Introduction to Shelby, Ohio

Shelby, Ohio, in Richland county, is 44 miles SW of Elyria, Ohio (center to center) and 66 miles SW of Cleveland, Ohio. It's part of the surrounding Mansfield metro area.

Shelby History

The Shawnee, Wyandot, Delaware and Mohican tribes of Native Americans were the original inhabitants of this region. White settlers arrived in 1818, and among the early settlers was Revolutionary War veteran James Gamble, Mr. & Mrs. Henry Whitney, Stephen & Sarah Marvin and Mrs. Deborah Moyer. Gamble's Mill, a horse-powered grist mill, operated in the area, and the post office, which was named Gamble's Mill Post Office, was established in 1826. James Gamble planned the community in 1834 and named it "Shelby" in honor of the Revolutionary War hero and the first governor of Kentucky, Gen. Isaac Shelby. The village of Shelby was incorporated in 1853, and in 1921, it was reincorporated as a city.

Shelby and Nearby Attractions

  • Tiffin Glass Museum
  • Cooke House
  • Milan Historical Museum
  • Malabar Farm State Park
  • African Safari Wildlife Park
  • Columbus Zoo & Aquarium

Things To Do In Shelby

Shelby offers easy access to several museums and places of historical interest including the Tiffin Glass Museum, Milan Historical Museum, Edison B irthplace Museum, Allen Memorial Art Museum, Cooke House and Harding Home. Malabar Farm State Park offers facilities to enjoy hiking, horseback riding, fishing, picnicking and camping. African Safari Wildlife Park is another popular destination. Among other attractions near Shelby are the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, Goodtimes Amusement Park, Schedel Arboretum and Gardens, Six Flags Wyandot Lake and Columbus Zoo & Aquarium.

Shelby Transportation

Air transportation is available from the Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport.

Shelby Higher Education

North Central State College, Ohio State University - Mansfield and Ashland University are some of the colleges close to Shelby.


Total Population 8,910
Male Share of the Population 47%
Female Share of the Population 53%
Senior Citizens 17.9%
Employed Population 16+ 4,151
Age of the Population 42


% of people married 41.8%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 15.3%
Median Earnings25+ $29,209
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $14,104
Median Earnings With High School Degree $28,614


Median Family Income $48,060
% Above Poverty Level 86.6%
% Below Poverty Level 13.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 0.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 40.5%
Median Gross Rent $614
Median House Value $89,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 10.7%
US/American 0%
English 14.6%
Irish 14.2%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Shelby Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 44 miles SW of Elyria, Ohio (center to center)
Nearest Large City 66 miles SW of Cleveland, Ohio
County Richland
Metro Area Mansfield
Standard Zip Codes 44875
Phone Area Codes 419
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.881
Longitude -82.661

Shelby Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 8.3 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 32 F
Apr Temp 36 to 59 F
Jul Temp 60 to 82 F
Oct Temp 41 to 62 F
Annual Precip 37.6 inches
Distance 16.6 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 32 F
Apr Temp 36 to 59 F
Jul Temp 61 to 83 F
Oct Temp 41 to 62 F
Annual Precip 38.3 inches
Station ASHLAND 2 SW
Distance 16.7 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 32 F
Apr Temp 35 to 59 F
Jul Temp 60 to 83 F
Oct Temp 39 to 62 F
Annual Precip 38.9 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Shelby, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Bethlehem (44875)

Ganges (44875)

Little London (44875)

Sharon Township (44875)

Taylortown (44875)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Crestline 4,472 $46,941
Mansfield 46,998 $42,137

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Shelby Public Libraries

Marvin Memorial Library
Shelby, Ohio
(419) 347-5576
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