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Welcome to Shelby ...

The city of Shelby is located in Cleveland County<1> and is the County Seat for Cleveland County.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Shelby has a population of 20,015 people<2> (see below for details).

We don't have a date for the establishment of Shelby.

Shelby is 850 feet [259 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: Shelby lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

Telephone area codes for Shelby: (704) & (980)<4>

The ZIP code for Shelby: 28150<5>

Websites for Shelby ...

Official Website:   www.cityofshelby.com/

Chamber of Commerce:   www.clevelandchamber.org/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Shelby had an population of 20,015 people. This is a decrease of 1.52% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 2.76% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Shelby had a population of 20,323 people (which is 20.72% of the total population of Cleveland County). This makes Shelby the county's most populous community.

The population of Shelby represents 0.21% of the total population of North Carolina (which has 9,535,483 people), making it the state's 44th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 20,323 people, the population of Shelby increased 4.34% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 19,477 people).

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

Communities Also Named Shelby ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 23 communities that are also named Shelby - they are located in Alabama, Indiana (2), Iowa, Kentucky (2), Michigan (3), Mississippi (2), Missouri (2), Montana, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia (2) and Wisconsin.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Shelby.

Communities near Shelby ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Shelby.

  • Gaffney [Cherokee County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gaffney
    • Gaffney [Cherokee County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<6> to the south of Shelby
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 12,695 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gaffney
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Gaffney<7>
  • Kings Mountain [Cleveland County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kings Mountain
    • Kings Mountain [Cleveland County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<6> to the east of Shelby
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 11,118 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kings Mountain
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Kings Mountain<7>
  • Forest City [Rutherford County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Forest City
    • Forest City [Rutherford County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<6> to the west of Shelby
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 7,138 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Forest City
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Forest City<7>
  • Cherryville [Gaston County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cherryville
    • Cherryville [Gaston County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<6> to the northeast of Shelby
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 6,138 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cherryville
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Cherryville<7>
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Bessemer City [Gaston County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bessemer City
      • Bessemer City [Gaston County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<6> to the east of Shelby
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 5,645 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bessemer City have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bessemer City
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Bessemer City<7>
    • Boiling Springs [Cleveland County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Boiling Springs
      • Boiling Springs [Cleveland County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<6> to the west of Shelby
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 4,617 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Boiling Springs have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Boiling Springs
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Boiling Springs<7>
    • Blacksburg [Cherokee County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Blacksburg
      • Blacksburg [Cherokee County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<6> to the south of Shelby
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,880 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Blacksburg
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Blacksburg<7>
    • Belwood [Cleveland County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Belwood
      • Belwood [Cleveland County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<6> to the north of Shelby
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 963 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Belwood have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Belwood
    • Ellenboro [Rutherford County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ellenboro
      • Ellenboro [Rutherford County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<6> to the west of Shelby
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 830 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ellenboro have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ellenboro
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ellenboro<7>
    • Grover [Cleveland County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Grover
      • Grover [Cleveland County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<6> to the southeast of Shelby
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 709 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Grover have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Grover
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Grover<7>

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Shelby. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Shelby.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Shelby. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Shelby.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Shelby. Our list includes 20 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Shelby.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Shelby ...

Looking for more information about Shelby? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Shelby, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Shelby.

Adding Shelby to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Shelby in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Shelby was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Shelby on a map titled Rand McNally Map of North Carolina (1911).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Shelby on our Genealogy Page.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Cleveland County

About North Carolina

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Shelby: www.cityofshelby.com/

The official website for Cleveland County: www.clevelandcounty.com/

The official website for State of North Carolina: https://www.nc.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of North Carolina's counties, including Cleveland, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Shelby.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Shelby - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>Area code (980) is an overlay for area code (704).
<5>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Shelby). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Shelby or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<6>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Shelby) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Shelby. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from ShelbyOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Shelby. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 35.2919, Longitude: -81.5403    
<7>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<8>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.






















 

 

 

 

 


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