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Overview

Introduction to Shelby, North Carolina

Shelby, North Carolina, in Cleveland county, is 19 miles W of Gastonia, North Carolina (center to center) and 39 miles W of Charlotte, North Carolina.

Shelby History

The area now known as the city of Shelby was officially incorporated in 1843. The city is the county seat of Cleveland County, which was founded in 1841. The city was named after Colonel Isaac Shelby, a Revolutionary War officer. It became an "All-American City" in 1970 and is the largest city of Cleveland County. In 1980, Shelby was named as one of the first national "Main Street" communities.

Shelby and nearby Attractions

  • Cleveland County Historical Museum
  • Kings Mountain National Military Park
  • C Grier Beam Truck Museum
  • Crowders Mountain State Park
  • Lincoln County Museum of History
  • Kings Mountain State Park

Things To Do In Shelby

Shelby has numerous parks and playgrounds including Holly Oak Park, Junior Women Club Park, Optimist Park, Plaster Park, Ezra Bridge Park, and Hickory Creek Park. The Central Shelby Historic District and Challenger 3 Amusement Park are also worth visiting. One can also enjoy shopping at Sky City Shopping Center, Huxley Village Shopping Center, Shelby Plaza Shopping Center, Cleveland Mall, and Hickory Creek Shopping Center.

Shelby Transportation

Flights can be availed from Hickory Regional Airport.

Shelby Higher Education

Cleveland Community College is the local college. Gardner-Webb University, Catawba Valley Community College, Winthrop University, and many other colleges and universities also offer facilities for higher education.

Demographics

People

Total Population20,259
Male Share of the Population45.1%
Female Share of the Population54.9%
Senior Citizens18.4%
Employed Population 16+7,682
Age of the Population40

Families

% of people married36.9%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher19.9%
Median Earnings25+$28,278
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$17,016
Median Earnings With High School Degree$25,276

Wealth

Median Family Income$43,858
% Above Poverty Level71.8%
% Below Poverty Level28.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time20 minutes
% Working from Home2.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work4.9%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone37%
Median Gross Rent$689
Median House Value$116,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)44.7%
English7%
German5.8%
Irish4.6%
Italian1.3%
Polish1%
Scottish0.9%
French Except Basque0.8%
Dutch0.7%
African0.6%
West Indian0.4%
Swedish0.4%
Canadian0.3%
Ethiopian0.3%
Welsh0.3%
Russian0.2%
Jamaican0.2%
Bahamian0.2%
Serbian0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Czech0.1%
Nigerian0.1%
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Shelby Almanac

CategoryValue
County Cleveland County
Standard Zip Codes28152, 28150
P.O. Box Zip Codes28151
Phone Area Codes704, 980
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude35.28
Approximate Longitude-81.54

Shelby Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationSHELBY 2 NNE
Distance1.7 miles
Jan Temp27 to 49 F
Apr Temp44 to 70 F
Jul Temp66 to 88 F
Oct Temp45 to 71 F
Annual Precip49.2 inches
StationNINETY NINE ISLANDS
Distance15.7 miles
Jan Temp27 to 51 F
Apr Temp43 to 71 F
Jul Temp66 to 88 F
Oct Temp45 to 72 F
Annual Precip48.3 inches
StationFOREST CITY 6 SW
Distance22.5 miles
Jan Temp26 to 50 F
Apr Temp42 to 71 F
Jul Temp64 to 89 F
Oct Temp44 to 72 F
Annual Precip51.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Boiling Springs4,650$79,931
Earl224$52,885
Kingstown730$37,125
Lattimore474$55,938
Patterson Springs721$36,050
Waco281$48,000

Shelby Public Libraries

Cleveland County Memorial Library
104 HOWIE DR
Shelby, North Carolina
(704) 487-9069

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Shelby Hospitals

Carolinas Healthcare System Cleveland
(Non-profit)
201 East Grover St
(704) 487-3245

Shelby Public Schools

Crest Middle
315 Beaverdam Church Rd
ZIP: 28150
(704) 476-8221
Middle
Total Enrollment 964
Graham Elementary
1100 Blanton Street
ZIP: 28150
(704) 476-8386
Primary
Total Enrollment 289
Jefferson Elementary
1166 Wyke Road
ZIP: 28150
(704) 476-8390
Primary
Total Enrollment 414
Marion Elementary
410 Forest Hill Drive
ZIP: 28150
(704) 476-8381
Primary
Total Enrollment 328
North Shelby
1205 Northside Drive
ZIP: 28150
(704) 487-9941
Other
Total Enrollment 138
Turning Point Academy
409 West Sumter Street
ZIP: 28150
(704) 476-8399
Other
Total Enrollment 135
Union Elementary
1440 Union Church Road
ZIP: 28150
(704) 481-8001
Primary
Total Enrollment 420
Washington Elementary
1907 Stony Point Road
ZIP: 28150
(704) 435-9521
Primary
Total Enrollment 411
Boiling Springs Elementary
1522 Patrick Avenue
ZIP: 28152
(704) 476-8361
Primary
Total Enrollment 536
Cleveland Echs
1800 E. Marion Street
ZIP: 28152
(704) 669-4710
High
Total Enrollment 223
Crest High
800 Old Boiling Springs
ZIP: 28152
(704) 476-8331
High
Total Enrollment 1260
James Love Elementary
309 James Love Road
ZIP: 28152
(704) 476-8385
Primary
Total Enrollment 383
Pinnacle Classical Academy
900 S Post Rd
ZIP: 28152
(704) 740-4040
Primary
Total Enrollment 370
Shelby High
230 E Dixon Boulevard
ZIP: 28152
(704) 476-8325
High
Total Enrollment 829
Shelby Intermediate
220 S Post Road
ZIP: 28152
(704) 476-8371
Middle
Total Enrollment 462
Shelby Middle
1480 South Dekalb Street
ZIP: 28152
(704) 476-8328
Middle
Total Enrollment 482
Springmore Elementary
616 Mcbrayer Homestead Road
ZIP: 28152
(704) 434-7371
Primary
Total Enrollment 650
Township Three Elementary
526 Davis Road
ZIP: 28152
(704) 487-7809
Primary
Total Enrollment 677
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