Shelton, WA
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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 9,834 people and ten constituent neighborhoods, Shelton is the 85th largest community in Washington.

Unlike some cities, Shelton isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Shelton are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Shelton is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Shelton who work in office and administrative support (14.14%), farm management occupations (11.77%), and food service (9.22%).

One of the nice things about Shelton is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.

The percentage of adults in Shelton with college degrees is slightly lower than the national average of 21.84% for all communities. 13.42% of adults in Shelton have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Shelton in 2010 was $17,916, which is low income relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $71,664 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 Native American. Shelton also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 21.31% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Shelton include English, Irish, Norwegian, and Scottish.

The most common language spoken in Shelton is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.