Shelbyville, Tennessee

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Shelbyville is a city in Bedford County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 16,105 at the 2000 census. Shelbyville, the county seat of Bedford County,[3] was laid out in 1810 and incorporated in 1819. Shelbyville is a hub of the Tennessee Walking Horse industry.



Shelbyville is in Middle Tennessee at 35°29′20″N 86°27′8″W / 35.48889°N 86.45222°W / 35.48889; -86.45222 (35.488988, -86.452353)[4], on a Highland Rim limestone bluff upon the banks of Duck River, which stream flows around the northern and eastern sides of town.[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 15.5 sq mi (40.1 km²), all land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 16,105 people, 6,066 households, and 4,155 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,041.3 people per square mile (402.0/km²). There were 6,550 housing units at an average density of 423.5/sq mi (163.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 77.14% White, 14.98% African American, 0.70% Asian, 0.35% Native American, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 5.02% from other races, and 1.78% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 14.55% of the population.

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