Shelby, Mississippi

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Shelby, Mississippi
Welcome sign
Welcome sign
Smoke Town
"City of Justice"
Location of Shelby, Mississippi
Location of Shelby, Mississippi
Shelby, Mississippi is located in the United States
Shelby, Mississippi
Shelby, Mississippi
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 33°56′57″N 90°45′55″W / 33.94917°N 90.76528°W / 33.94917; -90.76528Coordinates: 33°56′57″N 90°45′55″W / 33.94917°N 90.76528°W / 33.94917; -90.76528
CountryUnited States
 • MayorPeggy Mengarelli
 • Total2.74 sq mi (7.10 km2)
 • Land2.73 sq mi (7.07 km2)
 • Water0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
154 ft (47 m)
 • Total2,229
 • Estimate 
 • Density745.15/sq mi (287.71/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)662
FIPS code28-67040
GNIS feature ID0677634

Shelby is a city in Bolivar County, Mississippi, United States. The population was 2,229 at the 2010 census,[3] down from 2,926 in 2000. The town of Shelby was established in 1853 by Tom Shelby, who had purchased a block of land there from the federal government.


Shelby is located at 33°56′57″N 90°45′55″W / 33.94917°N 90.76528°W / 33.94917; -90.76528 (33.949293, -90.765241).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.7 square miles (7.1 km2), of which 0.012 square miles (0.03 km2), or 0.39%, is water.[3]

The rear entrance of the Mississippi State Penitentiary in unincorporated Sunflower County is about 10 miles (16 km) east of Shelby, along Mississippi Highway 32.[5]


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20172,035[2]−8.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]

As of the 2010 United States Census,[7] there were 2,229 people residing in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 94.3% Black, 4.7% White and 0.2% from two or more races. 0.8% were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 2,926 people, 919 households, and 677 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,079.5 people per square mile (416.9/km²). There were 963 housing units at an average density of 355.3 per square mile (137.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 7.93% White, 91.08% African American, 0.07% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 0.38% from other races, and 0.44% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.99% of the population.

There were 919 households out of which 43.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 26.3% were married couples living together, 41.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.3% were non-families. 23.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.07 and the average family size was 3.60.

In the city, the population was spread out with 37.5% under the age of 18, 9.8% from 18 to 24, 24.5% from 25 to 44, 15.8% from 45 to 64, and 12.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 27 years. For every 100 females, there were 82.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 70.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $17,798, and the median income for a family was $20,368. Males had a median income of $26,250 versus $19,554 for females. The per capita income for the city was $10,567. About 39.9% of families and 44.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 56.5% of those under age 18 and 21.3% of those age 65 or over.


Shelby is served by the North Bolivar Consolidated School District (formerly North Bolivar School District).

Students are zoned to Brooks Elementary School (in Duncan) and Northside High School.

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "2017 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jan 6, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved March 24, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Shelby city, Mississippi". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved January 22, 2014.
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  5. ^ Cross, Robert."A prison's family plan." Chicago Tribune. October 2, 1985. D1. Retrieved on September 23, 2010. "Ten miles east of Shelby, the sprightly cotton fields along Miss. Hwy. 32 begin to recede, and parched weeds on the shoulder squeeze the road down to a single lane of potholes. Highway 32 continues for a few more yards. Then a steel barricade, flanked by a guard tower, cuts it off."
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-10-14.
  8. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  9. ^ "Henry Townsend - Shelby". December 4, 2009. Retrieved 31 January 2010.

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