Shelton is a somewhat small coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Washington. With a population of 10,146 people and ten constituent neighborhoods, Shelton is the 85th largest community in Washington.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Shelton is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Shelton is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Shelton who work in office and administrative support (16.49%), farm management occupations (8.99%), and sales jobs (6.74%).
Shelton is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.
The rate of college-level education in Shelton is quite a bit lower than the national average among all cities of 21.84%: just 12.47% of people here over 25 have a bachelor's degree or an advanced degree.
The per capita income in Shelton in 2010 was $18,881, which is low income relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $75,524 for a family of four. However, Shelton contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Shelton is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Shelton home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Shelton residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Shelton also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 19.05% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Shelton include German, Irish, English, Norwegian, and European.
The most common language spoken in Shelton is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Italian.