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Shelby County, Indiana

Named after the first governor of Kentucky, Isaac Shelby, and organized in 1822

County Seat: Shelbyville

Largest City: Shelbyville (2017 population: 19,070)

Population per Square Mile: 107.99

Square Miles: 411.10

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)44,406330.7%6,484,125
Today (2017)44,395330.7%6,660,082
Tomorrow (2020 projection)*45,183330.7%6,852,121
Percent Change 2010 to Today-0.0%34 2.7%

*Projection based on 2010 Census counts.
Sources: U.S. Census Bureau; Indiana Business Research Center

Components of Population Change, 2016-2017NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Net Domestic Migration11516 -1,639
Net International Migration1046 9,067
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)47450.2%19,482

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population Estimates by Age, 2017NumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)2,532385.7%6.3%
School Age (5 to 17)7,6083517.1%17.3%
College Age (18 to 24)3,416417.7%9.9%
Young Adult (25 to 44)10,6133223.9%25.3%
Older Adult (45 to 64)12,7883228.8%25.9%
Seniors (65 and older)7,4383216.8%15.4%
Median Age41.4  Median Age = 37.7

Sources: U.S. Census Bureau; Indiana Business Research Center

Population Estimates by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2017NumberRank of Pct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
American Indian or Alaska Native Alone152400.3%0.4%
Asian Alone401310.9%2.4%
Black Alone549361.2%9.7%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone60210.1%0.1%
White42,7003396.2%85.4%
Two or More Race Groups533371.2%2.1%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    
Non-Hispanic42,4893295.7%93.0%
Hispanic1,906334.3%7.0%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Household TypesNumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Households in 2017 (Includes detail not shown below)17,60332100.0%100.0%
Married With Children3,0663617.4%18.8%
Married Without Children6,0643134.4%30.0%
Single Parents1,551318.8%9.6%
Living Alone4,7102926.8%28.3%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey 5-year estimates.

HousingNumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Total Housing Units in 2017 (estimate)19,29234100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2017 (includes vacant units)19,19734100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
12,9253367.3%61.2%
Median Value (2017)$125,30031  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
4,6782924.4%27.7%
Median Rent (2017)$60321  

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey 5-year estimates.

EducationNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2016/2017 Total Reported) 7,561320.7%1,110,866
Public7,428300.7%1,048,879
Adults (25+ in 2017 ACS)30,587330.7%4,369,451
with High School diploma or higher88.1%48 88.3%
with B.A. or higher degree18%40 25.3%

Sources: Indiana Department of Education; U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey 5-year estimates.

Income and PovertyNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Per Capita Personal Income (annual) in 2017$42,2222993.5%45,150
Median Household Income in 201761,32715113.3%$54,134
Poverty Rate in 20178.4%8563.2%13.3%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1813.5%7275.8%17.8%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 201843290.7%6,032
Food Stamp Recipients in 20183,567300.6%605,854
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 2016/20173,078330.6%495,330

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis; U.S. Census Bureau; Indiana Family Social Services Administration; Indiana Department of Education

Health and Vital StatisticsNumberRank of Percent of StateIndiana
Births, 2016492380.6%83,063
Births to Teens, 201633390.6%5,294
Deaths, 2016483310.8%63,492

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2017NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force23,016320.7%3,320,409
Employed22,256320.7%3,203,351
Unemployed760310.6%117,058
Annual Unemployment Rate3.35794.3%3.5
December 2018 Unemployment Rate2.96685.3%3.4

Source: STATS Indiana, using data from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development

Employment and Earnings by Industry, 2017 EmploymentPct Dist.
in County
Earnings ($000)Pct Dist.
In County
Avg. Earnings Per Job
Total by place of work24,254100.0%$1,174,247100.0%$48,415
Wage and Salary19,30979.6%$844,64271.9%$43,743
Farm Proprietors4862.0%$17,2251.5%$35,442
Nonfarm Proprietors4,45918.4%$103,9578.9%$23,314
Farm6162.5%$22,5951.9%$36,680
Nonfarm23,63897.5%$1,151,65298.1%$48,720
Private20,91986.2%$996,83384.9%$47,652
  Accommodation, Food Serv.1,4666.0%$25,6642.2%$17,506
  Arts, Ent., Recreation1,1364.7%$40,0053.4%$35,216
  Construction1,6166.7%$94,6168.1%$58,550
  Health Care, Social Serv.1,5286.3%$79,4926.8%$52,024
  Information1020.4%$3,1820.3%$31,196
  Manufacturing5,41422.3%$384,26132.7%$70,975
  Professional, Tech. Serv.5472.3%$34,4812.9%$63,037
  Retail Trade2,0378.4%$56,0164.8%$27,499
  Trans., Warehousing1,4666.0%$86,7887.4%$59,201
  Wholesale Trade6042.5%$37,0253.2%$61,300
  Other Private (not above)4,775*19.7%*$148,999*12.7%*$31,204*
Government2,71911.2%$154,81913.2%$56,940

Source: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis
* These totals do not include county data that are not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.

Residential Building Permits, 2017UnitsPct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Cost ($000)State Cost ($000)
Total Permits Filed197100.0%100.0%$20,773$4,583,500
Single-Family7739.1%74.2%$14,918$4,038,599
2-Family00.0%2.0%0$62,844
3- and 4-Family00.0%0.4%$0$13,000
5+ Family12060.9%23.4%$5,855$469,056

Notes: Detail cost may not sum to total due to rounding. Greene County does not currently issue building permits, so it is excluded.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Largest Cities and Towns in Shelby County

NamePopulation
in 2017
Percent of County
Edinburgh1060.2%*
Fairland5781.3%
Morristown1,3483.0%
St. Paul4351.0%*
Shelbyville19,07043.0%
* This place crosses county lines, so only population in this county is shown.
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