Shelton, Washington

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Shelton, Washington
City
Mason County Court House in Shelton, Washington.
Mason County Court House in Shelton, Washington.
Nickname(s): "The Evergreen City"
Location of Shelton, Washington
Location of Shelton, Washington
Coordinates: 47°12′49″N 123°6′22″W / 47.21361°N 123.10611°W / 47.21361; -123.10611Coordinates: 47°12′49″N 123°6′22″W / 47.21361°N 123.10611°W / 47.21361; -123.10611
Country United States
State Washington
County Mason
Area[1]
 • Total 6.09 sq mi (15.77 km2)
 • Land 5.76 sq mi (14.92 km2)
 • Water 0.33 sq mi (0.85 km2)
Elevation 23 ft (7 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 9,834
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 9,800
 • Density 1,707.3/sq mi (659.2/km2)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 98584
Area code(s) 360
FIPS code 53-63735
GNIS feature ID 1528429[4]
Website www.ci.shelton.wa.us

Shelton is the county seat of Mason County, Washington, United States.[5] Shelton is the westernmost city on Puget Sound. The population was 9,834 at the 2010 census. In terms of population, the city is ranked 161 out of approximately 500 municipalities in Washington. Shelton has a unique form of government in the State of Washington, being the only city in the state which still retains the commission form of government.

History[edit]

David Shelton, 1812–1897
Simpson lumber mill in Shelton, on the Oakland Bay, viewed from the south-east.

Shelton was officially incorporated in 1890. Formerly called Sheltonville, the city was named after David Shelton, a delegate to the territorial legislature.[6]

Shelton was once served by a small fleet of steamboats which was part of the Puget Sound Mosquito Fleet. These boats included the Old Settler, Irene, Willie, City of Shelton, Marian, Clara Brown, and S.G. Simpson.[7] The economy was built around logging, farming, dairying and ranching as well as oyster cultivation.[6] The Simpson Timber Company mill on Puget Sound's Oakland Bay continues to dominate the landscape of the downtown area. Shelton also identifies itself as the "Christmas Tree Capital".

Formally incorporated in the 1890s, Shelton's municipal government is run in the Mayor/Commission form.[8] It is the last city in the State of Washington to use this form of government.

Geography[edit]

Shelton is located at 47°12′49″N 123°6′22″W / 47.21361°N 123.10611°W / 47.21361; -123.10611 (47.213702, −123.106088).[9]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.09 square miles (15.77 km2), of which, 5.76 square miles (14.92 km2) is land and 0.33 square miles (0.85 km2) is water.[1]

Climate data for Shelton, Washington (1971–2000)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 45.3
(7.4)
48.9
(9.4)
54.2
(12.3)
59.9
(15.5)
66.9
(19.4)
71.6
(22)
77.3
(25.2)
77.6
(25.3)
72.3
(22.4)
61.0
(16.1)
50.2
(10.1)
44.6
(7)
60.82
(16.01)
Daily mean °F (°C) 39.1
(3.9)
41.4
(5.2)
45.1
(7.3)
49.4
(9.7)
55.5
(13.1)
60.0
(15.6)
64.5
(18.1)
64.8
(18.2)
59.8
(15.4)
51.0
(10.6)
43.3
(6.3)
38.7
(3.7)
51.05
(10.59)
Average low °F (°C) 32.9
(0.5)
33.8
(1)
35.9
(2.2)
38.8
(3.8)
44.1
(6.7)
48.4
(9.1)
51.7
(10.9)
52.0
(11.1)
47.3
(8.5)
40.9
(4.9)
36.4
(2.4)
32.8
(0.4)
41.25
(5.12)
Precipitation inches (mm) 9.91
(251.7)
8.52
(216.4)
6.85
(174)
4.48
(113.8)
2.62
(66.5)
1.80
(45.7)
0.99
(25.1)
1.24
(31.5)
2.47
(62.7)
5.26
(133.6)
10.57
(268.5)
10.98
(278.9)
65.69
(1,668.4)
Source: NOAA (normals, 1971–2000)[10]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 648
1900 833 28.5%
1910 1,163 39.6%
1920 984 −15.4%
1930 3,091 214.1%
1940 3,707 19.9%
1950 5,045 36.1%
1960 5,651 12.0%
1970 6,515 15.3%
1980 7,629 17.1%
1990 7,241 −5.1%
2000 8,442 16.6%
2010 9,834 16.5%
Est. 2012 9,800 −0.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[11]
2012 Estimate[12]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 9,834 people, 3,574 households, and 2,166 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,707.3 inhabitants per square mile (659.2 /km2). There were 3,847 housing units at an average density of 667.9 per square mile (257.9 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 78.9% White, 0.8% African American, 3.7% Native American, 1.1% Asian, 0.8% Pacific Islander, 9.9% from other races, and 4.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 19.2% of the population.

There were 3,574 households of which 35.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.1% were married couples living together, 15.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 39.4% were non-families. 31.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.23.

The median age in the city was 33.1 years. 26.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 10.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.5% were from 25 to 44; 21.9% were from 45 to 64; and 14.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.1% male and 50.9% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the 2000 census, there were 8,442 people, 3,191 households, and 2,035 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,519.4 people per square mile (586.2/km2). There were 3,403 housing units at an average density of 612.5 per square mile (236.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 85.83% White, 0.36% African American, 2.72% Native American, 1.17% Asian, 0.73% Pacific Islander, 5.77% from other races, and 3.41% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.87% of the population.

There were 3,191 households out of which 32.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.8% were married couples living together, 13.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.2% were non-families. 29.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.7% under the age of 18, 10.0% from 18 to 24, 26.2% from 25 to 44, 19.4% from 45 to 64, and 17.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 94.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $32,500, and the median income for a family was $40,392. Males had a median income of $33,867 versus $23,617 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,303. About 15.3% of families and 18.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.1% of those under age 18 and 6.9% of those age 65 or over.

Notable natives[edit]

Schools[edit]

The Shelton School District is composed of seven schools:[16]

  • Evergreen, Mountain View, and Bordeaux Elementary Schools teach kindergarten through fifth grade
  • Olympic Middle School teaches sixth and seventh grades
  • Oakland Bay Junior High teaches eighth and ninth grades
  • Shelton High School covers tenth, eleventh, and twelfth grades
  • CHOICE Alternative School teaches kindergarten through twelfth grade

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-12-19. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-12-19. 
  3. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-06-01. 
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  6. ^ a b "City of Shelton – Community". Retrieved February 7, 2008. 
  7. ^ Newell, Gordon R., Ships of the Inland Sea, at 165–66, Binford and Mort, Portland, OR (2nd Ed. 1960)
  8. ^ http://www.ci.shelton.wa.us/city_commission.php
  9. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  10. ^ "Climatography of the United States NO.81". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved January 11, 2011. 
  11. ^ United States Census Bureau. "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved October 11, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Retrieved October 11, 2013. 
  13. ^ Patch, Steve (January 22, 2004). "2003 Sports Year in Review". Shelton Mason County Journal. Archived from the original on March 27, 2008. 
  14. ^ IMDb: Jerry Lambert Retrieved on December 7, 2010
  15. ^ http://www.sports-reference.com/olympics/athletes/ke/karol-kennedy-1.html
  16. ^ "S.S.D. Schools". Retrieved November 4, 2009. [dead link]