Shelby, NC

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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2020 Population
97,765
0.496% 1-year growth
US Senator
Richard Burr
Republican Party
US Senator
Thom Tillis
Republican Party
2020 Median Age
41.9
0.239% 1-year increase
2020 Poverty Rate
19.1%
6.05% 1-year decrease
2020 Median Household Income
$43,512
2.99% 1-year growth
2020 Median Property Value
$130,000
8.24% 1-year growth
2020 Employed Population
41,423
3.14% 1-year growth

About

In 2020, Shelby, NC had a population of 97.8k people with a median age of 41.9 and a median household income of $43,512. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of Shelby, NC grew from 97,282 to 97,765, a 0.496% increase and its median household income grew from $42,247 to $43,512, a 2.99% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Shelby, NC are White (Non-Hispanic) (72.5%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (20.6%), Other (Hispanic) (1.87%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (1.6%), and White (Hispanic) (1.55%).

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 (1,084 degrees awarded in 2020) and Cleveland Community College (686 degrees).

In 2020, the median property value in Shelby, NC was $130,000, and the homeownership rate was 68.4%.

Most people in Shelby, NC drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 24.1 minutes. The average car ownership in Shelby, NC was 2 cars per household.

geosearchPopulation & Diversity

Shelby, NC is home to a population of 97.8k people, from which 98.7% are citizens. As of 2020, 2.4% of Shelby, NC residents were born outside of the country (2.34k people).

In 2020, there were 3.52 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (70.9k people) in Shelby, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 20.2k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 1.82k Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

98.7%
2020 Citizenship
98.6%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 98.7% of Shelby, NC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in Shelby, NC was 98.6%, 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)
    70.9k ± 157
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    20.2k ± 469
  3. Other (Hispanic)
    1.82k ± 389
3.7%
Hispanic Population
3.62k people

In 2020, there were 3.52 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (70.9k people) in Shelby, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 20.2k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 1.82k Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

3.7% of the people in Shelby, NC are hispanic (3.62k 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
    224,275 ± 11,501 people
  2. India
    74,765 ± 6,689 people
  3. Honduras
    37,815 ± 4,766 people

In 2020, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of North Carolina was Mexico, the natal country of 224,275 North Carolina residents, followed by India with 74,765 and Honduras with 37,815.

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Foreign-Born Population

2.4%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
2.34k people
2.45%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
2.38k people

As of 2020, 2.4% of Shelby, NC residents (2.34k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.5%. In 2019, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Shelby, NC was 2.45%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    2,518 ± 460
  2. Gulf War (1990s)
    627 ± 211
  3. Gulf War (2001-)
    625 ± 216

Shelby, NC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 4.02 times greater than any other conflict.

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briefcaseEconomy

The economy of Shelby, NC employs 41.4k people. The largest industries in Shelby, NC are Manufacturing (7,936 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (6,077 people), and Retail Trade (5,141 people), and the highest paying industries are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($54,844), Utilities ($49,213), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($48,710).

Males in North Carolina have an average income that is 1.32 times higher than the average income of females, which is $49,357. The income inequality in North Carolina (measured using the Gini index) is 0.47, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

41.4k
2020 Value
± 1,644
3.14%
1 Year growth
± 5.3%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Shelby, NC grew at a rate of 3.14%, from 40.2k employees to 41.4k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Shelby, NC, are Production Occupations (5,189 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (4,075 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (3,955 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

41.4k
2020 Value
± 1,644
3.14%
1 Year growth
± 5.3%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Shelby, NC grew at a rate of 3.14%, from 40.2k employees to 41.4k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Shelby, NC, are Manufacturing (7,936 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (6,077 people), and Retail Trade (5,141 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

$35,415
Median earning men ± $1,789
$27,237
Median earning women ± $1,440

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2020 are Information ($63,697), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($55,298), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($54,034).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2020 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($43,611), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($40,605), and Public Administration ($33,649).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in North Carolina. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

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

The visualization shows the distribution of establishments by industry and by size according to the number of employees.

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Payroll by Industry Sector

The industries with the highest total annual payroll
  1. $1.13M
    Manufacturing
  2. $692k
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  3. $117k
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services

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Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from North Carolina to other states, or from other states to North Carolina.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $53.9B
  2. $49B
  3. $48.7B

In 2020, the top outbound North Carolina product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $53.9B, followed by Machinery ($49B) and Pharmaceuticals ($48.7B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound North Carolina products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$488B
2020 Value in North Carolina
$926B
Projected 2050 Value in North Carolina
89.6% growth

In 2020, total outbound North Carolina trade was $488B. This is expected to increase 89.6% to $926B by 2050.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound North Carolina trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from North Carolina to other states, or from other states to North Carolina.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $35.1B
  2. $27B
  3. $18.5B

In 2020, the top outbound North Carolina domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was South Carolina with $35.1B, followed by Virginia with $27B and Georgia and $18.5B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that North Carolina shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Richard Burr and Thom Tillis 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 13 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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Richard Burr
Senator from North Carolina3
Assumed office on January 3, 2005
Thom Tillis
Senator from North Carolina2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015

Richard Burr and Thom Tillis 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 13 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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In 2020, universities in Shelby, NC awarded 1,770 degrees. The student population of Shelby, NC in 2020 is skewed towards women, with 1,962 male students and 3,843 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Shelby, NC are White (1,147 and 65.2%), followed by Black or African American (346 and 19.7%), Unknown (117 and 6.65%), and Hispanic or Latino (85 and 4.83%).

