Jim Shepherd

Broker/Administrator

Welcome to Mason County



On behalf of Prudential Northwest Real Estate, welcome to the magnificent Northwest and to the natural beauty and friendly neighborhoods of South Puget Sound. Close enough to the big cities for easy access by car or ferry, but also removed from freeway congestion and city stress, we enjoy a peaceful and prosperous lifestyle in harmony with the brilliant blues and greens of our land, skies and waterways. 

                                         

  

The Realtors of Prudential Northwest are proud to make South Sound our home, and we welcome you to make it yours, too.  From our office in Shelton, we would be delighted to introduce you to neighborhoods that suit your taste and lifestyle.  From golf course communities, to secluded country or waterfront homes, you’ll be pleased with the diversity our communities offer, the reasonable cost of living, and the friendliness of the people here.  You’ll feel right at home.    

  

               

 

Scenic beauty and a variety of outdoor activities make Mason County a unique place to work and live.  Thrilling mountain vistas, 28 spectacular lakes and 5 golf courses to choose from make this a favored Washington destination for outdoor activities.  Surrounded by the Puget Sound, Hood Canal, and the Olympic Mountain range, Mason County offers fresh shellfish, salmon fishing, crabbing, and shrimping while the adventurous can take advantage of rugged hiking and biking trails, kayaking and deep saltwater diving.  All can enjoy the breathtaking views around every corner.  Our history and economics have long been linked to timber and fishing, although recent decades have brought increased diversification and economic growth.  Whether you are moving here to work, retire, or improve your quality of life, we welcome you to our little corner of paradise!      

 

                                      

Mason County History


From the Shelton Mason Chamber of Commerce -- http://sheltonchamber.org/community-information/mason-county/history/

History of Mason County

Exploration of the area in the late 1700s and early 1800s was limited to a few hardy individuals like Captain George Vancouver who explored and named Hood Canal, and the Wilkes expedition which explored the Puget Sound waters.


Thomas Webb and Franklin Purdy became the first known settlers to move into the area. As a result of their 1851 settlement of the Skokomish Valley, the doors of the area seemed to open up. Mason County was created and organized a few years later when the Washington Territorial Legislature divided Thurston County. For the first ten years of existence, the county was called Sahewamish County. In 1864, the name was changed to Mason in honor of honorable Charles H. Mason, the first Washington secretary.

As the forest industry began to develop, so did the logging camps and sawmills that harvested and cut the rough timber. By the end of the 1850s there were several mills operating throughout Mason County.

By 1887 three railroads were operating and moving timber within the borders of Mason County.

Farming, fishing and the oyster industry were also beginning in other areas of the county at that time. The first shipment of oysters from Oyster Bay left Kamilche in 1878.

By 1888, Shelton had grown into a fair-sized city with a newspaper, schools, hotels, a funeral home and railroads. Many other communities like Union, Allyn and Matlock began to thrive at the same time and continue to be active.

 

Economic Data for Zip Code 98584

Household Income Graph

1218 1042 841 912 809 887 906 822 1158 1124 1658 1444 742 314 128 79
0-10k 10k-15k 15k-20k 20k-25k 25k-30k 30k-35k 35k-40k 40k-45k 45k-50k 50k-60k 60k-75k 75k-100k 100k-125k 125k-150k 150k-200k 200k +

Household Income

Estimated Values (2011)
Median Income: $43,718
Average Income: $42,454
Per Capita Income $15,927
Projected Values (2016)
Median Income: $37,548
Average Income: $40,648
Per Capita Income $15,211

Own / Rent

Estimated Values (2011)
Total Home Owners: 10,369
Total Renters: 3,436
Renters: 25% Owners: 75%
Projected Values (2016)
Total Home Owners: 10,552
Total Renters: 3,605
Renters: 25% Owners: 75%

Household Size

Estimated Values (2011)
Average Household Size: 2.5
One Person Households: 3,692
Total Families: 9,313
Total Housing Units: 17,059
Vacant Housing Units: 3,254
Projected Values (2016)
Average Household Size: 2.5
One Person Households: 4,447
Total Families: 9,704
Total Housing Units: 17,749
Vacant Housing Units: 3,592

Note: Household Income figures are based on total household income.

