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Shelby, Iowa
Downtown Shelby, Iowa
Downtown Shelby, Iowa
Location of Shelby, Iowa
Location of Shelby, Iowa
Coordinates: 41°30′51″N 95°27′0″W / 41.51417°N 95.45000°W / 41.51417; -95.45000Coordinates: 41°30′51″N 95°27′0″W / 41.51417°N 95.45000°W / 41.51417; -95.45000
Country  United States
State  Iowa
Counties Shelby, Pottawattamie
Area
 • Total 1.87 sq mi (4.85 km2)
 • Land 1.87 sq mi (4.85 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,312 ft (400 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 727
 • Density 388.2/sq mi (149.90/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
51570
Area code(s) 712
FIPS code 19-72300
GNIS feature ID 0461554
Website City of Shelby

Shelby is a city in Pottawattamie and Shelby counties in the U.S. state of Iowa. The population was 727 at the time of the 2020 census.

History

Shelby had its start in the late 1860s by the building of the railroad through that territory.

Shelby was platted in 1870 by Benjamin F. Allen and Thusie Allen, and was incorporated in 1877.

The Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad Stone Arch Viaduct, north-east of Shelby, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Geography

Shelby is located at 41°30′51″N 95°27′0″W / 41.51417°N 95.45000°W / 41.51417; -95.45000 (41.514291, -95.450038).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.74 square miles (4.51 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1880 449 —    
1890 582 +29.6%
1900 692 +18.9%
1910 586 −15.3%
1920 588 +0.3%
1930 617 +4.9%
1940 627 +1.6%
1950 592 −5.6%
1960 533 −10.0%
1970 537 +0.8%
1980 665 +23.8%
1990 637 −4.2%
2000 696 +9.3%
2010 641 −7.9%
2020 727 +13.4%
Source: and Iowa Data Center
Source:
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 641 people, 263 households, and 171 families living in the city. The population density was 368.4 inhabitants per square mile (142.2/km2). There were 302 housing units at an average density of 173.6 per square mile (67.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.6% White, 0.2% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.2% Asian, and 0.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.9% of the population.

There were 263 households, of which 29.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.8% were married couples living together, 13.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 35.0% were non-families. 27.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.86.

The median age in the city was 40.8 years. 22.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.7% were from 25 to 44; 29.1% were from 45 to 64; and 15% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.0% male and 52.0% female.

Time capsule

Shelby has an unusual attraction — a time capsule. The "Centennial Time Capsule" will be opened on July 16, 2020. It is located in Shelby Park near the intersection of Center Street and West Street. The capsule was sealed on July 16, 1970 as part of Shelby's centennial celebration.

Education

The community is served by the AHSTW Community School District. It was in the Shelby Community School District until July 1, 1996, when that district merged into the A-H-S-T Community School District. That one in turn merged into AHSTW on July 1, 2016.

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