Shelby, NC Overview

Recognized as an All American City and a Main Street City, Shelby is gaining popularity as a premier location for commuters to Charlotte.  This area encompasses the scenic Moss Lake area, encircled with beautiful new homes and custom builds.  Shelby also offers an historical uptown district, charming shops and antique stores, a regional hospital, outstanding schools, a community college campus, and the Kings Mountain Battleground Park.  Diners arrive at Shelby from across the nation to sample the famous hickory-smoked fare at local barbecue restaurants.  Recreational attractions include a dozen parks that cover nearby 170 acres with open space, swimming pools, sports fields, tennis courts, and recreation centers.  Leisure attractions and activities include a restored train and historic carrousel, private country clubs, golf courses, waterfront recreation, live-stage and musical productions, and colorful annual festivals.  Graced by azaleas, tulips, roses, Bradford pear, dogwood and pine trees, the City of Shelby stands in a class of its own for beauty and charm. 


Population Growth (since 2000) -5%
Population Density (ppl / mile) 971.00
Household Size (ppl) 2.316
Households w/ Children 21%

Housing Stability

Annual Residential Turnover 0%
5+ Years in Residency 43%
Median Year in Residency 3.94

Housing Inventory

Shelby, NC Housing Inventory 4,782 1,417 3,862 4,782 1,417

Market Overview

275 listings with an estimated median price of $254,990

Price Count
$0 - 100K 14
$100K - 200K 76
$200K - 300K 94
$300K - 400K 34
$400K - 500K 17
$500K - 600K 10
$600K - 700K 6
$700K - 800K 4
$800K - 900K 3
$900K - 1M 7
$1M - Max 10
Property Type Count
Single Family 194
Townhouse 3
Commercial 23
Rental 7
Lots and Land 49
Multi Family 6

(Data as of 6/7/2023)

Population Demographics

The population of the community broken down by age group. The numbers at the top of each bar indicate the number of people in the age bracket below.

Shelby, NC Population Demographics

Total: 20,459


Median Age: 41.68

Climate and Weather

The Temperature chart displays average high and low values for January and July, and is designed to provide an indication of both seasonal and daily temperature variability. The Weather Risk Index indicates the calculated risk of each type of weather event occurring in the future. This risk is based on historical localized storm events and weather patterns. The national average for each type of weather event equals a score of 100, so a score of 200 would represent twice the risk as the national average, and a score of 50 would represent half the risk of the national average.

Temperature (degrees F)

Shelby, NC Temperature

Weather Risk

Shelby, NC Weather Risk


The Community Educational Index chart is based on the U.S. Census Bureau's Socioeconomic Status (SES) elements. Factors used in creating the index below are income, educational achievement, and occupation of persons within the selected ZIP code. Since this index is based on the population of an entire Zip code, it may not reflect the nature of an individual school.

Education Climate Index

Shelby, NC Education Climate Index

Highest Education Level Attained

Shelby, NC Highest Education Level Attained 1,710 4,833 761 1,176 1,583 1,269 2,773 1,710 4,833 761 1,176

Employment and Finance


Shelby, NC Workforce

Income by dollar range (Median Income: $35,868)

Shelby, NC Income by dollar range 1,018 851 791 590 568 412 526 594 342 630 750 692 423 187 162 60 26 20

Fair Market Rents

The Fair Market Rents show average gross rent estimates based on figures provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

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Smoking Ban

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The Crime Index compares the risk or probability of future occurrence of certain types of crime in this community as compared to the national average. The national average for each type of crime equals a score of 1.0, so a score of 2.0 would represent twice the risk as the national average, and a score of 0.50 would represent half the risk of the national average.

Shelby, NC Crime

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