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.
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 sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Shelby who work in office and administrative support (13.47%), sales jobs (10.23%), and teaching (8.41%).
The education level of Shelby citizens is a little higher than the average for US cities and towns: 21.71% of adults in Shelby have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Shelby in 2010 was $20,585, 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 $82,340 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 French Creole.