Shelby, NC
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Shelby is a medium-sized city located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 20,189 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Shelby is the 43rd largest community in North Carolina.

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 professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Shelby who work in office and administrative support (12.18%), sales jobs (9.01%), and teaching (8.63%).

In terms of college education, Shelby is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 20.54% of adults 25 and older in Shelby have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Shelby in 2010 was $21,398, which is middle income relative to North Carolina, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $85,592 for a family of four. However, Shelby contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Shelby is an extremely 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 Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Shelby include English, Irish, Scots-Irish, and Italian.

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