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Shelby County
Shelby County Courthouse in Shelbyville
Shelby County Courthouse in Shelbyville
Map of Indiana highlighting Shelby County
Location within the U.S. state of Indiana
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Indiana's location within the U.S.
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Country  United States
State  Indiana
Founded 31 December 1821 (authorized)
1822 (organized)
Named for Isaac Shelby
Seat Shelbyville
Largest city Shelbyville
Area
 • Total 412.76 sq mi (1,069.0 km2)
 • Land 411.15 sq mi (1,064.9 km2)
 • Water 1.61 sq mi (4.2 km2)  0.39%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2018)
44,593
 • Density 108.5/sq mi (41.9/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district 6th
Indiana county number 73

Shelby County is a county in the U.S. state of Indiana. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 44,436. The county seat (and only incorporated city) is Shelbyville.

History

Shelby County was organized in 1821. It was named for Gen. Isaac Shelby, who defeated the British at the Battle of Kings Mountain in the Revolutionary War. Shelby then became the first Governor of Kentucky. During the War of 1812, he led the army of Kentucky into Canada, and defeated the British at the decisive Battle of the Thames in 1813.

Geography

According to the 2010 census, the county has a total area of 412.76 square miles (1,069.0 km2), of which 411.15 square miles (1,064.9 km2) (or 99.61%) is land and 1.61 square miles (4.2 km2) (or 0.39%) is water.

City

Towns

Census-designated place

Other unincorporated places

Townships

  • Addison
  • Brandywine
  • Hanover
  • Hendricks
  • Jackson
  • Liberty
  • Marion
  • Moral
  • Noble
  • Shelby
  • Sugar Creek
  • Union
  • Van Buren
  • Washington

Adjacent counties

Major highways

  • I-65.svg Interstate 65
  • I-74.svg Interstate 74
  • US 52.svg U.S. Route 52
  • Indiana 9.svg Indiana State Road 9
  • Indiana 44.svg Indiana State Road 44
  • Indiana 244.svg Indiana State Road 244
  • Indiana 252.svg Indiana State Road 252

Climate and weather

Weather chart for Shelbyville, Indiana
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temperatures in °F
precipitation totals in inches
source: The Weather Channel

In recent years, average temperatures in Shelbyville have ranged from a low of 18 °F (−8 °C) in January to a high of 86 °F (30 °C) in July, although a record low of −25 °F (−32 °C) was recorded in January 1994 and a record high of 105 °F (41 °C) was recorded in July 1954. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 2.38 inches (60 mm) in January to 4.47 inches (114 mm) in May.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1830 6,295
1840 12,005 90.7%
1850 15,502 29.1%
1860 19,569 26.2%
1870 21,892 11.9%
1880 25,257 15.4%
1890 25,454 0.8%
1900 26,491 4.1%
1910 26,802 1.2%
1920 25,982 −3.1%
1930 26,552 2.2%
1940 25,953 −2.3%
1950 28,026 8.0%
1960 34,093 21.6%
1970 37,797 10.9%
1980 39,887 5.5%
1990 40,307 1.1%
2000 43,445 7.8%
2010 44,436 2.3%
2018 (est.) 44,593 0.4%
US Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

Notable people

  • Isaac Colton Ash, Los Angeles, California, City Council member, 1925–27
  • George W. Clarke, governor of Iowa, 1913–1917
  • Edith Jones Woodward, astronomer, born in Waldron in 1914
  • Kid Quill, hip hop/rap
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