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Overview

Introduction to Shelbyville, Tennessee

Shelbyville, Tennessee, in Bedford county, is 24 miles S of Murfreesboro, Tennessee and 49 miles S of Nashville, Tennessee. The city has a population of 16,105.

Shelbyville History

Shelbyville was named in honor of Governor Isaac Shelby, a war hero. It is considered to be the Pencil City, as it is historically significant for its wood case pencil manufacturing. The "Big Storm" in 1830, an outbreak of Asiatic cholera in 1833 and a flood in 1902 all led to the significant decrease of Shelbyville’s population.

Shelbyville and nearby Attractions

  • Big Springs Shopping Center
  • Old Stone Fort State Park
  • East Shelbyville Historic District
  • Blackberry Ridge Golf Club

Things To Do In Shelbyville

One can enjoy shopping at the Big Springs Shopping Center. The Henry Horton State Park, the Old Stone Fort State Park and the East Shelbyville Historic District offer recreational opportunities. Local churches include the First Christian Church, the Shelbyville Mills Baptist Church and the Shelbyville First Church of the Nazarene. Golfers can enjoy a round at the Blackberry Ridge Golf Club. The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration is a popular event which takes place every August.

Shelbyville Transportation

Flights are available from Nashville International Airport.

Shelbyville Higher Education

Residents can attend Motlow State Community College, Columbia State Community College, Middle Tennessee State University and David Lipscomb University.

People

Total Population 20,779
Male Share of the Population 47.4%
Female Share of the Population 52.6%
Senior Citizens 13.3%
Employed Population 16+ 7,916
Age of the Population 34

Families

% of people married 48.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 9%
Median Earnings25+ $22,686
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,062
Median Earnings With High School Degree $21,746

Wealth

Median Family Income $35,830
% Above Poverty Level 73.1%
% Below Poverty Level 26.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.6%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 21.6%
Median Gross Rent $681
Median House Value $94,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 37.3%
US/American 0%
English 7.6%
Irish 9.4%

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

Shelbyville Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 24 miles S of Murfreesboro, Tennessee (center to center)
Nearest Large City 49 miles S of Nashville, Tennessee
County Bedford
Standard Zip Codes 37160
P.O. Box Zip Codes 37162
Company Zip Codes 37161
Phone Area Codes 931
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.494
Longitude -86.46

Shelbyville Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station SHELBYVILLE WATER DEPT
Distance 1.4 miles
Jan Temp 27 to 48 F
Apr Temp 45 to 71 F
Jul Temp 67 to 89 F
Oct Temp 46 to 73 F
Annual Precip 57.1 inches
Station LEWISBURG EXP STN
Distance 19.9 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 46 F
Apr Temp 42 to 70 F
Jul Temp 65 to 90 F
Oct Temp 43 to 72 F
Annual Precip 56.1 inches
Station FAYETTEVILLE WATER PLANT
Distance 24.2 miles
Jan Temp 29 to 49 F
Apr Temp 44 to 72 F
Jul Temp 66 to 90 F
Oct Temp 45 to 73 F
Annual Precip 56.3 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Royal (37160)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bell Buckle 400 $80,625
Chapel Hill 1,573 $46,364
Normandy 79 $0
Petersburg 698 $39,886
Wartrace 653 $51,250

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

Shelbyville Public Libraries

Library
Argie Cooper Public Library
100 S. MAIN STREET
Shelbyville, Tennessee
(931) 684-7323

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Shelbyville Hospitals

BEDFORD COUNTY MEDICAL CENTER
(Proprietary)
845 UNION STREET
(931) 685-5433
Emergency Service: Yes

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401 EAGLE BL
931-684-5672
Serves 1,044 students.

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326 E DEPOT ST
931-684-8635
Serves 1 students.

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