Shelby, Mississippi

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Shelby is a city in Bolivar County, Mississippi, United States. The population was 2,926 at the 2000 census.



Shelby is located at 33°56′57″N 90°45′55″W / 33.94917°N 90.76528°W / 33.94917; -90.76528 (33.949293, -90.765241)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.7 square miles (7.0 km²), of which, 2.7 square miles (7.0 km²) of it is land and 0.37% is water.

The rear entrance of the Mississippi State Penitentiary in unincorporated Sunflower County is about 10 miles (16 km) east of Shelby, along Mississippi Highway 32.[3]


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 2,926 people, 919 households, and 677 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,079.5 people per square mile (416.9/km²). There were 963 housing units at an average density of 355.3/sq mi (137.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 7.93% White, 91.08% African American, 0.07% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 0.38% from other races, and 0.44% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.99% of the population.

There were 919 households out of which 43.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 26.3% were married couples living together, 41.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.3% were non-families. 23.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.07 and the average family size was 3.60.

In the city the population was spread out with 37.5% under the age of 18, 9.8% from 18 to 24, 24.5% from 25 to 44, 15.8% from 45 to 64, and 12.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 27 years. For every 100 females there were 82.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 70.4 males.

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