Shelby, NC

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2022 Population
21,712
0.686% 1-year growth
US Senator
Thom Tillis
Republican Party
US Senator
Ted Budd
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
43.4
5.24% 1-year decrease
2022 Poverty Rate
18.3%
3.92% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$46,176
11.1% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$151,900
5.71% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
9,396
1.64% 1-year decline

About

In 2022, Shelby, NC had a population of 21.7k people with a median age of 43.4 and a median household income of $46,176. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Shelby, NC grew from 21,564 to 21,712, a 0.686% increase and its median household income grew from $41,565 to $46,176, a 11.1% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Shelby, NC are White (Non-Hispanic) (55%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (33.5%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (5.85%), White (Hispanic) (2.18%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (1.18%).

None of the households in Shelby, NC reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

98.7% of the residents in Shelby, NC are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Shelby, NC are Cleveland Community College (1,010 degrees awarded in 2022).

In 2022, the median property value in Shelby, NC was $151,900, and the homeownership rate was 60.5%.

Most people in Shelby, NC drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 22.4 minutes. The average car ownership in Shelby, NC was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Shelby, NC is home to a population of 21.7k people, from which 98.7% are citizens. As of 2022, 3.32% of Shelby, NC residents were born outside of the country (721 people).

In 2022, there were 1.64 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (11.9k people) in Shelby, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 7.27k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 1.27k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

98.7%
2022 Citizenship
98.8%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 98.7% of Shelby, NC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Shelby, NC was 98.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Shelby, NC
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    11.9k ± 983
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    7.27k ± 951
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    1.27k ± 498
4.08%
Hispanic Population
885 people

In 2022, there were 1.64 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (11.9k people) in Shelby, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 7.27k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 1.27k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

4.08% of the people in Shelby, NC are hispanic (885 people).

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    214,508 ± 11,254 people
  2. India
    79,868 ± 6,912 people
  3. Honduras
    39,759 ± 4,886 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of North Carolina was Mexico, the natal country of 214,508 North Carolina residents, followed by India with 79,868 and Honduras with 39,759.

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Foreign-Born Population

3.32%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
721 people
3.36%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
724 people

As of 2022, 3.32% of Shelby, NC residents (721 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Shelby, NC was 3.36%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    829 ± 324
  2. Gulf War (1990s)
    429 ± 227
  3. Gulf War (2001-)
    121 ± 131

Shelby, NC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.93 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Shelby, NC employs 9.4k people. The largest industries in Shelby, NC are Manufacturing (1,792 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,633 people), and Retail Trade (1,505 people), and the highest paying industries are Wholesale Trade ($59,417), Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($55,500), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($50,865).

Males in North Carolina have an average income that is 1.31 times higher than the average income of females, which is $57,464. The income inequality in North Carolina (measured using the Gini index) is 0.47, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

9.4k
2022 Value
± 896
−1.64%
1 Year decline
± 13.9%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Shelby, NC declined at a rate of −1.64%, from 9.55k employees to 9.4k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Shelby, NC, are Production Occupations (1,323 people), Sales & Related Occupations (1,155 people), and Management Occupations (1,041 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Shelby, NC.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

9.4k
2022 Value
± 896
−1.64%
1 Year decline
± 13.9%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Shelby, NC declined at a rate of −1.64%, from 9.55k employees to 9.4k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Shelby, NC, are Manufacturing (1,792 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,633 people), and Retail Trade (1,505 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Shelby, NC, though some of these residents may live in Shelby, NC and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$41,191
Median earning men ± $5,858
$35,035
Median earning women ± $4,563

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($86,023), Wholesale Trade ($58,750), and Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($53,750).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Manufacturing ($46,071), Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($40,245), and Public Administration ($33,939).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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3.04%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 4.86M people employed in North Carolina. This represents a 3.04% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 10.9%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in North Carolina.

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in North Carolina went to Donald J. Trump with 49.9% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (48.6%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (0.881%).

Thom Tillis and Ted Budd are the senators currently representing the state of North Carolina. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

North Carolina is currently represented by 14 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from North Carolina

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Thom Tillis
Senator from North Carolina2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015
Ted Budd
Senator from North Carolina3
Assumed office on January 3, 2023

Thom Tillis and Ted Budd are the senators currently representing North Carolina.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in North Carolina over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from North Carolina

North Carolina is currently represented by 14 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for North Carolina have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Shelby, NC awarded 1,010 degrees. The student population of Shelby, NC in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 658 male students and 1,288 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Shelby, NC are White (680 and 67.3%), followed by Black or African American (207 and 20.5%), Hispanic or Latino (62 and 6.14%), and Two or More Races (30 and 2.97%).

