Shelby, NC Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Shelby, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The City of Shelby had a population of 20,345 as of July 1, 2017.

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, 2017.

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Shelby, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 20,345
Daytime Population: Workers 19,696
Daytime Population: Residents 11,967
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 31,663
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.56
Population in Households 19,885
Population in Familes 15,464
Population in Group Qrtrs 460
Population Density2 964
Diversity Index3 57


Median Household Income $34,077
Average Household Income $51,043
Per Capita Income $21,959


Total Housing Units 10,090 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 4,414 (43.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 4,146 (41.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,530 (15.2%)
Median Home Value $118,486
Average Home Value $149,870


Total Households 8,560
Average Household Size 2.32
Family Households 5,206
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.01% -0.13%
Households -0.02% -0.15%
Families -0.12% -0.26%
Median Household Income   1.63%
Per Capita Income   3.09%

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, 2017 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 Density # 236 68th
Diversity Index # 232 69th
Median Household Income # 572 23rd
Per Capita Income # 400 46th

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