Shelby County is located in west-central Iowa. The County Seat is Harlan and the largest city is Harlan. The Official Web Site is located at http://www.shco.org/. The 2014 population estimate is 11,948 and the 2010 census population was 12,167. The land area is 590.78 square miles and there are 20.6 persons per square mile.
97.9% of the population is White, 0.5% is Black or African American, 2.1% is Hispanic or Latino, 0.4% is Asian, 0.4% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.1% is Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 0.8% is two or more races. 90.9% have a high school degree or higher, and 18.2% have a Bachelor degree or higher.
The median home value is $104,700, there are 5,083 households, an average of 2.33 persons per household. The per capita income is $26,387, the median household income is $48,783, and 10.8% of the persons in Shelby County are considered below poverty level.
The total number of firms, at last estimate, was 1,388. Retail sales (in $1000) were $135,125, and sales per capita were $10,996. The percentage of black-owned firms is 0%, and the percentage of women-owned firms is 19.5%.
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