Shelby County, Missouri

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Shelby County is a county located in the U.S. state of Missouri. As of 2000, the population was 6,799. Its county seat is Shelbyville[1]. The county was organized in 1835 and named for Kentucky governor Isaac Shelby.



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 502 square miles (1,301 km²), of which, 501 square miles (1,297 km²) of it is land and 1 square miles (4 km²) of it (0.30%) is water.

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As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 6,799 people, 2,745 households, and 1,847 families residing in the county. The population density was 14 people per square mile (5/km²). There were 3,245 housing units at an average density of 6 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.87% White, 0.97% Black or African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 0.19% from other races, and 0.59% from two or more races. 0.63% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 30.4% were of American, 26.9% German, 14.9% English and 8.5% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

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