The largest universities in Shelby, NC by number of degrees awarded are Cleveland Community College (1,010 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Shelby, NC are Liberal Arts & Sciences (221 and 21.9%), Other Liberal Arts & Sciences, General Studies, & Humanities (88 and 8.71%), and Early Childhood Education & Teaching (58 and 5.74%).

Enrollments by Gender and Races

In 2022 there were 1,946 students enrolled in Shelby, NC, 33.8% men and 66.2% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 1,310 records, of which 65.2% were women and 34.8% men.

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Concentrations

In 2022, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Shelby, NC was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 221 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Shelby, NC according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
1,010 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Cleveland Community College with 1,010 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

In 2022, 429 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Shelby, NC, which is 0.738 times less than the 581 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 680 degrees mean that there were 3.29 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 207 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Public, 2-year ($2,432) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($170) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($1,200) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.944% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.805% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (2.16M), Some college (1.84M), and Bachelors Degree (1.63M).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Shelby, NC was $151,900 in 2022, which is 0.539 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $143,700 to $151,900, a 5.71% increase. The homeownership rate in Shelby, NC is 60.5%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Shelby, NC have an average commute time of 22.4 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Shelby, NC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Shelby, NC is $46,176. In 2022, the place with the highest median household income in Shelby, NC was Census Tract 9510 with a value of $69,250, followed by Census Tract 9513 and Census Tract 9515.03, with respective values of $62,880 and $56,607.

Property

$151,900
Median Property Value 2022
±$11,614
$5,580
Median Property Taxes
±$712

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Shelby, NC the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Shelby, NC compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

60.5%
Homeownership
2022
70.2%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 60.5% of the housing units in Shelby, NC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 56.8%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 9510
  2. Census Tract 9513
  3. Census Tract 9515.03

In 2022, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Shelby, NC was Census Tract 9510 with a value of $69,250, followed by Census Tract 9513 and Census Tract 9515.03, with respective values of $62,880 and $56,607.

The following map shows all of the places in Shelby, NC colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

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$46,176
Median Household Income
± $4,069
9.22k
Number of Households
± 852

In 2022, the median household income of the 9.22k households in Shelby, NC grew to $46,176 from the previous year's value of $41,565.

The following chart displays the households in Shelby, NC distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the < $10k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Shelby, NC is from North Carolina.
0.47
2022 Wage GINI in North Carolina
0.47
2021 Wage GINI in North Carolina

In 2022, the income inequality in North Carolina was 0.47 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.0732% decline from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for North Carolina was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in North Carolina in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (79.1%)
  2. Carpooled (10.3%)
  3. Worked At Home (9.25%)

In 2022, 79.1% of workers in Shelby, NC drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (10.3%) and those who worked at home (9.25%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Commute Time

22.4 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Shelby, NC have a shorter commute time (22.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 3.15% of the workforce in Shelby, NC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Shelby, NC distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Shelby, NC have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

18.3% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Shelby, NC (3.92k out of 21.5k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Males 6 - 11 and then Females 55 - 64.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Shelby, NC is Black, followed by White and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

91% of the population of Shelby, NC has health coverage, with 33.7% on employee plans, 28.2% on Medicaid, 15% on Medicare, 11.7% on non-group plans, and 2.39% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Cleveland County, NC see 2041 patients per year on average, which represents a 2.41% increase from the previous year (1993 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2251 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 688 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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2,041 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Cleveland County, NC

Primary care physicians in Cleveland County, NC see an average of 2,041 patients per year. This represents a 2.41% increase from the previous year (1,993 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Cleveland County, NC in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 24.2% under 18 years, 16% between 18 and 34 years, 37.2% between 35 and 64 years, and 22.6% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 44.4% were men and 55.6% were women.

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Uninsured People

8.99%
Uninsured
33.7%
Employer Coverage
28.2%
Medicaid
15%
Medicare
11.7%
Non-Group
2.39%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Shelby, NC grew by 1.19% from 8.88% to 8.99%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Shelby, NC changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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