Demographics

Who We Are


According to the 2000 U.S. Census, there were 897,472 people, 338,366 households, and 228,735 families residing in Shelby County. The population density was 1,189 people per square mile (459 / square kilometer) and there were 362,954 housing units at an average density of 481 per square mile (186 / square kilometer).
The racial makeup of the county was:
  • 48.56% African American
  • 47.34% Caucasian
  • 2.60% Hispanic or Latino of any race
  • 1.67% Asian

  • 1.20% from other races
  • 1.02% from two or more races
  • 0.20% Native American
  • 0.04% Pacific Islander
The cities and towns that are incorporated within Shelby County include:

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