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Shelby, Montana - Basic Facts

The City of Shelby is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in Toole County at latitude 48.5033 and longitude -111.8605. Toole County is in the Mountain time zone (GMT -7). The elevation is 3,297 feet.

The formal official name is the City of Shelby, but most people and references simply refer to it as Shelby, Montana.

The P1 Census Class Code for Shelby indicates a populated place that is also an incorporated place with the same name and the same census code. The Incorporated Place has a Functional Status Code "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The formal boundaries for the City of Shelby (see map below) encompass a land area of 5.75 sq. miles and a water area of 0.15 sq. miles.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Shelby: Shelby Junction.

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Shelby, MT Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 3,327
Population in Households 2,655
Population in Familes 1,989
Population in Group Qrtrs 672
Population Density1 552
Diversity Index2 30


Total Households 1,240
Average Household Size 2.14
Family Households 712
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 1,371 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 754 (55.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 487 (35.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 131 ( 9.6%)
Median Home Value $147,331
Average Home Value $167,285


Median Household Income $42,830
Average Household Income $60,525
Per Capita Income $23,943
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population -0.34% -0.41%
Households -0.09% -0.47%
Families -0.16% -0.63%
Median Household Income   3.31%
Per Capita Income   2.84%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.


Shelby, MT - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Shelby to the other 364 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Montana by rank and percentile using July 1, 2014 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 33 91st
Population Density1 # 124 66th
Diversity Index2 # 55 85th
Median Household Income # 184 50th
Per Capita Income # 196 46th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Montana Census Data Comparison Tool.