Shelby, situated in Cleveland County, is a city made up of 21.1 square miles.
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The town was in honor of Isaac Shelby, a Revolutionary War hero. The town was occupied by Confederate troops during the Civil War.
Dylann Roof, the 21 year old man who perpetrated the 2015 shootings of an African American church in Charleston, SC, was arrested by authorities in the town.
The median resident age in Shelby is 41 years. The median estimated household income is about $34,000 making it about $14,000 less than the North Carolina average.
The estimated per capita is about $22,000. The average price for a home in Shelby is about $125,000 (2015) which is $35,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $700 a month for rent.
The racial makeup of Shelby is 53% White, 39% Black, 1% Two or more races, and 7% other. 85% of the population are high school graduates, with 21% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 37% are married, 12% are divorced, 4% are separated, 11% are widowed, leaving 36% that have never been married.
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Shelby belongs to Cleveland County in the western part of North Carolina. The County, named after Colonel Benjamin Cleveland, is part of the Shelby, NC Micropolitan Statistical Area. Cleveland County has a population of 98,000 and its largest city Shelby, with a population of 20,000, is the county seat.
In 1841, the county was created from parts of Rutherford and Lincoln counties. Benjamin Cleveland, an American Revolutionary War colonel who fought in the Battle of King's Mountain, is who the county was named for. The county was spelled "Cleaveland" until 1887 when it was changed to it's modern spelling "Cleveland".
Cleveland County borders Burke, Lincoln, Gaston, York (South Carolina), Cherokee (South Carolina), and Rutherford counties.
Cleveland County is made up of 468 square miles. 464 of which is land with the remaining 4 as water.
The population of Shelby, NC is about 20,300. The population has been steadily increasing since the 1990's.
The elevation of Shelby, NC is 869 feet above sea level.
The zip code for Shelby, NC is 28150.
The area codes for Shelby, NC are 704 and 980.
Historically speaking Shelby and Cleveland County have voted mostly Republican, with 60% going to Mitt Romney during the 2012 Presidential Election. This represents the trend for the previous four or five elections.
As of 2010, 38% of the population are religiously unafiliated (Nones). About 61% are Protestants with Catholics making up around 1%.
The unemployment rate for Shelby is about 6% (2015), making it higher than the state average of around 5%. Production, sales, and maintenance make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.