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Shelbyville, Indiana

Shelbyville is a city in Addison Township, Shelby County, Indiana, United States. The population was 17,951 at the 2000 census. The city is the county seat of Shelby County. The current mayor is Republican Scott Furgeson.

History

Shelbyville was incorporated January 21, 1850, by a special act of the Legislature, according to county histories. The city charter received at that time was destroyed in the City Hall fire on January 1, 1928.

Geography

Shelbyville is located at (39.521832, -85.776347), at the fork of the Little Blue and Big Blue Rivers. It is 26 miles southeast of Indianapolis

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.0 square miles (23.3 km²), of which, 8.9 square miles (23.0 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it (1.22%) is water.

Climate

Annual precipitation: 40.14 inches Average temperature: 54.14 degrees

Education

Shelby County is home to Shelby Eastern Schools, Shelbyville Central Schools, Northwestern Consolidated Schools, and Southwestern Consolidated School Corporation. Shelby Eastern Schools is made up of two sister schools, Morristown and Waldron. Both of these schools reside in the towns they are named after, and both consist of an elementary and a high school. They share similar building patterns and have roughly the same number of students. Morristown's mascot is "The Yellow Jackets," and Waldron's is "The Mohawks."

Shelbyville Central Schools consists of Shelbyville High School, Shelbyville Middle School, Coulston Elementary, Loper Elementary and Hendricks Elementary. The high school and middle school's nickname is Golden Bears. Coulston is the Comets, Hendricks is the Hurricanes and Loper is the Bulldogs. In April 2006, Shelbyville High School was featured in a Time Magazine article titled, “Dropout Nation” and was highlighted in an episode of the Oprah Winfrey Show on the same topic later that month.

St. Joseph Elementary School is a private school, associated with St. Joseph Catholic Church, in Shelbyville.

Southwestern Consolidated School Corporation consists of Southwestern Elementary and Southwestern Junior/Senior High Schools. These schools are located in the southwestern portion of the county, near Marietta, Mount Auburn and Smithland. Southwestern's nickname is the Spartans.

Northwestern Consolidated Schools consists of Triton Elemenray, Triton Middle School and Triton Central High School, all in Fairland, in the northwestern part of the county. The athletic teams are nicknamed the Tigers.

Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 17,951 people, 7,307 households, and 4,654 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,023.0 people per square mile (781.4/km²). There were 7,930 housing units at an average density of 893.7/sq mi (345.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.28% White, 1.58% African American, 0.15% Native American, 1.16% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.90% from other races, and 0.91% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.91% of the population.

There were 7,307 households out of which 32.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.3% were married couples living together, 12.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.3% were non-families. 30.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.2% 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 2.96. In the city the population was spread out with 26.2% under the age of 18, 9.5% from 18 to 24, 31.6% from 25 to 44, 19.3% from 45 to 64, and 13.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 94.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $36,824, and the median income for a family was $46,379. Males had a median income of $34,550 versus $24,331 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,670. About 6.1% of families and 9.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.8% of those under age 18 and 11.6% of those age 65 or over.

Notable natives and residents

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