Shelby, NC Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Shelby, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The City of Shelby had a population of 20,631 as of July 1, 2016.

The primary coordinate point for Shelby is located at latitude 35.2879 and longitude -81.5411 in Cleveland County. The formal boundaries for the City of Shelby (see map below) encompass a land area of 21.1 sq. miles and a water area of 0.04 sq. miles. Cleveland County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 860 feet.

The City of Shelby (GNIS ID: 2405454) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Shelby is located within , a minor civil division (MCD) of Cleveland County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Shelby population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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Shelby, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 20,631
Population in Households 20,186
Population in Familes 15,741
Population in Group Qrtrs 445
Population Density1 978
Diversity Index2 57


Total Households 8,728
Average Household Size 2.31
Family Households 5,327
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 10,146 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 4,555 (44.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 4,173 (41.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,418 (14.0%)
Median Home Value $116,002
Average Home Value $148,606


Median Household Income $32,690
Average Household Income $48,034
Per Capita Income $20,781
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.24% 0.12%
Households 0.29% 0.15%
Families 0.23% 0.05%
Median Household Income   2.24%
Per Capita Income   1.62%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Shelby, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Shelby to the other 739 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in North Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 46 94th
Population Density1 # 231 69th
Diversity Index2 # 237 68th
Median Household Income # 577 22nd
Per Capita Income # 424 43rd

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