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Shelton, Connecticut

  •   State: 
    Fairfield County
      County FIPS: 
    41°18′15″N 73°08′17″W
      Area total: 
    31.90 sq mi (82.63 km²)
      Area land: 
    30.63 sq mi (79.33 km²)
      Area water: 
    1.27 sq mi (3.29 km²)
    62 ft (19 m)
    1789; Incorporated (town) 1789; Incorporated (city) 1915
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
      ZIP codes: 

    Shelton, Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    1,334 residents per square mile of area (515.2/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
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Shelton was settled by the English as part of the town of Stratford, Connecticut, in 1639. Shelton was split off from Stratford in 1789, as Huntington (named for Samuel Huntington). The current name originated in a manufacturing village started in the 1860s named for the Shelton Company. The explosion that destroyed the Sponge Rubber Plant on Canal Street in 1975 marked the start of the decline of Shelton's industries. Over 2,000,000 square feet (190,000 m2) of corporate office space spread across 12 buildings was constructed by the R.D. Scinto corporation alone. In November 2007, a tree growing on Soundview Avenue was selected to be the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. In July 2009, a EF1 tornado touched down with wind speeds between 95 and 105 miles per hour. According to WTNH, the most damage was concentrated along the Orono Trail, where many of the trees were shot in the movie All Good Things. In March 2008, Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell announced that after negotiations with State Senator Dan Debicella and Representative Jason Perillo, state bond funds in the amount of $2 million would be directed toward additional improvements to the city's infrastructure. The city's population was 40,869 at the 2020 United States Census, and is expected to rise to 40,000 by the end of the decade. It is located in Fairfield County, Connecticut and is located on the banks of the Housatonic River.


Shelton is the primary city name, but also Huntington are acceptable city names or spellings. The official name is Shelton, Connecticut. Shelton was settled by the English as part of the town of Stratford, Connecticut, in 1639. Shelton was split off from Stratford in 1789, as Huntington (named for Samuel Huntington) The current name originated in a manufacturing village started in the 1860s named for the Shelton Company. The Sponge Rubber Products plant was the site of one of the largest arson fires in the United States history in 1975. In March 2008, Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell announced that after negotiations with State Senator Dan Debicella and State Representative Jason Perillo, state bond funds in the amount of $2 million would be directed toward additional infrastructure improvements. In November 2013, a tree picked to be the second Christmas tree to be picked up by the Rockefeller Center was dropped into the Housatonic River and dumped into the water. In July 2009, a line of heavy thunderstorms with a weak tornado spawned an EF1 tornado with wind speeds between 95 and 105 miles per hour. According to WTNH, the most damage was concentrated along the Orono Trail, where many of the most concentrated trees were blown down. On November 30, 2008, producers and movie staff for the upcoming All Good Things shot one scene on Canal St in downtown Shelton. The scene involved dragging a body and dumping it into the body of the body into the river, where it was later found to be a tree. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, efforts were underway to restore nineteenth-century industrial buildings in the downtown area.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 31.9 square miles (83 km²) of which 30.6 square miles is land and 1.4 square miles, or 4.26%, is water. The city is located in the eastern part of the state, near the border with New Hampshire and New Jersey. The population of the city as of the 2010 Census was 2,816. The area's population was 3,813. It had a population of 2,716 in the 2000 Census. The largest city in the city is Manchester, New Hampshire, which has a population 1,814. The most populous city in New Hampshire is Manchester. The state's population is 2,917. It is the most populous municipality in the state. It has the highest population density in the United States, with 1,715 people per square mile (1,722 per km²). The city's population in the 1990s was 1,914. It was the most populated city in Massachusetts. The highest population rate was in the mid-1990s, at 1,897. The lowest population rate is in the early 2000s. The town's highest rate of growth was in 2007, at 2.1%. The city has the lowest population growth rate in the past decade, at 0.7%. The highest rate was between 2007 and 2008. The average household income in the town is $28.2 million (or $32.2 billion in the 2010 census).


As of the census of 2000, there were 38,101 people, 14,190 households, and 10,543 families residing in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 94.44% White, 1.12% Black or African American, 0.15% Native American, 2.08% Asian, and 1.31% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.48% of the population. The city's population was spread out, with 23.5% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 30.0% from 25 to 44, 25.7% from 45 to 64, and 14.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females age 18 and over,there were 90.3 males. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.11. the city's median income was $67,292, and the median income for a family was $75,523 (these figures had risen to $80,694 and $94,485 respectively as of a 2007 estimate). Males had a median income of $50,210 versus $36,815 for females. The per capita income for the city is $29,893. About 2.5%. of families and 3.2% of people were below the poverty line, including 3. 2% of those under 18 and 5.5. of those age 65 or over.

