Population, Race and Ethnicity
Shelby is a city in Bolivar County, Mississippi, with a population of 2,102. According to the most recent estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, 2.70% of residents identify as white, 97.10% as Black or African American, 0.00% as American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.00% as Asian, 0.00% as Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, 0.00% as Hispanic or Latino, and 0.20% as some other race or combination of races.
Nationally, some 61.1% of Americans identify as white, 12.3% as Black or African American, 0.7% as American Indian or Alaska Native, 5.4% as Asian, 0.2% as Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, 17.8% as Hispanic or Latino, and 2.6% as some other race or combination of races.
The population of Shelby is younger than the United States as a whole. The median age is 30.9 years, 7.0 years less than the national median age of 37.9 years. An estimated 13.10% of the population is 65 years and over, compared to 15.2% of the U.S. population.
Family and household composition
Family and household composition also varies heavily across the United States. In Shelby, 22.50% of households are occupied by married-couple families, compared to the 48.3% national figure. Some 8.40% of households are occupied by single male householders, 40.70% by single female householders, and 28.40% by non-family occupants. Nationwide, 4.9% of households are occupied by single male householders, 12.6% by single female householders, and 34.3% by non-family occupants. An estimated 54.60% of heads of household own their homes, compared to the national homeownership rate of 63.8%.
English is by far the most commonly spoken language in Mississippi and across the U.S. as a whole. Similarly, in Shelby, 100% of local residents aged 5 and up speak English exclusively, or, if they are multilingual, speak English very well. For context, 98.4% of the 5 and older population across Mississippi only speaks English, or speak it very well, and 91.5% of the same age group nationwide do.
Residents of Shelby are less likely than the typical American to be married. Of all local residents aged 15 and older, 23.4% are currently married, compared to 48.1% of Americans nationwide in the same age group. Across Mississippi as a whole, 44.4% of residents 15 and older are married.
Divorce is more common in Shelby than it is across the U.S. as a whole. According to Census estimates, 12.3% of residents 15 and older are divorced — compared to 10.8% of the U.S. population in the same age group. In Mississippi, 11.7% of the 15 and older population is divorced.
An estimated 51.5% of Shelby residents 15 and older have never married, compared to one-third of all Americans in the same age group.
In Shelby, 6.8% of the 18 and older civilian population are veterans — compared to 7.5% of adult civilians nationwide and 7.5% of the civilian population in all of Mississippi.
In Shelby, adults are less likely to have a high school education than the typical American adult, and are less likely to have a four-year college education. Among Shelby residents 25 and older, 73.30% have a high school diploma or equivalent, and 16.20% have a bachelor's degree or higher, compared to 87.7% and 31.5% of adults nationwide, respectively. Across Mississippi, 83.9% of adults have graduated high school, and 21.8 have a bachelor’s degree.
The typical household in Shelby earns $30,112 a year, about $30,200 less than the national median of $60,293 and $13,500 less than the median household income across the state of $43,567.
Serious financial hardship is more common in Shelby than it is nationwide. The local poverty rate stands at 46.00%, while the national poverty rate is 14.1%. Across the state as a whole, 20.8% of the population lives below the poverty line.
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