Learn About
The Commemorative
Quarter for
The Commemorative Quarter for Iowa

Time Zone: Shelby County lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time.

The community of Harlan is the Seat for Shelby County.

Shelby County was founded January 15, 1851 and was created by taking area from CassCounty.

From the Census Estimates for 2009, <1> Shelby had a population of 11,957 people. This is a decrease of 9.23% since the last Census (which gave a population of 13,173 people in 2000).

At the time of the 2000 Census, Shelby represented 0.45% of the total population of Iowa, making it the state's 61st most populous county (out of 99 counties).

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
201012,167-7.64%+1.76% since 2009
200911,957-9.23%-1.42% since 2008
200812,129-7.93%-1.3% since 2007
200013,173The Last Census

More information can be found on the Shelby County Census Page for Shelby County.


Below are some of the communities located in Shelby County (for more communities, please visit our Nearby Page for Shelby County):

Community 2009
(2009vs. 2000)
Harlan   4,8955,2827.33% decrease  
Elk Horn   6076496.47% decrease  
Earling   4274719.34% decrease  
Irwin   3463726.99% decrease  
Defiance   30834610.98% decrease  

Websites for Shelby County

Official Website:   www.shco.org/

If you know of a history or genealogy society whose interest includes Shelby County, would you please send us the URL for their website? We would like to add their link to our Gazetteer. To contact us, please visit our Feedback Page.

Other Roadside Stops ...

About Iowa

Search for a Community in Iowa

Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

- Return to Citation

<2>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

- Return to Citation