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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    B-
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    C
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    B-
Shelby is a town in North Carolina with a population of 20,053. Shelby is in Cleveland County. Living in Shelby offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Shelby there are a lot of parks. Many families and young professionals live in Shelby and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Shelby are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$116,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$718
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    49%
  • Own
    51%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    406.6
    282.7
  • Murder
    24.8
    6.1
  • Rape
    59.2
    40.7
  • Robbery
    148.8
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    1,006.6
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,355.2
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    247.9
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    7%
  • 25-34 years
    13%
  • 35-44 years
    10%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    9%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    15%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    29%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    30%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    17%
    13%

Working in Shelby

Jobs
C
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$36,192
National
$55,322
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Shelby Reviews

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I love the small city and town of Shelby, North Carolina. I have lived here my whole life and I have enjoyed every bit of it. Shelby is very lively and full of people. Shelby is home of the Baseball American Legion World Series every Fall! Some things I would like to be changed in Shelby to better it, would be to have a better mall, with more stores with bigger varieties of shopping. I would also like to have more sit- down restaurants to eat at in Shelby. The people in Shelby are amazing. Majority of my friends and family live in Shelby. I love where I live!
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Shelby is the perfect city for those who are looking for the ideal country city. A town with friendly people that are accurate representation of the term 'southern hospitality'. A city that is filled with historic importance and artifacts! Best BBQ in the country! Great place to raise children and to retire!
I moved to Shelby to escape domestic violence in Texas and I love it here, it's beautiful! Very affordable housing and resources everywhere. Family friendly events such as hay rides and wrestling. Its awesome here!