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.

Shelby is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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 (12.49%), maintenance occupations (10.08%), and sales jobs (8.05%).

The city is relatively quiet, having a combination of lower population density and few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. For example, Shelby has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Shelby a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.

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 15.00 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.

The rate of college-level education in Shelby is quite a bit lower than the national average among all cities of 21.84%: just 12.55% of people here over 25 have a bachelor's degree or an advanced degree.

The per capita income in Shelby in 2010 was $19,161, which is lower middle income relative to Montana and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $76,644 for a family of four. However, Shelby contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Shelby is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. 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 Swedish.

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

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