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Shelby, Ohio
West Main Street in downtown Shelby looking east at the intersection of Gamble Street.
West Main Street in downtown Shelby looking east at the intersection of Gamble Street.
Location of Shelby, Ohio
Location of Shelby, Ohio
Location of Shelby in Richland County
Location of Shelby in Richland County
Country United States
State Ohio
County Richland
Founded 1834
Incorporated 1853 (village)
- 1921 (city)
 • Total 6.44 sq mi (16.69 km2)
 • Land 6.30 sq mi (16.32 km2)
 • Water 0.14 sq mi (0.37 km2)
1,102 ft (336 m)
 • Total 9,317
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,433.04/sq mi (553.31/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 419
FIPS code 39-72102
GNIS feature ID 1065313

Shelby is a city in Richland County in the U.S. state of Ohio, northwest of the city of Mansfield. It is part of the Mansfield, Ohio Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 9,317 as of the 2010 census.


Shelby Central Park
Shelby Central Park

Shelby is located at 40°53′5″N 82°39′34″W / 40.88472°N 82.65944°W / 40.88472; -82.65944 (40.884645, -82.659529), along the Black Fork of the Mohican River.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.49 square miles (16.81 km2), of which 6.35 square miles (16.45 km2) is land and 0.14 square miles (0.36 km2) is water. Much of the water area consists of the Black Fork of the Mohican River, which flows through downtown; its location makes the city vulnerable to floods.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 1,003
1870 1,807 80.2%
1880 1,871 3.5%
1890 1,977 5.7%
1900 4,685 137.0%
1910 4,903 4.7%
1920 5,578 13.8%
1930 6,198 11.1%
1940 6,643 7.2%
1950 7,971 20.0%
1960 9,106 14.2%
1970 9,847 8.1%
1980 9,643 −2.1%
1990 9,564 −0.8%
2000 9,821 2.7%
2010 9,317 −5.1%
2019 (est.) 9,031 −3.1%

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 9,317 people, 3,911 households, and 2,510 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,467.2 inhabitants per square mile (566.5/km2). There were 4,354 housing units at an average density of 685.7 per square mile (264.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.2% White, 0.2% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 1.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.2% of the population.

There were 3,911 households, of which 31.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.5% were married couples living together, 12.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 35.8% were non-families. 31.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.91.

The median age in the city was 40.1 years. 24.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.2% were from 25 to 44; 25.6% were from 45 to 64; and 17.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.0% male and 53.0% female.


The city of Shelby has five parks which are operated and maintained by the city of Shelby Parks Department.


Marvin Memorial Library
Marvin Memorial Library in Shelby

The sole library in the city of Shelby is Marvin Memorial Library, which was added to the National Register Of Historic Places in 1987. Marvin Library offers Story Time and summer reading programs for youth, a Teen Cafe for teenagers and the Adult Book Club for adults. Community meeting rooms and computer access are also offered through the library.

Marvin Library is named for Dan Marvin, a veteran of the American Civil War. He participated in the battles of Shiloh & Stone River, and was severely wounded. He purchased a house on West Whitney Avenue for $6,500 and presented it to the city in the early 1900s. His generosity to the city was greatly appreciated and memorialized in the name of the library.


NCSC Kehoe Center
North Central State College Kehoe Center

Shelby's public education is provided by the Shelby City School District [6]. The district serves students in kindergarten through high school in six school facilities. Shelby High School built a new, state of the art facility adjacent to the current high school's location. The new Shelby High School opened in 2013. Shelby High School was one of five "Race to the Top" grant recipients in the State of Ohio in 2011 and is scheduled to implement a new technology & project based curriculum as a result.

Notable people

  • Joseph Carens, Professor of Political Science at The University of Toronto
  • Charles Follis, the first black professional football player, played for the Shelby Blues Football team.
  • Joel Hunter, retired pastor of Northland Community Church, Casselberry, FL
  • Dawn Powell, a writer from the 20th century, lived in Shelby for a period of time.
  • Larry Siegfried, professional basketball player who played for Boston Celtics and earlier for the Ohio State Buckeyes. Lived in Shelby.
  • William W. Skiles, a U.S. congressman. The football field is named after him.

See also

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