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Shelby, Ohio
City
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)
Area
 • Total 6.49 sq mi (16.81 km2)
 • Land 6.35 sq mi (16.45 km2)
 • Water 0.14 sq mi (0.36 km2)
Elevation 1,102 ft (336 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 9,317
 • Estimate (2012) 9,171
 • Density 1,467.2/sq mi (566.5/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 44875
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 was originally called Gamble's Mills, and under the latter name was platted in 1834.

Geography

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.

Demographics

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%
Est. 2015 9,058 −2.8%
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2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 9,821 people, 4,073 households, and 2,667 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,949.3 people per square mile (752.4/km²). There were 4,330 housing units at an average density of 859.4 per square mile (331.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.40% White, 0.14% African American, 0.18% Native American, 0.35% Asian, 0.37% from other races, and 0.56% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.02% of the population.

There were 4,073 households out of which 31.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.1% were married couples living together, 10.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.5% were non-families. 30.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.3% 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 2.97.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.7% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 26.8% from 25 to 44, 22.6% from 45 to 64, and 16.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 91.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $35,938, and the median income for a family was $43,373. Males had a median income of $32,551 versus $21,573 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,096. About 7.4% of families and 10.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.1% of those under age 18 and 7.4% of those age 65 or over.

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.

Parks

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

Library

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.

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