|Named for||Isaac Shelby|
|• Total||15.5 sq mi (40.1 km2)|
|• Land||15.5 sq mi (40.1 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)|
|Elevation||755 ft (230 m)|
|• Density||1,041.3/sq mi (402.0/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||1269993|
Shelbyville is a city in Bedford County, Tennessee, United States. It had a local population of 20,105 residents at the 2010 census. Shelbyville, the county seat of Bedford County, was laid out in 1810 and incorporated in 1819. The town is a hub of the Tennessee Walking Horse industry.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 15.5 square miles (40 km2), all land.
As of the census 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 per square mile (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.
There were 6,066 households out of which 31.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.0% were married couples living together, 16.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.5% were non-families. 26.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.05.
In the city the population was spread out with 25.2% under the age of 18, 11.9% from 18 to 24, 28.9% from 25 to 44, 18.8% from 45 to 64, and 15.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 94.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.5 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $27,593, and the median income for a family was $30,465. Males had a median income of $23,754 versus $16,065 for females. The per capita income for the city was $11,260. About 14.4% of families and 25.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.4% of those under age 18 and 22.1% of those age 65 or over.
Shelbyville is known as "The Pencil City" because of its historical importance as a center of wood-cased pencil manufacturing. It is still a site for manufacture of writing instruments. In 1982, National Pen Corporation purchased its largest competitor, U.S. Pencil and Stationery Company. Sanford Corporation produces the Sharpie, the world’s largest selling writing instrument, in the city. It was in Shelbyville in 1991 that the world's longest pencil was produced, a plastic-cased pencil 1,091 feet (333 m) long, weighing 27 pounds (12 kg).
Other major business operations in Shelbyville include manufacturers Calsonic Kansei, Bemis Custom Products, Cebal America, and Jostens; it is also home to a Tyson Foods facility and a distribution center for Wal-Mart.
Shelbyville is at the intersection of U.S. Route 231 and U.S. Route 41. It was the terminus of a branch line (from Wartrace), located along what is now known as Railroad Avenue, connecting with what was once known as the Saint Louis, Nashville and Chattanooga Railroad.
The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration
The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration takes place each year during the 11 days and nights prior to Labor Day. It is the premier event for the Tennessee Walking Horse, during which the breed's World Grand Champion and some 20 World Champions are named. It is a festival event where more than $650,000 in prizes and awards are given. The event began in 1939.
The Tennessee Technology Center at Shelbyville is one of 46 institutions in the Tennessee Board of Regents System, the seventh largest system of higher education in the nation. This system comprises six universities, fourteen community colleges, and twenty-six technology centers. More than 80 percent of all Tennessee students attending public institutions are enrolled in a Tennessee Board of Regents institution.
In popular culture
Shelbyville was featured in Miranda Lambert's video Famous in a Small Town. The city was also profiled in the film Welcome to Shelbyville, as part of the PBS documentary film series Independent Lens. The film spotlights recent demographic changes in the community, with a focus on the growing number immigrants from Latin America and Somalia (both Somalis and people from the Bantu minority ethnic group). Shelbyville was also featured in GADA film's Our Very Own, Directed by Cameron Watson. The film dubbed "a love story to Shelbyville" highlights some of the peculiar and humorous memories of Shelbyville in the 1970s. The film follows five teenagers who are determined to meet Shelbyville's own Sondra Locke. Filmed in 2004, it highlights the square, Capri Theater, Pope's Cafe, Central High School, Duck River Dam, TWHNC, and many other landmarks. Cameron Watson is also one of Shelbyville's own.
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- Musgrave Pencil Company History, Musgrave Pencil Company website, accessed April 23, 2008
- The City of Shelbyville website, accessed April 23, 2008
- Sanford Pencil Factory Tour, by Doug Martin, page 5
- Economic Development Guide, Shelbyville-Bedford County Chamber of Commerce, 2003
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- "History of the Celebration".