Shelby, Iowa

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Shelby, Iowa

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Shelby strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Iowa):

Category Trophy
Affordability of Rents
(vs. Peers)
Top 13% Shelby Affordability of Rents
Affordability of Property Taxes
(vs. State)
Top 14% Shelby Affordability of Property Taxes

Comparative Profile of Shelby, Iowa

Comparing Shelby to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Iowa (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Male Share of the Population 7 8
Children Under 5 Years Old 5 6
Well-Paid Single Men 5 3
Age of the Population 5 4
Senior Citizens 5 3
Female Share of the Population 4 3
Racial Diversity 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 6 5
Average Household Size 4 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Median Family Income 5 3
College Educated Adults 5 3
People Above Poverty 5 2
People in Middle Class or Better 3 1

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Walking and Biking to Work 6 5
Public Transportation Use 5 5
Working at Home 3 1
Short Commute Times 2 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Affordability of Rents 9 9
Affordability of Property Taxes 8 9
People Living Alone 7 5
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 4 6
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 3 1
Housing Recently Built 1 1

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Shelby Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 27 miles NE of Council Bluffs, Iowa (center to center)
Nearest Large City 30 miles NE of Omaha, Nebraska
County Pottawattamie
Metro Area Omaha
Standard Zip Codes 51570
Phone Area Codes 712
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.51
Longitude -95.45

Shelby Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Station HARLAN
Distance 11.9 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 28 F
Apr Temp 35 to 61 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 38 to 63 F
Annual Precip 33.3 inches
Distance 13.8 miles
Jan Temp 9 to 29 F
Apr Temp 37 to 61 F
Jul Temp 64 to 85 F
Oct Temp 39 to 64 F
Annual Precip 33.5 inches
Distance 24.2 miles
Jan Temp 10 to 29 F
Apr Temp 38 to 62 F
Jul Temp 63 to 86 F
Oct Temp 39 to 64 F
Annual Precip 34.7 inches
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Shelby Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 696 100%
Male 342 49.1%
Female 354 50.9%
Under 18 187 26.9%
18+ 509 73.1%
65+ 102 14.7%
Median Age 37.4
Average Family Size 3.03
White 688 98.9%
African-American 0 0%
Asian 0 0%
American Indian & Alaskan 3 0.4%
Other 0 0%
Mixed Race 5 0.7%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 7 1%

Estimated Shelby Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 675
Growth -21
Growth % -3%

Shelby Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 44.7%
US/American 10.4%
Irish 8.8%
Danish 8.2%
English 5.9%
Norwegian 3.2%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 2.9%
Dutch 2.5%
Scotch-Irish 2.3%
Polish 2%
French (except Basque) 1.4%
Czech 1.4%
Scottish 1.3%
Italian 1.3%
Syrian 1.1%
Swiss 0.9%
Pennsylvania German 0.5%
Swedish 0.5%
Icelander 0.4%
Czechoslovakian 0.4%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Shelby 696 $40,000
Avoca 1,610 $45,000
Hancock 207 $37,500
Minden 564 $49,583
Neola 845 $49,632
Persia 363 $40,000
Portsmouth 225 $39,250
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