As of 2003, the town had an estimated population of 21,837 and a density of 797.84 persons per km². The total area was 27.67 km². Shobu is well-known among other parts of Saitama for housing the large shopping complex Mallage, which is a source of shopping and enjoyment for many of Shobus' citizens, and has put Shobu on the map. There is a large road, Ken-O expressway which is being built through Shobu at this present time. The famous conservationist, Honda Seiroku, who designed many of Japan's city and National parks was born in Shobu.