Shelby, MT
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Shelby is a very small city located in the state of Montana. With a population of 3,268 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Shelby is the 25th largest community in Montana.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Shelby is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Shelby is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Shelby who work in office and administrative support (13.85%), healthcare suport services (8.54%), and sales jobs (8.00%).

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 15.62 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

As is often the case in a small city, Shelby doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.

In terms of college education, the citizens of Shelby rank slightly lower than the national average. 14.91% of adults 25 and older in Shelby have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree, while 21.84% of adults have a 4-year degree or higher in the average American community.

The per capita income in Shelby in 2010 was $20,378, which is lower middle income relative to Montana and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $81,512 for a family of four. However, Shelby contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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. Important ancestries of people in Shelby include Irish, Norwegian, English, and French Canadian.

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

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