Shelby County, Kentucky

Shelby County: County in Kentucky, United States of America


Shelby County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 42,074 and a population density of 42 people per km². After 10 years in 2020 county had an estimated population of 49,611 inhabitants. Its county seat is Shelbyville. The county was created 231 years ago in 1792.

Shelby County locator map
Location of Shelby County on Kentucky map.

Quick Facts about Shelby County

Population : 49,611 (2020)
Country : United States of America
State : Kentucky (United States)
Different from : Shelby County, Shelby County, Shelby County, Shelby County, Shelby County, Shelby County, Shelby County, Shelby County
Area : 999 km2
Official name : Shelby County
Water as percent of area : 1.6%
Land as percent of area : 98.4%
Named for : Isaac Shelby
Official language : English
Capital : Shelbyville
Establishment : June 06, 1792
Time Zone : Eastern Time Zone
Local time : 04:14:02 (11th December 2023)
Density : 50 Pop. per km² as of 2020
Population growth : 15.19% (2010-2020)
Shelby county kentucky courthouse image
Shelby county kentucky courthouse
Shelby county kentucky courthouse image


Shelby County is located at 38°12'56"N 85°11'41"W (38.2154400, -85.1947700). It has 4 neighbors: Anderson County, Franklin County, Henry County and Spencer County.

Shelby County map

The largest city of Shelby County is Simpsonville with a population of 2,963. Other cities include and Pleasureville population 875. See all Shelby County cities & populated places.

Shelby County Populated Places

Cities, towns, neighborhoods & other populated places in Shelby County.

City Name Population Title
Shelbyville 16,790 Township in Shelby County, Illinois
Simpsonville 2,963 Human settlement in Shelby County, Kentucky, United States of America
Pleasureville 875 Human settlement in Kentucky, United States of America

Shelby County has 4 neighbours.


The population of Shelby County increased by 15.19% in 10 years.

Year Population % Change Method
2010 42,074 - census
2011 42,848 1.81% estimation process
2012 43,656 1.85% estimation process
2013 44,460 1.81% estimation process
2014 45,089 1.4% estimation process
2015 45,787 1.52% estimation process
2016 46,548 1.63% estimation process
2017 47,209 1.4% estimation process
2018 48,059 1.77% estimation process
2019 49,024 1.97% estimation process
2020 49,611 1.18% estimation process

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People born in Shelby County (17)

People born in Shelby County, including politician and lawyer Charles Lynch, astronomer Joseph Winlock, civil rights leader Whitney Young, .


  • Henry Bibb (American writer and abolitionist) he was born in 10/05/1815
  • Adriel N. Williams (United States Air Force general) he was born in 11/08/1916
  • Bland Ballard (American judge) he was born in 04/09/1819
  • Henry Clay Fry (American businessman) he was born in 17/09/1840
  • James Franklin Bell (4th Chief of Staff of the United States Army) he was born in 09/01/1856
  • James C. Allen (American politician) he was born in 29/01/1822
  • Wickliffe Covington (American artist (1867-1938)) she was born in 02/07/1867
  • William P. Thorne (American politician) he was born in 05/03/1845
  • Woodson Ratcliffe Oglesby (American politician) he was born in 09/02/1867
  • John H. Callahan (United States Army Medal of Honor recipient) he was born in 25/01/1845
  • Elijah P. Marrs he was born in 01/01/1840
  • Priscilla Baird (American teacher) she was born in 01/01/1828
  • Rupert G. Seals (animal science researcher and academic administrator) he was born in 01/01/1932
  • Mary Young Ridenbaugh (American writer) she was born in 01/01/1834

Other places with the same name (9)

Kentucky Other Counties (more counties)

County Name Population Title
Jefferson County 767,452 County in Alabama, United States
Louisville 760,026 The nineteenth most populous city in the United States and the center of the Louisville metropolitan area.
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Lexington-Fayette 314,488 The most populous city in Kentucky and the center of the Lexington-Fayette metropolitan area.
Meads 288,649 A census-designated place located in Meade County, Kentucky.
Ironville 288,649 A city located in Lawrence County, Kentucky.
Lexington 225,366 The second most populous city in Kentucky.
Kenton County 167,949 County in Kentucky, United States
Boone County 135,396 County in Kentucky, United States
Warren County 134,510 County in Kentucky, United States
Hardin County 111,309 County in Tennessee, United States
Daviess County 101,978 County in Kentucky, United States
Madison County 94,265 County in Kentucky, United States
Campbell County 94,020 County in northeastern Wyoming, United States
Bullitt County 82,182 County in Kentucky, United States
Christian County 71,478 County in Missouri, United States