Shelby, North Carolina Population 2021

20,026
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Shelby is a city located in Cleveland County North Carolina. With a 2020 population of 20,026, it is the 47th largest city in North Carolina and the 1853rd largest city in the United States . Shelby is currently declining at a rate of 0.00% annually and its population has decreased by -1.46% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 20,323 in 2010. Shelby reached it's highest population of in . Spanning over 22 miles, Shelby has a population density of 898 people per square mile.

The average household income in Shelby is $54,384 with a poverty rate of 25.91%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $707 per month, and the median house value is $119,300. The median age in Shelby is 44.7 years, 44 years for males, and 45.4 years for females.

Shelby Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Shelbywas:

  • White: 59.43%
  • Black or African American: 37.32%
  • Two or more races: 1.58%
  • Other race: 1.17%
  • Asian: 0.42%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.07%
  • Native American: 0.00%
The current population of Shelby, North Carolina is 20,026 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 20,026.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 20,323.

Shelby, North Carolina Population 2021

2020 and 2021 population is estimated by projecting the 2019 numbers.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
202198,8034280.43%
202098,3754280.44%
201997,9474280.44%
201897,5193850.39%
201797,1341740.18%
201696,9601100.11%
201596,850-159-0.16%
201497,0091360.14%
201396,873-444-0.46%
201297,317-125-0.13%
201197,442-475-0.49%
201097,9170.00%

Shelby Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White11,89059.43%
Black or African American7,46737.32%
Two or More Races3171.58%
Some Other Race2341.17%
Asian850.42%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander140.07%
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Shelby Population by Race

Shelby Population Pyramid $2021

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Shelby Median Age

44.7


Total

44


Male

45.4


Female

Shelby Adults

There are 15,621 adults, (4,015 of whom are seniors) in Shelby.

Shelby Age Dependency

72.4

Age Dependency Ratio

34.6

Old Age Dependency Ratio

37.8

Child Dependency Ratio

Shelby Sex Ratio

Female

11,133

55.65%

Male

8,874

44.35%

Shelby Population by Age

Shelby Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Shelby Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Female29.9%70.1%
Male34.2%65.8%
Non Family44.5%55.5%
All51.3%48.7%
Married74.4%25.6%

51.3%

Rate of Home Ownership

Shelby Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All8,0132.4851.3
Non Family3,1261.1144.5
Married2,7732.9874.4
Female1,4593.9329.9
Male6553.6134.2

3.25

Average Family Size

2.48

Average Household Size

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Shelby Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade6854.75%
9th to 12th Grade1,60611.14%
High School Graduate4,48131.08%
Some College2,81519.52%
Associates Degree1,3479.34%
Bachelors Degree2,12614.75%
Graduate Degree1,3589.42%
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Shelby Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Shelby Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White9,1507,9592,921
Black4,6663,688472
Hispanic44131919
Other Race234200
2+ Races11311352
Asian484820

The highest rate of high school graduation is among asian people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among 2+ races people with a rate of 46.02%.

Shelby Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$30,000$40,245$25,128
Less Than 9th Grade$25,140$27,181$17,885
High School Graduate$22,026$24,819$19,031
Some College$27,456$35,905$25,281
Bachelors Degree$42,000$54,639$32,591
Graduate Degree$53,438$68,170$48,158

$30,000

Average Earnings

$40,245

Average Male

$25,128

Average Female

Shelby Earnings by Educational Attainment

Shelby Language by Age

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Shelby Language

95.45% of Shelby residents speak only English, while 4.55% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 3.50% of the population.

Shelby Language

Shelby Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black7,4672,90938.96%
White11,4272,03417.80%
Multiple31713743.22%
Hispanic6807911.62%
Islander1414100.00%
Asian851315.29%
Other23431.28%

25.91%

Overall Poverty Rate

23.39%

Male Poverty Rate

27.91%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Shelby

The race most likely to be in poverty in Shelby is Islander, with 100.00% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Shelby is Other, with 1.28% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.44%. Among those working part-time, it was 29.48%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 32.82%.

Shelby Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade36.99%
High School22.54%
Some College19.70%
Bachelors or Greater9.67%

Shelby Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Male Unemployed39.27%
Female Unemployed35.36%
Female Employed15.53%
Male Employed5.72%

Shelby Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Shelby Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$38,559$54,384
Families$45,942$69,674
Married Families$70,786-
Non Families$21,476$28,745
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Income by Household Type

Shelby Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

37.8%

Overall Marriage Rate

42.2%

Male Marriage Rate

34.3%

Female Marriage Rate

Shelby Married by Age and Sex

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Shelby Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Shelby Marital Status by Race

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Shelby Marital Status

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1,284

Number of Veterans

1,130

Male Veterans

154

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam437
First Gulf War253
Korea176
Second Gulf War89
World War II49

Shelby Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
75+400
55 to 64295
65 to 74252
35 to 54249
18 to 3488

Shelby Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White9519.61%
Black3306.38%
Hispanic30.67%
Other Race31.28%

Shelby Veterans by Race

Shelby Veterans by Education

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17.07%

Veteran Poverty Rate

39.28%

Veteran Disability Rate

Shelby Veterans by Education

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54.1%

Labor Force Participation

49.1%

Employment Rate

9.2%

Unemployment Rate

Shelby Employment by Age

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Shelby Employment by Race

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Shelby Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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70.22%

Born in Shelby

97.32%

Native Born

2.68%

Foreign Born

0.83%

Non Citizen

1.85%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

97.32% of Shelby residents were born in the United States, with 70.22% having been born in North Carolina. 0.83% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Shelby Place of Birth

Note: 2020 and 2021 data is projected
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202120,0260.00%
202020,0260.00%
201920,0260.00%
201820,02620.01%
201720,024-7-0.03%
201620,031140.07%
201520,017-91-0.45%
201420,108-7-0.03%
201320,115-89-0.44%
201220,204120.06%
201120,192-125-0.62%
201020,3178400.42%
200019,4774,8082.88%
199014,669-641-0.43%
198015,310-1,018-0.64%
197016,328-1,370-0.80%
196017,6982,1901.33%
195015,5081,4711.00%
194014,0373,2482.67%
193010,7897,18011.57%
19203,6094821.44%
19103,1270.00%

Shelby Population by Year