as of July 1, 2022. Shelton ranks in the upper quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Connecticut. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Shelton is located at latitude 41.3165 and longitude -73.0932 in Fairfield County. The formal boundaries for the City of Shelton 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 26 feet.

The City of Shelton 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.

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

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Shelton, CT Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2022)


Total Population 41,109 (100%)
Population in Households 40,541 (98.6%)
Population in Families 34,115 (83.0%)
Population in Group Quarters1 568 ( 1.4%)
Population Density 1,342
Diversity Index2 47


Median Household Income $106,063
Average Household Income $138,944
% of Income for Mortgage4 19%
Per Capita Income $55,600
Wealth Index5 176


Total HU (Housing Units) 17,332 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 12,918 (74.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 3,523 (20.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 891 ( 5.1%)
Median Home Value $371,930
Average Home Value $414,135
Housing Affordability Index3 120


Total Households 16,441
Average Household Size 2.47
Family Households 11,528
Average Family Size 3.00
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. 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 races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2020-2022 2022-2027
Population 0.26% 0.13%
Households 0.23% 0.11%
Families   0.07%
Median Household Income   1.91%
Per Capita Income   2.76%
Owner Occupied HU   0.29%

Shelton, CT - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Shelton to the other 215 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Connecticut by rank and percentile using July 1, 2022 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 # 16 93rd
Population Density # 98 55th
Median Household Income # 95 56th
Housing Affordability Index # 117 54th
Per Capita Income # 116 47th
Diversity Index # 51 77th

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