The largest universities in Shelby, NC by number of degrees awarded are Gardner-Webb University (1,084 and 61.2%) and Cleveland Community College (686 and 38.8%).

The most popular majors in Shelby, NC are General Educational Leadership & Administration (218 and 12.3%), Registered Nursing (183 and 10.3%), and Liberal Arts & Sciences (161 and 9.1%).

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

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2020 in Shelby, NC, the percentage of applicants admitted was 78%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 11.3%. The number of students enrolled in 2020 was 5,805 (33.8% men and 66.2% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2020 there were 5,805 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 3,558 records, of which 67.1% were women and 32.9% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 78 degree-majors awarded
  2. 44 degree-majors awarded
  3. 41 degree-majors awarded

In 2020, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Shelby, NC was Registered Nursing with 78 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. 1,084 degrees awarded
  2. 686 degrees awarded

In 2020, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Gardner-Webb University with 1,084 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2020, 602 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Shelby, NC, which is 0.515 times less than the 1,168 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2020 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 1,147 degrees mean that there were 3.32 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 346 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 2020.

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($960) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2020.

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

The graph shows the average net price by sector and year.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2020, 0.849% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.733% 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 2020 were High School or Equivalent (2.14M), Some college (1.89M), and Bachelors Degree (1.54M).

This visualization illustrates the percentage distribution of the population according to the highest educational level reached. You can filter the data by race by using the selector above.

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homeHousing & Living

The median property value in Shelby, NC was $130,000 in 2020, which is 0.566 times smaller than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $120,100 to $130,000, a 8.24% increase. The homeownership rate in Shelby, NC is 68.4%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.4%.

People in Shelby, NC have an average commute time of 24.1 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 $43,512. In 2020, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Shelby, NC was Wake County, NC with a value of $83,567, followed by Union County, NC and Orange County, NC, with respective values of $82,557 and $74,803.

Property

$130,000
Median Property Value 2020
±$5,923
$24,670
Median Property Taxes
±$1,198

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.

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

68.4%
Homeownership
2020
68.9%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2020

In 2020, 68.4% of the housing units in Shelby, NC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 67.8%.

This chart shows the percentage of owner in Shelby, NC compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2020, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Shelby, NC was Wake County, NC with a value of $83,567, followed by Union County, NC and Orange County, NC, with respective values of $82,557 and $74,803.

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.
$43,512
Median Household Income
± $1,898
36.1k
Number of Households
± 1,468

In 2020, the median household income of the 36.1k households in Shelby, NC grew to $43,512 from the previous year's value of $42,247.

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
2020 Wage GINI in North Carolina
0.472
2019 Wage GINI in North Carolina

In 2020, the income inequality in North Carolina was 0.47 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.395% decline from 2019 to 2020, 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.

This chart shows the number of workers in North Carolina across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2020
  1. Drove Alone (83.8%)
  2. Carpooled (9.61%)
  3. Worked At Home (2.93%)

In 2020, 83.8% of workers in Shelby, NC drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (9.61%) and those who worked at home (2.93%).

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

24.1 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Shelby, NC have a shorter commute time (24.1 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 1.26% 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

19.1% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Shelby, NC (18.3k out of 95.7k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.8%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 45 - 54, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Females 55 - 64.

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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88.6% of the population of Shelby, NC has health coverage, with 41.6% on employee plans, 19.1% on Medicaid, 14.1% on Medicare, 12.1% on non-group plans, and 1.75% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in North Carolina was $7,264 in 2014. This is a 3.37% increase from the previous year ($7,027).

Primary care physicians in North Carolina see 1405 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.496% decrease from the previous year (1412 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1718 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 389 patients per year.

Daily New Cases by Date

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This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in North Carolina, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,405 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in North Carolina

Primary care physicians in North Carolina see an average of 1,405 patients per year. This represents a 0.496% decrease from the previous year (1,412 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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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of North Carolina across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2020, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 23.2% under 18 years, 19.6% between 18 and 34 years, 38.8% between 35 and 64 years, and 18.4% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 47.4% were men and 52.6% were women.

The following chart shows the number of people with health coverage by gender.

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Uninsured People

11.4%
Uninsured
41.6%
Employer Coverage
19.1%
Medicaid
14.1%
Medicare
12.1%
Non-Group
1.75%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in Shelby, NC declined by 5.85% from 12.2% to 11.4%.

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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