The community of Elliston-Lafayette is approximately four miles east of Shawsville. The majority of US 460 between the communities is a completely straight stretch of road, which is not common in this area of Virginia, known locally as the Elliston Straightaway. During the 1990s, there was some minor controversy between Elliston and Shawsville about how far down the Elliston Straightaway would be the appropriate place for a "Welcome to Shawsville" sign. Additionally, Shawsville Elementary School also resides in 24087, the Elliston ZIP Code.
There were 431 households out of which 35.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.2% were married couples living together, 12.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.6% were non-families. 23.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.79.
In the CDP the population was spread out with 25.6% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 31.6% from 25 to 44, 24.3% from 45 to 64, and 10.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 100.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.4 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $31,953, and the median income for a family was $36,667. Males had a median income of $32,679 versus $19,783 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $27,174. About 6.9% of families and 10.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.3% of those under age 18 and 8.9% of those age 65 or over.