Government and politics

Shelton is one of the few municipalities in Connecticut with its own sheriff's department, the Shelton Sheriff's Department. Shelton is a Republican stronghold in presidential elections, as the city has voted for the GOP presidential nominee in every election since 1964. The current Board of Aldermen consists entirely of eight Republicans. Representation of Shelton in the U.S. House of Representatives is split between the 3rd and 4th congressional districts, which are represented by Democratic Representatives Rosa DeLauro and Jim Himes. As of 2022 the head of the department is Sheriff Carl Sylvester. The department is not a law enforcement agency. Members are political appointees and receive no salary and derive income from fees charged to serve legal papers. The town is a member of the Connecticut League of Municipalities, which is a non-profit organization based in Stamford. It was founded in the early 1900s and is based in the town's central business district. The city has a population of about 3,000. The mayor is Republican Mark Lauretti, who was re-elected for a fourteenth term on November 7, 2017. The Republican Party has controlled the city government since the 1980s. At the state level, the city is represented by Republican State Senator Kevin Kelly of Stratford and Republican State Representative Jason Perillo of the 113th District. The state legislature has two State Assembly districts that cover Shelton. The United States Senate has two Republican Senators, Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, along with the rest of Connecticut.

Landscape, geology, and natural environment

The City of Shelton's goal is to preserve at least 15% of the land as permanently protected, locally controlled open space. There are over 15 miles (24 km) of hiking trails in Shelton, including a portion of the Paugussett "Blue Blazed" trail. There is opportunity for fishing, boating, geocaching and letterboxing, hiking, walking and biking. Dogs are welcomed when on leash. There's no hunting on city-owned open space, by ordinance. The city owns close to 2,000 acres (8.1 km²) of Public Open Space, Protected Farmland is 411 acres (1.66 km²), and the Shelton Land Trust organization has preserved 364 acres (1.47 km²). As of 2009, these forms of open space amount to 13% of. the City and more than 2,700 acres (11 km².) The City of. Shelton owns almost 1,500 acres of land that is protected by the purchase of development rights, and properties held by the non-profit Shelton. Land Conservation Trust has preserved more than 1,200 acres (4.4 km1) of land. The City. owns nearly 1,600 acres (5.3 km²); the Trust has conserved more than 500 acres (2.2 km1). The city. owns about 1,800 acres (3.7 km²; the Trust owns more than 400 acres) of farmland. The. city owns about 2,300 acres (7.5 km²): the majority of which is privately owned.


Shelton Public Schools include Shelton High School for grades 9 through 12. Five primary schools for pre-kindergarten through fourth grade, including Elizabeth Shelton Elementary, Mohegan Elementary, Long Hill Elementary School, Booth Hill Elementary and Sunnyside Elementary School. Shelton Intermediate School is for grades 7 and 8. Perry Hill School is a middle school for grades 5 and 6, and a high school for 9-12-year-olds. The Shelton Public School District is part of the New Jersey Department of Education. The school district has been in existence since the early 1900s. It is one of the oldest public schools in the state. It was founded by the city of Shelton in the early 20th century. The district was named after Shelton, New Jersey, where the town's first post-secondary school was founded in 1847. It has been the site of the Shelton School District since the mid-19th century, when the town was founded. The current school district was formed in the late 1950s. The town has a population of about 2,000 people, mostly from Shelton and surrounding areas. It also has a large number of non-shelton residents. The city has a history of being involved in the development of the area. The first Shelton school was built in the 1880s, and the current school was established in the 1950s, when Shelton was the city's first high school. The high school is located in the center of the town.

Fire department

The City of Shelton is protected by the 246-member all-volunteer Shelton Fire Department. The department consists of four companies operating out of four stations located throughout the city. There is also a board of fire commissioners with a representative from each company. The fire department is funded by donations from residents and businesses. The city's fire department has a budget of more than $1.5 million. It is funded through donations, grants, and a combination of both public and private sources. The Fire Department is made up of 246 members, including four companies and a fire commissioner. The Department is based in Shelton, Utah, and has four stations in the city, as well as an off-site fire station in the nearby town of Puyallup. The City's Fire Department was founded in 1903 and has been in existence ever since. It was the first fire department in the U.S. in the state of Utah. It now has four companies, one company per station, and one fire commissioner for each station. It also has a volunteer fire department, with a fire captain for each of the four companies. It has an annual budget of over $1 million and an annual training program of about $500,000. It operates on a volunteer basis and has a fire chief for each company that is part of the fire department. There are no full-time firefighters, but there are four part-time fire captains for the city's four fire companies. In addition to the firefighters, there is a fire marshal and two fire commissioners.


