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  1. Public Schools
    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    A
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    A
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    C-
Shelby County is located in Alabama with a population of 208,721. Shelby County is one of the best places to live in Alabama. In Shelby County, most residents own their homes. Many families and young professionals live in Shelby County and residents tend to be conservative. The public schools in Shelby County are highly rated.
Population
208,721

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$199,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$975
National
$949
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    20%
  • Own
    80%
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Shelby County Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    211
    282.7
  • Murder
    1.1
    6.1
  • Rape
    15.8
    40.7
  • Robbery
    21.4
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    170.4
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,336.2
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    97.1
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    13%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    14%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    14%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    28%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    29%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    21%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    8%
    13%

Working in Shelby County

Jobs
A
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$74,063
National
$55,322

Shelby County Reviews

2 reviews
Very friendly community, excellent for families. Close to Oak Mountain State Park and several wonderful school systems, both private and public. Lots of extra-curricular activities are offered in the area, from soccer and football to painting classes and singing lessons. There are also several churches of varying denominations.
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Shelby County is a growing place with lots of potential. The county is always bringing in business and creating jobs. The small towns of this county are all different but they all have the same goal of being better and providing for the community.