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Shelby, NC
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Shelby profile

Living in Shelby

Shelby is a medium-sized city located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 21,855 people and 12 associated neighborhoods, Shelby is the 45th largest community in North Carolina.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 9.25% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

Shelby is a small city, and as such doesn't have a public transit system that people use to get to and from their jobs every day.

The population of Shelby overall has a level of education that is slightly above the US average for all US cities and towns of 21.84%. Of adults 25 and older in Shelby, 24.43% have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Shelby in 2018 was $28,414, 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 $113,656 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, German, Irish, Scots-Irish, and European.

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