Shelton community Info

Shelton community Info

The City of Shelton, population 40,000 and covering 31.4 square miles, is home to the Jones Family Farms, where families come to pick delicious raspberries and strawberries in the summer, find that perfect pumpkin in the fall, and cut the greatest Christmas tree ever for the holidays. There’s even a Jones Winery and Tasting Room for adults to enjoy.

Shelton is located in Fairfield County and is a small city nestled in the lower Naugatuck River Valley region. It is just inland from the Long Island Sound at the confluence of the Housatonic and Naugatuck Rivers. It borders Stratford to the south, Trumbull and Monroe to the west, and the Housatonic River to the northwest. It is approximately 90 minutes from New York City by either car or train. Route 8 traverses Shelton, which connects to I-95 and the Merritt Parkway to the south, and to Route 84 to the north.

Shelton was originally a farming community and stone walls that lined the homesteads, fields, and woods can still be seen today. Shelton gradually developed an industrial base in its downtown section, as well as along the Housatonic River. In 1975, one of the largest arson fires in the United States’ history destroyed the Sponge Rubber Products plant on Canal Street along with other nearby sections of the City.

Today, downtown Shelton enjoys a major revitalization, which includes the 10-acre Shelton River Walk and Veteran’s Memorial Park. Two of the 19th Century factory buildings are now renovated condominium complexes. A total of over $100 million dollars in private investments goes towards the rebuilding of downtown Shelton. Other parts of the City also are seeing significant commercial growth, especially along Commerce Drive, with its many award-winning corporate park structures, The Renaissance apartment complex, and Bridgeport Avenue.

Smart residential development combined with a progressive business environment allows Shelton to have one of the lowest property tax rates of any other towns and/or cities in the area. In 2000, the National Civic League honored Shelton as an “All-American City.”

Shelton’s housing reflects the flavors of rural and urban living. Both newer and older homes, apartments and condominiums are available. A number of developers have recently built outstanding residential neighborhoods in the community. One of the best-known neighborhoods, “The Berries,” is located in the Huntington section of the City. More new homes continue to be built in Shelton today than in any neighboring towns. 

Shelton’s maintains its long and ongoing agricultural heritage with over 2,000 acres of farmland. In addition to the Jones Family Farms, other farms open to the public include Beardsley Organic Community Farm, Birdseye Sugar Grove, Fairview Tree Farm, Hubbell Farm, and Wells Hollow Farms. The Shelton Farmer’s Market, located downtown, is open every Saturday during the summer, and features products from each farm.

Shelton has over 150 acres of developed parks. The parks contain 12 public playgrounds with supervised programs during the summer months. In the past several years, the City has acquired an additional 500 acres of open space. The Shelton Community Center, located in the Huntington area, contains a 25-yard, eight-lane indoor swimming pool, an indoor basketball court, and two weight rooms. The City’s outdoor sports complexes offer tennis courts, and athletic fields for baseball, softball, basketball, soccer, and football. The mighty Housatonic River, Shelton’s most precious natural resource, provides recreational activities, such as boating, fishing, and swimming, as well as hiking and picnicking along the western bank of the River. Shelton has over 20 miles of hiking and walking trails, all maintained by local volunteers. The State-owned Indian Well State Park, located within Shelton, is a favorite community destination. Golfers enjoy two private golf courses—the 18-hole Bronson Country Club and the 9-hole Highland Golf Club. 

The Shelton Public School system consists of six elementary schools, a middle school, and a senior high school. There are two private parochial schools, St. Lawrence School, Grades K to 8th grade, and St. Joseph School, also Grades K to 8th grade. Shelton has numerous places of worship.