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Shelton, Connecticut - Basic Facts

The City of Shelton had a population of 42,197 as of July 1, 2018.

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, 2018.

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

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Shelton, CT Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 42,197
Population in Households 41,684
Population in Familes 35,417
Population in Group Qrtrs 513
Population Density2 1,378
Diversity Index3 35


Median Household Income $90,630
Average Household Income $115,583
Per Capita Income $44,645


Total Housing Units 16,942 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 12,501 (73.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 3,681 (21.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 760 ( 4.5%)
Median Home Value $365,403
Average Home Value $393,219


Total Households 16,182
Average Household Size 2.58
Family Households 11,409
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. 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 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.79% 0.63%
Households 0.66% 0.57%
Families 0.56% 0.53%
Median Household Income   2.31%
Per Capita Income   2.69%

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, 2018 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 Density # 73 49th
Diversity Index # 57 61st
Median Household Income # 35 76th
Per Capita Income # 62 57th

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