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Shelby, Iowa - Basic Facts

The City of Shelby had a population of 695 as of July 1, 2015.

The primary coordinate point for Shelby is located at latitude 41.5067 and longitude -95.4506 in Shelby County. The formal boundaries for the City of Shelby (see map below) encompass a land area of 1.87 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Shelby County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,306 feet.

While the primary coordinates for City of Shelby are located in Shelby County, it should be noted that the formal boundaries for this community also extend into and Pottawattamie County.

The City of Shelby (GNIS ID: 2395863) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Shelby is located within Township of Shelby, a minor civil division (MCD) of Shelby County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Shelby population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2015.

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Shelby, IA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2015)


Total Population 695
Population in Households 694
Population in Familes 569
Population in Group Qrtrs 1
Population Density1 399
Diversity Index2 8


Total Households 291
Average Household Size 2.38
Family Households 199
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 319 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 233 (73.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 59 (18.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 28 ( 8.8%)
Median Home Value $91,484
Average Home Value $105,472


Median Household Income $56,781
Average Household Income $62,690
Per Capita Income $26,623
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.55% 0.65%
Households 1.95% 0.88%
Families 2.93% 0.79%
Median Household Income   2.88%
Per Capita Income   2.63%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.


Shelby, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Shelby to the other 1,009 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Iowa by rank and percentile using July 1, 2015 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 388 62nd
Population Density1 # 710 30th
Diversity Index2 # 604 41st
Median Household Income # 337 67th
Per Capita Income # 452 55th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Iowa Census Data Comparison Tool.