Population: 19,798

Male 46% Female 54%
Married 55%
Single 45%

City rating

This rating is a weighted average of commute time, crime rate, population, median salary, and more.


Overall value

This score adds annual household income and cost of living to the city rating.


Density (Population per mile²)

Compared to New York, Shelby has a very low population density. Shelby is perfect for those who like a quiet city.

1,092 Shelby
27,441 New York

City Info

With a quality of life rating of 6/10 and an overall value of 6/10, there are many things to love about Shelby, NC, but there are also a few factors that may not be the best fit for everyone. Most homeowners will be happy in Shelby, but be sure to visit first to make sure it’s the best place for you.

Population density is a way of determining how crowded an area is. Shelby has a population density of 1,092, with 19,798 current residents.

Out of the 19,798 current residents, 46% are male and 54% are female. 55% of the residents are married and 45% are single.



Air quality

Best air quality


  • 60% Sun
  • 48% Rain
  • 6% Snow


59°F average temperature

  • 42 years Median home age
  • $74,940 Median home price
  • -10.48% Home appreciation rate
  • 7.99% Annual property tax
  • 50.9%
    Homes owned
  • 36%
    Homes rented
  • 13.1%
    Homes vacant


As for living in Shelby, the air quality is 84% and the weather, on average, is 60% sunny, 48% rainy, and 6% snowy. The average temperature is 59°F.

Whether you’re looking to buy or rent a home in Shelby, you should know that 50.9% of homes are owned while 36% of homes are rented, and 13.1% of homes are vacant. The median price of a home is $74,940, the median age of homes is 42 years, the annual home appreciation is -10.48% and the annual property tax is 7.99%.



Religious diversity

  • Crime rate (per 100,000)

  • Average age

  • Political majority

    Republican Republican


When looking at the community of Shelby, it’s important to determine the crime rate. Shelby’s crime rate is 7 total number of crimes reported per 100,000 total population. The average age of residents in Shelby is 41 years and the breakdown of political affiliations is 39.61% Democratic, 59.49% Republican, and 0.90% Independent.






Student teacher ratio 1:14


  • Management, Business, Art & Sciences
  • Sales & Office Occupations
  • Service Occupations
  • Production, Transportation & Material Moving
  • Natural Resources, Construction & Maintenance
  • 74%
    High school diploma
  • 6%
    Some college or associates degree
  • 12%
    Bachelors degree
  • 6%
    Graduate or professional degree


When looking at Shelby, it’s important to understand employment statistics. 15.10% of residents are unemployed in Shelby (which does not include the percentage of residents who are no longer in the labor force). Of the employed Shelby residents: 9.9% of employed residents work in the management and business field, 16.27% are in the arts and sciences field, 16.3% are in the customer service field, 24.1% are in the sales field, 0.40% work in farming, fishing, and forestry, 7.7% of employed residents work in the construction field, and 25.4% work in production. When it comes to education, the ratio of teachers to students is 1:14. The percentage of residents who have graduated high school is 73.57%, 6.13% of residents have an associate’s degree, 12.04% of residents have a bachelor’s degree, and 6.12% have a master’s degree.



Average commute time

Daily breakdown: by transport type

  • Public
  • Car
  • Carpool
  • Work at home


If you plan on commuting to work in Shelby, you should be aware that the average commute time is 21 minutes, compared to the national average commute time of 26 minutes. When it comes to commuting, residents of Shelby have a few different options. 79% of commuters use their own cars, 16% of commuters carpool, 0% of commuters use the transit system, and 2% of residents work from home.

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