Shelby, Iowa

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Shelby is a city in Pottawattamie and Shelby counties in the U.S. state of Iowa. The population was 696 at the 2000 census.



Shelby is located at 41°30′51″N 95°27′0″W / 41.51417°N 95.45°W / 41.51417; -95.45 (41.514291, -95.450038)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.6 square miles (4.2 km²), all land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 696 people, 268 households, and 173 families residing in the city. The population density was 425.2 people per square mile (163.9/km²). There were 286 housing units at an average density of 174.7/sq mi (67.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.85% White, 0.43% Native American, and 0.72% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.01% of the population.

There were 268 households out of which 31.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.7% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.1% were non-families. 30.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.9% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 28.9% from 25 to 44, 23.0% from 45 to 64, and 14.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 96.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $31,250, and the median income for a family was $40,000. Males had a median income of $28,393 versus $20,909 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,720. About 3.9% of families and 13.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.0% of those under age 18 and 3.9% of those age 65 or over.

Time capsule

Shelby, while a small town, features at least one unusual attraction — a time capsule. The "Centennial Time Capsule" is located in Shelby Park at the intersection of Center Street and West Street. The capsule was sealed on July 16, 1970 as part of Shelby's centennial celebration and will be opened on July 16, 2020.

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