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County Details
County #117: Shelby MSA: Birmingham-Hoover Area of State: Central
Communities: Alabaster, Vincent, Westover , Wilsonville, Wilton
Population and Income Estimates
  County 15-mile Radius 30-mile Radius 45-mile Radius
2010 Census
195,085 117,230 775,072 1,146,831
2018 Estimate
215,964 129,060 813,446 1,192,149
2023 Projection
230,529 137,335 838,251 1,221,145
2018 Est. Median Household Income
$77,221 $69,362 $53,741 $53,020
2018 Est. Median Age
38 38 39 39

Source: ESRI. Note: Radius data is from county seat. Portions of the Data include the intellectual property of Esri and its licensors and are used under license. Copyright © 2017 Esri and its licensors. All rights reserved.
County Labor Analysis
2017 Labor Force
County Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Shelby 109,331 105,804 3,527 3.2%
2015 Workforce Commuting Patterns
There are 30,992 county residents working in the county and 56,291 working outside of the county. Additionally, there are a total of 53,195 residents living outside of Shelby county that commute to jobs within the county.
Top Five Counties Receiving Workers
1. Jefferson    2. Tuscaloosa    3. Montgomery
4. Talladega    5. Madison
Top Five Counties Sending Workers
1. Jefferson    2. Chilton    3. St. Clair
4. Tuscaloosa    5. Talladega

Source: US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics; U.S.Census Bureau, Center for Economic Studies, LEHD Origin-Destination Employment Statistics (LODES) , OnTheMap application.
County Employment by Industry
Total: 19,654
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting: **
Mining: **
Utilities: 95
Construction: 1,357
Manufacturing: 3,598
Wholesale Trade: 1,044
Retail Trade: 1,044
Transportation and Warehousing: 289
Information: 84
Finance and Insurance: 469
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing: 93
Professional and Technical Services: 634
Management of Companies and Enterprises: 190
Administrative and Waste Services: 720
Educational Services: 13
Health Care and Social Assistance: 1,934
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation: 59
Accommodation and Food Services: 2,370
Other Services (except public administration): 629
Total Federal Government: 116
Total State Government: 365
Total Local Government: 2,423
County Wage by Industry
Total: $728,281,614
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting: **
Mining: **
Utilities: $8,594,144
Construction: $60,615,356
Manufacturing: $179,084,361
Wholesale Trade: $46,466,081
Retail Trade: $46,466,081
Transportation and Warehousing: $12,689,691
Information: $5,240,478
Finance and Insurance: $21,591,127
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing: $3,462,666
Professional and Technical Services: $25,000,937
Management of Companies and Enterprises: $15,611,711
Administrative and Waste Services: $24,209,313
Educational Services: $329,078
Health Care and Social Assistance: $73,310,014
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation: $1,016,876
Accommodation and Food Services: $33,716,798
Other Services (except public administration): $21,295,437
Total Federal Government: $5,579,154
Total State Government: $16,674,164
Total Local Government: $93,383,109
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages, 2017 annual averages. Note: **Data do not meet BLS or state agency disclosure standards.
Major Employers in Shelby County
Shelby County Board of EducationEducation2,491
EBSCO Industries, Inc.Publishing1,254
Shelby Baptist Medical CenterHealthcare1,125
Publix SupermarketsGrocery1,047
Southern Company/Alabama PowerElectricity1,034
DST Health SolutionsHealthcare Consulting Services700
FIS GlobalSoftware668
Shelby County GovernmentGovernment615
Major Manufacturing Employers in Shelby County
Southern Company/ Alabama PowerElectricity1,034
EBSCO Industries, Inc.Publishing756
MacLean Power Systems Pole Line Hardware350
Summer ClassicsLawn and Garden Furniture325
AGC Automotive AmericasAutomobile Glass320
Vulcan Steel Rods, Bolts, Cold Finished Bars & Heat Treat 250
Lhoist North AmericaLime240
BioHorizonsMedical Devices200
Argos Cement LLC Roberta PlantCement180
Deshazo Overhead Cranes170
Source: Local economic development contacts
2018 County Population 25 Plus by Education Attainment
Graduate/Professional Degree:   15.0%
Bachelors Degree: 27.8%
Associates Degree: 7.6%
Some College, No Degree: 21.2%
High School Graduate/GED: 20.4%
9-12th Grade (No Diploma): 5.5%
Less than 9th Grade: 2.5%

Source: ESRI. Note: Portions of the Data include the intellectual property of Esri and its licensors and are used under license. Copyright © 2017 Esri and its licensors. All rights reserved.
Colleges and Universities
University of Montevallo - Montevallo, AL
Jefferson State Community College Shelby - Shelby County

Source: Alabama Commission on Higher Education. Note: Information on Alabama’s two and four year colleges can be found on the Commission’s website http://

School Systems
Alabaster City
Pelham City
Shelby County

Source: Alabama Department of Education; Note: Detailed information on Alabama’s public school systems and individual schools can be accessed on the Alabama Department of Education website;
2017 County Profile General Tax Structure
Ad Valorem Tax     Alabama has a state property tax rate of 6.5 mills (3 mills for education). Both county and city can levy property tax. All real and personal business property is assessed at 20% of fair market value.

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Other Business Related Taxes County (Outside Incorporated Areas) State
State Tax General Rate: 1.00% 4.00%
Use Tax General Rate: 1.00% 4.00%
Sales Tax on Machinery: 0.38% 1.50%
Use Tax on Machinery: 0.38% 1.50%
Source: Alabama Department of Revenue; Note: Information on business-related taxes is available on the Alabama Department of Revenue website at Construction materials are taxed at the general rate. Inventories and goods-in-process are not taxed.
Interstates in County: I-65      
Federal Highways in County: US-280       US-31      
Railroads Serving County: CSX Transportation       Norfolk Southern      

Source: Alabama Department of Transportation Intermodal Division,

Commercial Air Service General Aviation Service
Nearest commerical air service: Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport Nearest general aviation facility: Shelby County Airport
Birmingham, AL Alabaster, AL

Source: EDPA Survey of Commercial Airports; Alabama Department of Transportation Aeronautics Bureau;;