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 20,317 in 2010. Spanning over 22 miles, Shelby has a population density of 898 people per square mile.
The average household income in Shelby is $54,384 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.