Highland Golf Club of Shelton is a 9-hole course. Brownson Country Club is an 18-hole venue. There is an annual competition between the clubs for the "Mayor's Trophy", alternating the venue each year. The 2009 Champion and holder of the Trophy is Highland. There are two private golf courses in Shelton. The courses are located in downtown Shelton and the Huntington section of the town. The golf course at Brownson is located in the Huntington area. The course at Highland is in the downtown area and the course at Brownson is in the Huntington section. The club was founded in 1900 and has a clubhouse that dates back to the 1920s. It is located on Perry Hill Road and has 10 greens, with the tee shot going over Perry Hill road. It was founded by an unknown original designer in the early 1900s. The clubhouse's 1920s era structure still remains as the core to the current structure. It has a nine-hole golf course with 10 greens to allow alternating #2 and #11 where the tee hit goes over Perryhill Road. It also has a 18- hole golf course which is located at the Huntington part of the city. The tournament is held each year at the Brownson Golf Club in Huntington. The winner of the trophy is the winner of each year's Shelton Golf Club competition, alternating between Brownson and Highland each year for the past five years. The trophy is awarded for the best overall score.

Notable companies

Bic Corporation conducts U.S. operations from Shelton. PerkinElmer, formerly Perkin-Elmer Instruments, is best known for building the optical components of the Hubble Space Telescope. Pitney Bowes employs 1,460 in the city. Prudential Annuities headquarters are in Shelton, as is the offices of Cartier SA and Hubbell Incorporated. The city is also home to the National Football League's San Francisco 49ers franchise, the San Francisco Giants, and the San Diego 49ers football team, the D.C. 49ers and the Los Angeles 49ers, among many other sports teams. The town is home to Shelton High School, which was founded in 1883. It is also the home of the University of California, San Diego, where the football team is based. It was also the site of the opening of the San Jose State University football stadium in the late 1950s and early 1960s. It has a population of 3,000, and is the location of the National Basketball Association's San Diego Field of Honor, which opened in 1968. It also has the headquarters of computershare (formerly Transcentive, Inc.) and EC Unified Solutions (formerly Nitsuko America), a manufacturer of business telephone systems. Shelton also has a number of non-profit organizations, such as the American Institute of Architects and the American Museum of Nature and Science, which is located in the town's downtown area. The Shelton Chamber of Commerce is based in the downtown area and has an office on the second floor of the Shelton Town Center.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Shelton, Fairfield County, Connecticut = 7.8. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 32. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 30. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Shelton = 3.4 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 40,869 individuals with a median age of 42.4 age the population grows by 6.13% in Shelton, Fairfield County, Connecticut population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 1,334 residents per square mile of area (515.2/km²). There are average 2.61 people per household in the 15,234 households with an average household income of $82,930 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 7.40% of the available work force and has dropped -3.24% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 26.12%. The number of physicians in Shelton per 100,000 population = 301.6.


The annual rainfall in Shelton = 49.1 inches and the annual snowfall = 28.7 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 110. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 176. 82 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 17.7 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 45, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Shelton, Fairfield County, Connecticut which are owned by the occupant = 78.01%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 34 years with median home cost = $292,150 and home appreciation of -10.78%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $13.56 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $6,753 per student. There are 17.2 students for each teacher in the school, 364 students for each Librarian and 344 students for each Counselor. 8.01% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 18.51% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 11.31% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Shelton's population in Fairfield County, Connecticut of 5,572 residents in 1900 has increased 7,33-fold to 40,869 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 51.12% female residents and 48.88% male residents live in Shelton, Fairfield County, Connecticut.

    As of 2020 in Shelton, Fairfield County, Connecticut are married and the remaining 38.04% are single population.

  • 26.8 minutes is the average time that residents in Shelton require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    87.24% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 7.38% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 1.50% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 2.69% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Shelton, Fairfield County, Connecticut, 78.01% are owner-occupied homes, another 17.28% are rented apartments, and the remaining 4.71% are vacant.

  • The 67.16% of the population in Shelton, Fairfield County, Connecticut who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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