Shelby, NC Profile: Facts & Data


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Shelby, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The City of Shelby had a population of 20,627 as of July 1, 2018.

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.

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Shelby, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 20,627
Population in Households 20,168
Population in Familes 15,784
Population in Group Qrtrs 459
Population Density2 978
Diversity Index3 57


Median Household Income $35,083
Average Household Income $51,862
Per Capita Income $22,316


Total Housing Units 10,141 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 4,367 (43.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 4,320 (42.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,454 (14.3%)
Median Home Value $124,115
Average Home Value $156,888


Total Households 8,687
Average Household Size 2.32
Family Households 5,286
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population 0.18% 0.19%
Households 0.16% 0.19%
Families 0.08% 0.09%
Median Household Income   0.99%
Per Capita Income   1.51%

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, 2018 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 # 45 94th
Population Density # 230 69th
Diversity Index # 231 69th
Median Household Income # 583 21st
Per Capita Income # 432 42nd

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