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Shelby, North Carolina (NC) Poverty Rate Data
Information about poor and low-income residents


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25.9% of Shelby, NC residents had an income below the poverty level in 2019, which was 47.5% greater than the poverty level of 13.6% across the entire state of North Carolina. Taking into account residents not living in families, 16.4% of high school graduates and 43.6% of non high school graduates live in poverty. The poverty rate was 19.2% among disabled males and 22.9% among disabled females. The renting rate among poor residents was 78.1%. For comparison, it was 34.9% among residents with income above the poverty level.

Poverty rates in Shelby, NC

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2019:
Shelby:

25.9%
Whole state:

13.6%
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2019:
Shelby:

10.1%
Whole state:

6.0%

Poverty rate among disabled males:
Shelby:

19.2%
North Carolina:

14.8%
Disability rate in this city among poor males (it is 21.1% among male residents who are not classified as poor):
Shelby:

32.3%
North Carolina:

30.6%

Poverty rate among disabled females:
Shelby:

22.9%
North Carolina:

20.5%
Disability rate in this city among poor females (it is 23.1% among female residents who are not classified as poor):
Shelby:

29.4%
North Carolina:

32.2%

Renting rate in this city among poor and not poor residents:
Residents below poverty level:

78.1%
Residents above poverty level:

34.9%

Poverty by age in Shelby, NC

Breakdown by age of poor male residents in Shelby
  • Breakdown by age of poor male residents in Shelby,NC (percentage below poverty level)
  • 47.2%Under 5 years
  • 2.0%5 years
  • 72.6%6 to 11 years
  • 23.7%12 to 14 years
  • 44.6%15 years
  • 32.0%16 and 17 years
  • 23.8%18 to 24 years
  • 22.9%25 to 34 years
  • 10.3%35 to 44 years
  • 18.2%45 to 54 years
  • 13.1%55 to 64 years
  • 3.0%65 to 74 years
  • 6.8%75 years and over
Breakdown by age of poor female residents in Shelby
  • Breakdown by age of poor female residents in Shelby,NC (percentage below poverty level)
  • 24.7%Under 5 years
  • 61.2%5 years
  • 34.1%6 to 11 years
  • 36.1%12 to 14 years
  • 0.0%15 years
  • 41.0%16 and 17 years
  • 26.0%18 to 24 years
  • 29.9%25 to 34 years
  • 30.1%35 to 44 years
  • 23.7%45 to 54 years
  • 27.2%55 to 64 years
  • 21.9%65 to 74 years
  • 11.6%75 years and over
Breakdown by age of very poor residents in Shelby, NC
  • Breakdown by age of very poor residents in Shelby,NC (% below half of poverty level)
  • 15.8%Under 5 years
  • 13.8%5 years
  • 9.9%6 to 11 years
  • 10.1%12 to 14 years
  • 2.0%15 years
  • 2.4%16 and 17 years
  • 12.9%18 to 24 years
  • 5.1%25 to 34 years
  • 4.2%35 to 44 years
  • 4.7%45 to 54 years
  • 6.0%55 to 64 years
  • 0.9%65 to 74 years
  • 2.5%75 years and over

Poverty by race and place of birth in Shelby, NC

Breakdown of poor residents within races (income below poverty level) in Shelby, NC
  • Breakdown of poor residents within races in Shelby, NC (%)
  • 17.0%White
  • 38.0%Black
  • 11.0%Asian
  • 100.0%Native Hawaiian
  • 1.0%Other race
  • 42.0%2+ races
  • 9.0%Hispanic
Breakdown of poor residents within races (income below poverty level) in Shelby, NC
  • Breakdown of poor residents within races in Shelby, NC (absolute numbers)
  • 1,911White
  • 2,850Black
  • 10Asian
  • 14Native Hawaiian
  • 3Other race
  • 1412+ races
  • 70Hispanic
Poverty status for native-born residents
  • 25.1%Below poverty level
  • 74.9%Above poverty level

Poverty in families in Shelby, NC

Children below poverty level:
Shelby, North Carolina:

50.9%
State:

19.3%
Poverty rate among high school graduates not in families:
Shelby:

16.4%
North Carolina:

17.9%
Poverty rate among people who did not graduate high school not in families:
Shelby:

43.6%
North Carolina:

42.0%
Poor families by family type
  • 11.1%Married-couple family
  • 19.1%Male, no wife present
  • 69.8%Female, no husband present
Breakdown of poor residents in Shelby not in families by work experience
  • 3.5%Worked full-time, year-round
  • 16.9%Worked part-time
  • 79.6%Did not work
Breakdown of poor married-couple families by work experience
  • 0.0%Both worked full-time
  • 0.0%One full-time, other part-time
  • 9.3%One full-time, other didn't work
  • 0.0%Both worked part-time
  • 36.1%One part-time, other didn't work
  • 54.6%Both didn't work

Other data

Year house/condo built for residents below and above poverty levels
  • Owners below poverty level
  • 0.0%1999 to 2000
  • 2.4%1995 to 1998
  • 0.0%1990 to 1994
  • 10.0%1980 to 1989
  • 17.3%1970 to 1979
  • 10.4%1960 to 1969
  • 28.4%1950 to 1959
  • 8.7%1940 to 1949
  • 22.8%1939 or earlier
  • Owners above poverty level
  • 0.5%1999 to 2000
  • 2.9%1995 to 1998
  • 3.0%1990 to 1994
  • 11.0%1980 to 1989
  • 18.9%1970 to 1979
  • 21.5%1960 to 1969
  • 20.9%1950 to 1959
  • 11.2%1940 to 1949
  • 10.1%1939 or earlier
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