Shelby, NC

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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2022 Population
99,527
0.636% 1-year growth
US Senator
Thom Tillis
Republican Party
US Senator
Ted Budd
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
41.4
0.481% 1-year decrease
2022 Poverty Rate
18.4%
0.246% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$50,723
11.1% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$155,000
14.2% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
43,294
1.77% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Shelby, NC had a population of 99.5k people with a median age of 41.4 and a median household income of $50,723. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Shelby, NC grew from 98,898 to 99,527, a 0.636% increase and its median household income grew from $45,646 to $50,723, a 11.1% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Shelby, NC are White (Non-Hispanic) (71.5%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (20.1%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (3%), Other (Hispanic) (1.93%), and White (Hispanic) (1.44%).

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 Gardner-Webb University (1,135 degrees awarded in 2022) and Cleveland Community College (1,010 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Shelby, NC was $155,000, and the homeownership rate was 69.7%.

Most people in Shelby, NC drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 24.8 minutes. The average car ownership in Shelby, NC was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Shelby, NC is home to a population of 99.5k people, from which 98.7% are citizens. As of 2022, 2.51% of Shelby, NC residents were born outside of the country (2.5k people).

In 2022, there were 3.55 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (71.1k people) in Shelby, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 20k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 2.99k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

98.7%
2022 Citizenship
98.7%
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 98.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Shelby, NC
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    71.1k ± 346
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    20k ± 517
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    2.99k ± 617
4.13%
Hispanic Population
4.11k people

In 2022, there were 3.55 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (71.1k people) in Shelby, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 20k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 2.99k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

4.13% of the people in Shelby, NC are hispanic (4.11k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Shelby, NC as a share of the total population.

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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

2.51%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
2.5k people
2.51%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
2.48k people

As of 2022, 2.51% of Shelby, NC residents (2.5k 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 2.51%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    2,323 ± 436
  2. Gulf War (1990s)
    957 ± 311
  3. Gulf War (2001-)
    954 ± 264

Shelby, NC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.43 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Shelby, NC employs 43.3k people. The largest industries in Shelby, NC are Manufacturing (8,731 people), Retail Trade (6,138 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (5,833 people), and the highest paying industries are Information ($64,766), Utilities ($56,488), and Finance & Insurance ($55,636).

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

43.3k
2022 Value
± 1,690
1.77%
1 Year growth
± 5.61%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Shelby, NC grew at a rate of 1.77%, from 42.5k employees to 43.3k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Shelby, NC, are Production Occupations (5,683 people), Sales & Related Occupations (4,606 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,938 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

43.3k
2022 Value
± 1,690
1.77%
1 Year growth
± 5.61%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Shelby, NC grew at a rate of 1.77%, from 42.5k employees to 43.3k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Shelby, NC, are Manufacturing (8,731 people), Retail Trade (6,138 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (5,833 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

$39,571
Median earning men ± $1,920
$30,862
Median earning women ± $1,540

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Information ($72,012), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($69,911), and Wholesale Trade ($52,679).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($41,818), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($39,375), and Manufacturing ($38,827).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
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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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 698
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 479
    Manufacturing
  3. 448
    Retail Trade

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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 2,145 degrees. The student population of Shelby, NC in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 1,674 male students and 3,416 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Shelby, NC are White (1,358 and 63.4%), followed by Black or African American (469 and 21.9%), Unknown (116 and 5.42%), and Hispanic or Latino (102 and 4.76%).

The largest universities in Shelby, NC by number of degrees awarded are Gardner-Webb University (1,135 and 52.9%) and Cleveland Community College (1,010 and 47.1%).

The most popular majors in Shelby, NC are Liberal Arts & Sciences (221 and 10.3%), General Business Administration & Management (217 and 10.1%), and General Educational Leadership & Administration (210 and 9.79%).

The median tuition cost in Shelby, NC for private four year colleges is $31,220.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Shelby, NC, the percentage of applicants admitted was 74.9%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 9.39%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 5,090 (32.9% men and 67.1% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 5,090 students enrolled in Shelby, NC, 32.9% men and 67.1% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 2,951 records, of which 68.6% were women and 31.4% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 96 degrees awarded
  2. 47 degrees awarded
  3. 43 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Shelby, NC was Registered Nursing with 96 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 1,135 degrees awarded
  2. 1,010 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Gardner-Webb University with 1,135 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 752 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Shelby, NC, which is 0.54 times less than the 1,393 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 1,358 degrees mean that there were 2.9 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 469 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($31,220) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($980) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($1,850) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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Measure

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.

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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 $155,000 in 2022, which is 0.55 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $135,700 to $155,000, a 14.2% increase. The homeownership rate in Shelby, NC is 69.7%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Shelby, NC have an average commute time of 24.8 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 $50,723. In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Shelby, NC was Wake County, NC with a value of $96,734, followed by Union County, NC and Orange County, NC, with respective values of $95,533 and $85,785.

Property

$155,000
Median Property Value 2022
±$5,655
$25,481
Median Property Taxes
±$1,294

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 range.

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Rent vs Own

69.7%
Homeownership
2022
68.1%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 69.7% of the housing units in Shelby, NC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 68.7%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Shelby, NC was Wake County, NC with a value of $96,734, followed by Union County, NC and Orange County, NC, with respective values of $95,533 and $85,785.

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

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$50,723
Median Household Income
± $2,733
36.6k
Number of Households
± 1,555

In 2022, the median household income of the 36.6k households in Shelby, NC grew to $50,723 from the previous year's value of $45,646.

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 $75k - $100k 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 (82.4%)
  2. Carpooled (8.86%)
  3. Worked At Home (5.73%)

In 2022, 82.4% of workers in Shelby, NC drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (8.86%) and those who worked at home (5.73%).

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Commute Time

24.8 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Shelby, NC have a shorter commute time (24.8 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 2.29% 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

18.4% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Shelby, NC (17.9k out of 97.5k 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 Females 6 - 11 and then Males 6 - 11.

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

88.8% of the population of Shelby, NC has health coverage, with 38.7% on employee plans, 22.7% on Medicaid, 14.6% on Medicare, 11.1% on non-group plans, and 1.77% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in North Carolina see 1399 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.427% decrease from the previous year (1405 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1710 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 363 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,399 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in North Carolina

Primary care physicians in North Carolina see an average of 1,399 patients per year. This represents a 0.427% decrease from the previous year (1,405 patients).

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

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 23.5% under 18 years, 20% between 18 and 34 years, 38% between 35 and 64 years, and 18.5% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 47.3% were men and 52.7% were women.

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Uninsured People

11.2%
Uninsured
38.7%
Employer Coverage
22.7%
Medicaid
14.6%
Medicare
11.1%
Non-Group
1.77%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Shelby, NC declined by 2.12% from 11.4% to 11.2%.

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