Shelby, North Carolina
|Shelby, North Carolina|
|— City —|
|Nickname(s): City of Pleasant Living|
|• Total||18.2 sq mi (47.0 km2)|
|• Land||18.1 sq mi (47.0 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.1 km2)|
|Elevation||869 ft (265 m)|
|• Density||1,073.8/sq mi (414.6/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0994631|
Shelby is located at .(35.288272, -81.537787)
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 18.2 square miles (47 km2), of which, 18.1 square miles (47 km2) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) of it (0.11%) is water.
As of the census of 2010, there were 20,429 people, 7,927 households, and 5,144 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,073.8 people per square mile (414.6/km²). There were 8,853 housing units at an average density of 488.1 per square mile (188.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 54.7% White, 41.3% African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.72% from other races, and 0.76% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.56% of the population.
There were 7,927 households out of which 27.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.3% were married couples living together, 20.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.1% were non-families. 31.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.97.
In the city the population was spread out with 25.0% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 25.8% from 25 to 44, 21.8% from 45 to 64, and 19.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 83.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 75.8 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $29,345, and the median income for a family was $38,603. Males had a median income of $30,038 versus $21,362 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,708. About 14.3% of families and 17.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.7% of those under age 18 and 13.7% of those age 65 or over.
In their October 9, 2008 issue, Forbes magazine named Shelby, North Carolina the third most vulnerable city in America because of the high unemployment rate, poverty rate, and lack of economical development. 
 Annual events
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- Cleveland County Fair - October 1, 2009 marked the 85th anniversary of the Cleveland County Fair. The Cleveland County Fair is one of the biggest in the state. Around 200,000 visitors attend each year and more and more people are coming every year.
- The Livermush Expo began in 1987 to celebrate the unique delicacy. In that year the Cleveland County Commissioners and the Shelby City Council passed resolutions proclaiming that "livermush is the most delicious, most economical and most versatile of meats."
- Alive After Five Outdoor Concerts- Live music on the court square, presented by the Uptown Shelby Association and its community partners. Food and beverage vendors on site, Uptown restaurants open late for dinner.
- American Legion World Series - Between 2011 and 2013 Shelby will play host to the American Legion World Series with a view to becoming the permanent home of the tournament. In order to host the event Shelby High School's Hoyt S. Keeter Stadium underwent an extensive renovation and expansion to 5,500-capacity.
- The Foothill's Merry Go Round Festival is held annually the last weekend of every April at Shelby City Park. The event began in 1998 and features awesome amusement rides, live entertainment, and fireworks.
The Don Gibson Theater in Uptown Shelby is named for country musician and Shelby native Don Gibson (see notable people section below). The theater occupies a former movie theater that has been converted to a venue for live music performances
The City Of Shelby Parks and Recreation Department has something for all to enjoy and has for over 60 years. City Park comprises 150 acres of beautifully kept Ball Fields, Playgrounds, Picnic Areas, Aquatics Center, Nine Hole Golf Course, Miles of Paved Walking Tracks, Horse Shoes, and a Sitting Garden. There is also a Community Center with 1,500 seat Gymnasium with Stage. In addition City Park is home to the Historic Herchell Spillman Carrousel and Gift Shop and restored Rotary Miniature Train. Over 800,000 people visit Shelby City Park annually.
 In popular culture
A fictionalized version of the city is the setting of HBO comedy show, Eastbound & Down. Filmed in Wilmington, North Carolina, it bears little geographic or cultural resemblance to the real place. Actor–writer Danny McBride chose the location as an inspiration because of its size, attitude, and name.
In the 10th episode of the TV show Make It or Break It, Shelby is mentioned as being the location of Lauren Tanner's mother.
 Notable people
- Manteo Mitchell 2012 Olympic Silver Medalist
- Lieutenant General Charles C. Blanton United States Air Force <http://www.af.mil/information/bios/bio.asp?bioID=4711>
- Bobby Bell, NFL Hall of Famer
- Alicia Bridges, disco singer
- Bill Champion, MLB player.
- Morris Davis, Colonel in US Air Force
- Thomas Dixon, Jr., minister, author
- Eddie Dodson, bank robber
- Manny Fernandez, "The Raging Bull", professional wrestler, former NFL player
- David Flair, Professional Wrestler
- Oliver Max Gardner, 57th Governor of North Carolina
- Alvin Gentry, Head coach of the Phoenix Suns of the NBA
- Don Gibson, Country Music Hall of Famer
- Kay Hagan, current junior Senator from North Carolina.
- Robert Harrill, The Fort Fisher Hermit
- Keith E. Haynes, Maryland Statesman, Lawyer
- Norris Hopper, MLB player
- Hatcher Hughes, Pulitzer Prize winner
- Charlie Justice, NFL player, two-time Heisman Trophy runner-up
- Doug Limerick, ABC radio newscaster
- Patty Loveless, country music singer
- Scottie Montgomery, NFL wide receiver, Oakland Raiders, Arena Football League player
- Travis Padgett, Olympic athlete in Track & Field
- Floyd Patterson, heavyweight boxing champion, Boxing Hall Of Famer
- Mel Phillips, former NFL safety, former NFL coach
- Rodney Allen Rippy, former child actor
- Earl Scruggs, banjo player and composer on Hollywood Walk Of Fame
- Isaac Shelby, soldier, governor
- Charlotte Smith, WNBA basketball player
- Brandon Spikes, American football linebacker for the New England Patriots
- Billy Standridge, NASCAR driver
- Tim Steele, 3-time ARCA champion, NASCAR driver
- David Thompson, NBA Hall of Famer
- Cliff Washburn, NFL offensive tackle, Houston Texans
- Tim Wilkison, Tennis
- Tom Wright, MLB player.
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- Official website
- Cleveland County Schools
- Shelby, North Carolina, a National Park Service Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary
- The Star, Shelby's daily newspaper