Demographics Data for Zip Code 98584

Age Range

Number of people in this zip code by age.

Total 36,634
Age 0-14 6,137
Age 15-24 4,611
Age 25-39 6,636
Age 40-59 9,459
Age 60-79 7,544
Age 80+ 3,147
1811 2168 2158 2293 2318 2252 2186 2198 2193 2385 2491 2390 2187 1968 1797 1592 1350 1797
0-4 5-9 10-14 15-19 20-24 25-29 30-34 35-39 40-44 45-49 50-54 55-59 60-64 65-69 70-74 75-79 80-84 85+

Population Data for Zip Code 98584

Population Change

Estimated Change 2011
2.4%
Projected Change 2016
13.8%
36,634 37,533 41,688
2010 Census 2011 Estimated 2016 Projected

Population Density

(People per square mile)
Estimated (Current): 109
Projected (2016): 121

Households

Total (2010 Census): 13,757
Estimated (Present): 14,081
Projected (2016): 15,600
Household Change (2010-Present)
2.4%
Household Change (2010-2016)
13.4%

Notes:

  • Figures in the Population Change graph represent total population for the zip code.
  • Estimated Change 2011 shows the percentage of population change between the 2010 Census and 2011.
  • Projected Change 2016 shows the projected percentage of population change between the 2010 Census and 2016.

 

Public Schools in Zip Code 98584

NameDistrictGradesAddressCityStudents
GARRET HEYNS HIGH SCHOOL CENTRALIA COLLEGE 8th-12th 2321 WEST DAYTON AIRPOROUTE RD SHELTON 1
MASON COUNTY DETENTION CENTER SHELTON SCHOOL DISTRICT 7th-12th 411 NORTH 5TH ST SHELTON 12
SHELTON HIGH SCHOOL SHELTON SCHOOL DISTRICT 10th-12th 3737 SHELTON SPRINGS RD SHELTON 1,159

OLYMPIC MIDDLE SCHOOL SHELTON SCHOOL DISTRICT 6th-7th 800 EAST K ST SHELTON 512
PIONEER INTERMEDIATE/MIDDLE SCHL PIONEER SCHOOL DISTRICT 4th-8th 611 EAST AGATE RD SHELTON 408

CHOICE ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL SHELTON SCHOOL DISTRICT K-12th 807 WEST PINE ST SHELTON 232
HOOD CANAL ELEM & JUNIOR HIGH HOOD CANAL SCHOOL DISTRICT PreK-9th 111 NORTH HWY 106 SHELTON 303
OAKLAND BAY JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL SHELTON SCHOOL DISTRICT 8th-9th 3301 SHELTON SPRINGS RD SHELTON 713

BORDEAUX ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SHELTON SCHOOL DISTRICT PreK-5th 350 EAST UNIVERSITY AVE SHELTON 497
EVERGREEN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SHELTON SCHOOL DISTRICT PreK-5th 900 WEST FRANKLIN ST SHELTON 449
MOUNTAIN VIEW ELEMENTARY SHELTON SCHOOL DISTRICT PreK-5th 534 EAST K ST SHELTON 690
PIONEER PRIMARY SCHOOL PIONEER SCHOOL DISTRICT PreK-3rd 110 EAST SPENCER LAKE RD SHELTON 357
SOUTHSIDE ELEMENTARY SOUTHSIDE SCHOOL DISTRICT K-7th 161 SE COLLIER RD SHELTON 233

Private Schools in Zip Code 98584

NameGradesAddressCityStudents
ABBA'S GARDEN ACADEMY 1st-12th E 101 LAKEWAY DR Shelton 9
MASON COUNTY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL PreK-8th 470 E Eagle Ridge Dr Shelton 172
SHELTON VALLEY ADVENTIST SCHOO 1st-8th W 201 Shelton Valley Rd Shelton 15

 


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