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Shelby, Iowa - Basic Facts

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The City of Shelby had a population of 736 as of July 1, 2017.

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, 2017.

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Shelby, IA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 736
Daytime Population: Workers 145
Daytime Population: Residents 360
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 505
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.69
Population in Households 735
Population in Familes 600
Population in Group Qrtrs 1
Population Density2 393
Diversity Index3 9


Median Household Income $49,783
Average Household Income $59,684
Per Capita Income $25,133


Total Housing Units 329 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 244 (74.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 61 (18.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 24 ( 7.3%)
Median Home Value $103,571
Average Home Value $139,344


Total Households 305
Average Household Size 2.41
Family Households 208
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 1.92% 0.72%
Households 2.06% 0.84%
Families 2.74% 0.76%
Median Household Income   3.08%
Per Capita Income   3.31%

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, 2017 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 # 376 63rd
Population Density # 714 29th
Diversity Index # 567 45th
Median Household Income # 699 31st
Per Capita Income # 717 29th

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