Latest Data (2016)
Population 20,260
Nationwide Rank 1792

Quick Facts

Shelby, North Carolina is the 1,792nd largest city in the United States as of 2016.

Shelby, North Carolina is a city.

Shelby, North Carolina is currently 2.8% smaller than it was in 2000, the year of its peak recorded population.

Shelby, North Carolina's growth is extremely below average. 81% of similarly sized cities are growing faster since 2000.

Shelby, North Carolina Border Map

Similarly Sized Cities In US

US Rank Name Population Growth
2000-2016
1782 Pittsburg, Kansas 20,366 5.7%
1783 Universal City, Texas 20,359 40.7%
1784 Liberal, Kansas 20,350 3.3%
1785 Bonney Lake, Washington 20,310 71.0%
1786 Mill Creek, Washington 20,303 45.1%
1787 North Salt Lake, Utah 20,301 130.1%
1788 Elmwood Park, New Jersey 20,295 7.2%
1789 Sulphur, Louisiana 20,272 -0.9%
1790 Rocky River, Ohio 20,264 -2.0%
1791 Clayton, North Carolina 20,260 135.7%
1792 Shelby, North Carolina 20,260 -2.8%
1793 Warrensburg, Missouri 20,251 23.4%
1794 Havelock, North Carolina 20,244 -9.8%
1795 South St. Paul, Minnesota 20,217 0.2%
1796 Parma Heights, Ohio 20,123 -6.9%
1797 Battle Ground, Washington 20,110 100.3%
1798 Ferndale, Michigan 20,099 -8.9%
1799 Mokena, Illinois 20,097 36.3%
1800 Clemmons, North Carolina 20,079 26.8%
1801 Rolla, Missouri 20,075 21.7%
1802 Dickinson, Texas 20,074 17.3%

Similarly Sized Cities In North Carolina

US Rank Name Population Growth
2000-2016
943 Wake Forest 40,112 206.7%
997 Indian Trail 38,222 180.5%
1044 Mooresville 36,543 87.4%
1065 Goldsboro 35,792 -10.8%
1094 Monroe 34,818 27.1%
1119 Salisbury 34,001 11.1%
1145 Holly Springs 33,260 228.5%
1199 Matthews 31,495 36.4%
1254 New Bern 30,101 29.3%
1285 Sanford 29,128 24.1%
1300 Garner 28,776 52.8%
1315 Cornelius 28,515 101.2%
1381 Thomasville 27,030 10.2%
1406 Statesville 26,506 12.6%
1421 Mint Hill 26,236 51.8%
1428 Asheboro 26,141 17.7%
1440 Fuquay-Varina 25,865 215.5%
1513 Morrisville 24,732 344.1%
1553 Kernersville 24,066 27.6%
1704 Lumberton 21,499 1.7%
1716 Carrboro 21,265 20.1%
1738 Kinston 20,923 -12.1%
1791 Clayton 20,260 135.7%
1792 Shelby 20,260 -2.8%
1794 Havelock 20,244 -9.8%
1800 Clemmons 20,079 26.8%
1883 Lexington 19,105 -4.1%
1904 Leland 18,843 357.0%
1905 Boone 18,834 39.1%
1978 Lenoir 17,973 -0.8%
1981 Elizabeth City 17,926 3.9%
2083 Morganton 16,665 -4.3%
2140 Hope Mills 16,227 33.1%
2159 Albemarle 16,004 -0.1%
2165 Pinehurst 15,945 62.5%
2215 Laurinburg 15,473 -3.0%
2227 Stallings 15,378 113.4%
2228 Eden 15,376 -3.0%
2230 Harrisburg 15,349 226.8%
2241 Roanoke Rapids 15,171 -10.7%
2242 Henderson 15,166 -7.2%
2283 Knightdale 14,794 134.3%
2290 Graham 14,707 11.1%
2313 Mount Holly 14,495 49.7%
2350 Waxhaw 14,194 360.2%
2355 Mebane 14,117 84.7%
2371 Reidsville 13,977 -4.6%
2392 Hendersonville 13,840 20.9%
2403 Southern Pines 13,782 24.0%
2412 Lewisville 13,710 16.9%
2488 Spring Lake 13,168 5.3%
2508 Newton 13,042 2.5%
2604 Davidson 12,452 71.5%
2636 Smithfield 12,266 11.1%
2740 Archdale 11,631 27.8%
2850 Summerfield 11,033 60.5%
2854 Tarboro 10,994 -2.0%
2881 Kings Mountain 10,797 4.9%
2885 Belmont 10,784 21.2%
2893 Lincolnton 10,754 6.4%
2917 Weddington 10,642 57.1%
2983 Mount Airy 10,347 -4.8%
3025 Elon 10,147 48.8%

Demographics

Population History

Year Population Rank in US
2016 20,260 1,792
2015 20,189 1,781
2014 20,276 1,765
2013 20,325 1,749
2012 20,270 1,736
2011 20,232 1,723
2010 20,323 1,699
2009 21,366 1,622
2008 21,340 1,618
2007 21,259 1,611
2006 21,210 1,602
2005 21,051 1,591
2004 21,150 1,568
2003 21,177 1,544
2002 20,884 1,551
2001 20,863 1,543
2000 20,851 1,524
1990 19,783 1,384