Shelby, North Carolina Population 2020

20,038
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Shelby is a city located in North Carolina. With a 2020 population of 20,038, it is the 49th largest city in North Carolina and the 1849th largest city in the United States. Shelby is currently declining at a rate of 0.00% annually and its population has decreased by -1.40% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 20,323 in 2010. Shelby reached it's highest population of 20,316 in 2010. Spanning over 22 miles, Shelby has a population density of 898 people per square mile.

The average household income in Shelby is $54,643 with a poverty rate of 26.27%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $718 per month, and the median house value is $116,100. The median age in Shelby is 41.4 years, 41.1 years for males, and 42.1 years for females. For every 100 females there are 78.8 males.

Shelby Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Shelby was:

  • White: 60.07%
  • Black or African American: 37.00%
  • Two or more races: 1.39%
  • Asian: 0.73%
  • Other race: 0.65%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.11%
  • Native American: 0.05%
The current population of Shelby, North Carolina is 20,038, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 20,038.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 20,323.

Shelby, North Carolina Population 2020

Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202098,4794170.42%
201998,0624170.43%
201897,6454170.43%
201797,2282110.22%
201697,0171320.14%
201596,885-133-0.14%
201497,0181440.15%
201396,874-440-0.45%
201297,314-117-0.12%
201197,431-488-0.50%
201097,9190.00%

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White12,04560.07%
Black or African American7,42037.00%
Two or More Races2781.39%
Asian1460.73%
Some Other Race1310.65%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander230.11%
American Indian and Alaska Native100.05%
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Shelby Population Pyramid 2020

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Shelby Median Age

41.4


Total

41.1


Male

42.1


Female

Shelby Adults

There are 15,436 adults, (3,788 of whom are seniors) in Shelby.

Shelby Age Dependency

72.2

Age Dependency Ratio

32.5

Old Age Dependency Ratio

39.6

Child Dependency Ratio

Shelby Sex Ratio

Female

11,218

55.94%

Male

8,835

44.06%

Shelby Households and Families

Shelby Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Shelby Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married75.7%24.3%
All51.3%48.7%
Non Family44.4%55.6%
Male35.9%64.1%
Female26.6%73.4%

51.3%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All8,2022.4351.3
Non Family3,2601.1244.4
Married2,838375.7
Female1,5253.7826.6
Male5793.4235.9

3.18

Average Family Size

2.43

Average Household Size

3.8%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.7%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

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Shelby Education

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade7165.08%
9th to 12th Grade1,65911.77%
High School Graduate4,24130.10%
Some College2,62118.60%
Associates Degree1,4079.99%
Bachelors Degree2,13415.15%
Graduate Degree1,3129.31%
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Shelby Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Total High School Bachelors
White8,9237,6402,806
Black4,5733,532489
Hispanic37232129
Multiple Races14011158
Other Race131125
Asian10110164
Native American1010

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

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 63.37%.

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$30,139$39,145$24,637
Less Than High School$22,065$37,831$21,011
High School Grad$22,768$25,260$21,405
Some College$27,460$34,063$21,378
Bachelors Degree$44,938$56,208$40,247
Graduate Degree$51,172$66,406$45,588

$30,139

Average Earnings

$39,145

Average Male

$24,637

Average Female

Shelby Language

Shelby Language by Age

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Shelby Language

95.74% of Shelby residents speak only English, while 4.26% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 3.16% of the population.

Shelby Poverty

Shelby Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black7,3882,60835.30%
White11,3512,10118.51%
Hispanic83139247.17%
Multiple27811541.37%
Asian1465638.36%
Islander2323100.00%

26.27%

Overall Poverty Rate

23.23%

Male Poverty Rate

28.65%

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 White, with 18.51% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 5.21%. Among those working part-time, it was 30.19%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 33.18%.

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Name Poverty
Less Than High School41.89%
High School25.39%
Some College20.18%
Bachelors or Greater7.08%
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Name Poverty
Male Unemployed43.87%
Female Unemployed38.22%
Female Employed16.99%
Male Employed4.20%

Shelby Income

Shelby Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$36,192$54,643
Families$45,913$71,630
Married Families$70,425-
Non Families$21,312$27,521
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Shelby Marital Status

Shelby Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

38.5%

Overall Marriage Rate

42.9%

Male Marriage Rate

35.0%

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 55-64.

Shelby Marital Status by Race

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Shelby Veterans

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1,352

Number of Veterans

1,184

Male Veterans

168

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam487
First Gulf War247
Korea166
Second Gulf War145
World War II40
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Age Group Veterans
75+364
55 to 64313
65 to 74309
35 to 54216
18 to 34150
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Name Veterans % of Total
White1,05210.84%
Black2895.53%
2 or More115.26%

Shelby Veterans by Education

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11.69%

Veteran Poverty Rate

34.47%

Veteran Disability Rate

Shelby Employment Status

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54%

Labor Force Participation

48.4%

Employment Rate

10.3%

Unemployment Rate

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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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71.77%

Born in North Carolina

97.44%

Native Born

2.56%

Foreign Born

1.53%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

97.44% of Shelby residents were born in the United States, with 71.77% having been born in North Carolina. 1.53% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202020,0380.00%
201920,0380.00%
201820,038-3-0.01%
201720,0410.00%
201620,041200.10%
201520,021-87-0.43%
201420,108-5-0.02%
201320,113-89-0.44%
201220,202130.06%
201120,189-127-0.63%
201020,3168390.42%
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%