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.

Shelby is a blue-collar town, with 50.00% of people working in blue-collar occupations, while the average in America is just 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%).

You will also find that a lot of people in Shelby work in agricultural jobs - much more than in the average community in America. This will be quite apparent if you drive around town, as much of the landscape is dedicated to farms.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Shelby spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 18.69 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the village are less than they would otherwise be.

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

The rate of college-level education in Shelby is quite a bit lower than the national average among all cities of 21.84%: just 12.41% of people here over 25 have a bachelor's degree or an 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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