Introduction to Shelton, Connecticut

Shelton, Connecticut, in Fairfield county, is 6 miles N of Milford, Connecticut and 61 miles NE of New York, New York. The city benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns that it shares the Bridgeport metropolitan area with. Shelton contains a population of approximately 38,101.

Shelton History

The present day town of Shelton was originally a part of Stratford. It was separated from the town in 1789 and named Huntington. It was evenutaly named Shelton in honor of Edward N. Shelton, the founder of the Shelton Company and Ousatonic Water Power Company. Shelton also promoted the construction of the Derby - Shelton Dam. The area was incorporated as a city in 1915.

Shelton and nearby Attractions

  • Housatonic Meadows
  • Indian Well State Park
  • Connecticut Children's Museum
  • Beardsley Zoo
  • State of Connecticut Monument House Museum
  • Quassy Amusement Park

Things To Do In Shelton

While staying in Shelton, you can visit the Webb Mountain Park, Sunnyside Field, Nike Recreation Fields, Pine Rock Park, Riverview Park, Indian Well State Park and Far Mill Park. You can enjoy shopping at the Huntington Village Center Shopping Center, Edwards Shopping Center, Woodside Plaza Shopping Center, White Hill Shopping Center, Shelton Square Shopping Center and Mariahs Way Shopping Center.

Shelton Transportation

Air transportation is available from Igor I. Sikorsky Memorial Airport.

Shelton Higher Education

Higher educational facilities are provided by Sacred Heart University, Fairfield University, Southern Connecticut State University and Gateway Community College.


Total Population 40,783
Male Share of the Population 47.2%
Female Share of the Population 52.8%
Senior Citizens 19.2%
Employed Population 16+ 20,594
Age of the Population 46


% of people married 54.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 39.4%
Median Earnings25+ $54,923
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $27,721
Median Earnings With High School Degree $41,030


Median Family Income $103,831
% Above Poverty Level 94.9%
% Below Poverty Level 5.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 27 minutes
% Working from Home 3.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.5%
% Using Public Transportation 2.2%


People Living Alone 25.2%
Median Gross Rent $1,198
Median House Value $343,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 13.1%
US/American 0%
English 8.8%
Irish 18.9%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Shelton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 6 miles N of Milford, Connecticut (center to center)
Nearest Large City 61 miles NE of New York, New York
County Fairfield
Standard Zip Codes 06484
Phone Area Codes 203
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.316
Longitude -73.093

Shelton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 10.6 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 37 F
Apr Temp 41 to 57 F
Jul Temp 66 to 82 F
Oct Temp 46 to 63 F
Annual Precip 44.1 inches
Distance 11.6 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 35 F
Apr Temp 37 to 57 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 41 to 62 F
Annual Precip 52.7 inches
Distance 24.3 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 34 F
Apr Temp 33 to 58 F
Jul Temp 58 to 83 F
Oct Temp 36 to 62 F
Annual Precip 51 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Ansonia 19,035 $61,585
Bridgeport 147,340 $45,848
Derby 12,796 $64,134
Milford 53,206 $99,856
New Haven 130,612 $45,540
West Haven 55,189 $64,358

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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Serves 1,731 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.5

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Serves 91 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7.5

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