Shelby County, Kentucky Population 2024

49,498

Shelby County, Kentucky's estimated 2024 population is 49,498 with a growth rate of 0.62% in the past year according to the most recent United States census data. Shelby County, Kentucky is the 20th largest county in Kentucky. The 2010 population was 42,222 and has seen a growth of 17.23% since that time.

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
202951,0283060.6%
202850,7223060.61%
202750,4163060.61%
202650,1103060.61%
202549,8043060.62%
202449,4983060.62%
202349,1923060.63%
202248,8863060.63%
202148,5803370.7%
202048,243-779-1.59%
201949,0229491.97%
201848,0738571.82%
201747,2166371.37%
201646,5797411.62%
201545,8387031.56%
201445,1356281.41%
201344,5078031.84%
201243,7048131.9%
201142,8916691.58%
201042,222
199024,8241,4966.41%
198023,3284,32922.79%
197018,9995062.74%
196018,4935813.24%
195017,9121530.86%
194017,759800.45%
193017,679-853-4.6%
192018,5324912.72%
191018,041-299-1.63%
190018,3401,81911.01%
189016,521-292-1.74%
188016,8131,0806.86%
187015,733-700-4.26%
186016,433-662-3.87%
185017,095-673-3.79%
184017,768-1,262-6.63%
183019,030-2,017-9.58%
182021,0476,17041.47%
181014,8776,68681.63%
18008,191-42,837-83.95%
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2024 Growth Rate
0.62% (306)
County Website
Shelby County
County Seat
2010 Population
42,222
Area
380 mi²
Density
130 people/mi²
Growth Since 2010
17.23% (7,276)
Founded
1792

Shelby County, Kentucky Population 2024

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White39,98883.13%
Two or more races3,7247.74%
Black or African American2,4925.18%
Other race1,3082.72%
Asian5371.12%
Native American560.12%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
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White

Two or more races

Black or African American

Other race

Asian

Native American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Shelby County, Kentucky Population by Race

Shelby County, Kentucky Population Pyramid 2024

Shelby County, Kentucky Median Age

40.6

Total

39.2

Male

42.2

Female

Shelby County, Kentucky Adults

There are 37,427 adults, (7,848 of whom are seniors) in Shelby County, Kentucky.

Shelby County, Kentucky Age Dependency

62.6

Age Dependency Ratio

26.5

Old Age Dependency Ratio

36.1

Child Dependency Ratio

Shelby County, Kentucky Sex Ratio

Female24,38650.69%
Male23,71949.31%

Shelby County, Kentucky Population by Age

Shelby County, Kentucky Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All17,5902.6672.927.1
Married10,4663.1384.715.3
Non Family4,6831.2663.236.8
Female1,6253.4541.458.6
Male8163.0739.560.5
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3.08

Average Family Size

2.66

Average Household Size

72.9%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Shelby County, Kentucky Households and Families

Male

Female

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Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Shelby County, Kentucky Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Shelby County, Kentucky Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 92.03%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 45.38%.

Shelby County, Kentucky Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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$44,771

Average Earnings

$52,415

Average Male

$37,770

Average Female

Shelby County, Kentucky Earnings by Educational Attainment

Shelby County, Kentucky Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Shelby County, Kentucky Language

89.93% of Shelby County, Kentucky residents speak only English, while 10.07% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 8.06% of the population.

Shelby County, Kentucky Language

Shelby County, Kentucky Poverty by Race

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
White37,2902,8457.63%
Hispanic4,4633527.89%
Black2,3942048.52%
Multiple3,5941774.92%
Asian53116631.26%
Other1,186826.91%
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7.92%

Overall Poverty Rate

6.32%

Male Poverty Rate

9.51%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Shelby County, Kentucky

The race most likely to be in poverty in Shelby County, Kentucky is Asian, with 31.26% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Shelby County, Kentucky is Multiple, with 4.92% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.39%. Among those working part-time, it was 6.75%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 16.72%.

Shelby County, Kentucky Poverty

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade22.09%
High School9.29%
Some College4.51%
Bachelors or Greater1.06%
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Shelby County, Kentucky Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Male Unemployed24.4%
Female Unemployed22.93%
Female Employed3.84%
Male Employed2.14%
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Shelby County, Kentucky Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Shelby County, Kentucky Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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mean

median

Income by Household Type

Shelby County, Kentucky Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

57.2%

Overall Marriage Rate

60.8%

Male Marriage Rate

53.8%

Female Marriage Rate

Shelby County, Kentucky Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Shelby County, Kentucky Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 55-64, while the female age group most likely to be married is 55-64.

Shelby County, Kentucky Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Shelby County, Kentucky Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

2,932

Number of Veterans

2,557

Male Veterans

375

Female Veterans

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Shelby County, Kentucky Veterans by War

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Shelby County, Kentucky Veterans by Age

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Shelby County, Kentucky Veterans by Race

Shelby County, Kentucky Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

1.48%

Veteran Poverty Rate

24.54%

Veteran Disability Rate

Shelby County, Kentucky Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

65%

Labor Force Participation

62.6%

Employment Rate

3.3%

Unemployment Rate

Shelby County, Kentucky Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Shelby County, Kentucky Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Shelby County, Kentucky Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

67.32%

Born in Shelby County, Kentucky

94.1%

Native Born

5.9%

Foreign Born

4.1%

Non Citizen

1.81%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

94.1% of Shelby County, Kentucky residents were born in the United States, with 67.32% having been born in Kentucky. 4.1% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Shelby County, Kentucky Place of Birth

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