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Shelton, Washington

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Welcome to Shelton ...

The coastal city of Shelton is located on the Olympic Peninsula.

Shelton is located in Mason County<1> and is the County Seat for Mason County.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Shelton has a population of 10,753 people<2> (see below for details).

The community of Shelton was established in 1889.

Shelton is 180 feet [55 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: Shelton lies in the Pacific Time Zone (PST/PDT) and observes daylight saving time

The area code for Shelton: (360)

The ZIP code for Shelton: 98584<4>

Websites for Shelton ...

Official Website:

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Shelton had an population of 10,753 people. This is an increase of 9.35% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 27.38% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Shelton had a population of 9,834 people (or 16.2% of the total population of Mason County). This makes Shelton the county's most populous community.

The population of Shelton represents 0.15% of the population of Washington (which has 6,724,540 people), making it the state's 79th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 9,834 people, the population of Shelton increased 16.49% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 8,442 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Shelton.

Communities Also Named Shelton ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 12 communities that are also named Shelton - they are located in Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia (2) and West Virginia.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Shelton.

Communities near Shelton ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Shelton.

  • Lacey [Thurston County]
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    • Lacey [Thurston County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<5> to the southeast of Shelton
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 54,178 people
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    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lacey<6>
  • Olympia [Thurston County]
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    • Olympia [Thurston County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<5> to the southeast of Shelton
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 53,620 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Olympia
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Olympia<6>
  • Tumwater [Thurston County]
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    • Tumwater [Thurston County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<5> to the southeast of Shelton
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 24,272 people
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    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Tumwater<6>
  • McCleary [Grays Harbor County]
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    • McCleary [Grays Harbor County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<5> to the southwest of Shelton
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,830 people
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    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for McCleary<6>
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Mohrweis [Mason County]
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      • Mohrweis [Mason County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<5> to the northwest of Shelton
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    • Skokomish [Mason County]
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      • Skokomish [Mason County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<5> to the north of Shelton
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    • Potlatch [Mason County]
    • Tahuya [Mason County]
    • McCleary Junction [Grays Harbor County]
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      • McCleary Junction [Grays Harbor County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<5> to the southwest of Shelton
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    • Herron Island [Pierce County]

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Shelton. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Shelton.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Shelton. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Shelton.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Shelton. Our list includes 12 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Shelton.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Shelton ...

Looking for more information about Shelton? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Shelton, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Shelton.

Adding Shelton to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Shelton in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Shelton was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Shelton on a map titled Auto Trails Map of Washington (1925).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Shelton on our Genealogy Page.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Washington

About Mason County

About Washington

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Shelton:

The official website for Mason County:

The official website for State of Washington:

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Washington's counties, including Mason, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Shelton.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Shelton - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Shelton). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Shelton or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Shelton) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Shelton. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from SheltonOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Shelton. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 47.2149, Longitude: -123.1047    
<6>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.






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