Shelby, MI
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Shelby is a very small village located in the state of Michigan. With a population of 2,018 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Shelby is the 348th largest community in Michigan.

Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, Shelby is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 50.00% of the Shelby workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 27.7%. Overall, Shelby is a village of production and manufacturing workers, sales and office workers, and transportation and shipping workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Shelby who work in office and administrative support (10.59%), farm management occupations (10.59%), and management occupations (6.84%).

Another important characteristic of Shelby is that a lot of people work in agricultural jobs, especially compared to most other communities in America, and there are quite a number of farms in town.

One of the benefits of Shelby is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 18.69 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

Being a small village, Shelby does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.

The percentage of people in Shelby with college degrees is quite a bit lower than the national average for cities and towns of 21.84%: just 12.41% of people over 25 have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Shelby in 2010 was $16,315, which is low income relative to Michigan and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $65,260 for a family of four. However, Shelby contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Shelby is an extremely ethnically-diverse village. The people who call Shelby home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Shelby residents report their race to be White, followed by Native American. Shelby also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 39.68% of the village’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Shelby include English, Irish, Dutch, and Scottish.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Shelby's cultural character, accounting for 16.98% of the village’s population.

The most common language spoken in Shelby is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Indic languages.

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