Shelbyville, TN
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Shelbyville is a medium-sized city located in the state of Tennessee. With a population of 21,317 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Shelbyville is the 32nd largest community in Tennessee.

Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, Shelbyville is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 41.43% of the Shelbyville workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 27.7%. Overall, Shelbyville is a city of sales and office workers, production and manufacturing workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Shelbyville who work in office and administrative support (12.89%), sales jobs (8.39%), and maintenance occupations (8.24%).

Shelbyville 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.

In Shelbyville, just 8.20% of people over 25 hold a college degree, which is very low compared to the rest of the nation, whereas the average among all cities is 21.84%.

The per capita income in Shelbyville in 2010 was $15,446, which is low income relative to Tennessee and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $61,784 for a family of four. Shelbyville also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 32.73% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Shelbyville is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Shelbyville home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Shelbyville residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Shelbyville also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 21.83% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Shelbyville include English, German, Italian, and Dutch.

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