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Shelley, Idaho

  •   State: 
    Bingham County
      County all: 
    Bingham | Bonneville
      County FIPS: 
    16011 | 16019
    43°22′46″N 112°7′26″W
      Area total: 
    1.81 sq mi (4.68 km²)
      Area land: 
    1.81 sq mi (4.68 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.00 sq mi (0.00 km²)
    4,633 ft (1,412 m)
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Blackfoot, ID
    Mountain Standard Time (MST) UTC-7:00; Mountain Daylight Time (MDT) UTC-6:00
      ZIP codes: 

    Shelley, Bingham County, Idaho, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    2,472.87 residents per square mile of area (954.83/km²)
      Household income: 
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Shelley is a city in Bingham County, Idaho. The population was 4,409 at the 2010 census. The mascot for the city's high school is a Russet Burbank potato that wears a crown, robe and scepter. Since 1927 Shelley has been home to the "Idaho Annual Spud Day", which is celebrated on the 3rd Saturday of September. It typically features a parade, live bands, a Spud Tug, a spud-picking Contest, and free baked potatoes. The city is located at 43°2246N 112°726W (43.379490, -112.123846).According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.81 square miles (4.69 km²), all of it land. Soren Yorgesen, a local Justice of the Peace and proprietor of the first hotel in Shelley recounts the experience as follows:...One windy afternoon in the heat of the summer, a fire started in a small grocery store operated by James Jensen. It did not take long until the wind was fanning a flame that wiped out quite a long string of frame buildings - two saloons, restaurant, Odd Fellows Hall, Post Office and Confectionery, Grocery Store, and dwelling. The town was named for John F. Shelley, who moved to the area in 1892. Later a spur was put in here by the railroad company. Now they needed a name for the town. Mother suggested 'Shelco'; Father said,'shelton,' so they drew cuts and Mother won.


Shelley was established in 1904. It was named for John F. Shelley, who moved to the area in 1892. On September 4, 1902 a large fire destroyed seven buildings on State Street. Only two buildings, a general merchandise store and Nalder's furniture store, were saved. The town was named after a spur put in by the railroad company. The spur was named Shelley after John Shelley, the store owner who ordered the lumber to be thrown off the train on both sides of the track. He asked the railroad to make a special stop to offload the supplies he'd ordered. They consented, provided he could offload them in under 20 minutes. His daughter, Lottie, wrote the following in her personal history: With the help of Chris Mickelson and others, the lumber was thrown off. Later a spur was put in here by the railway company. Now they needed a name for the town. Mother suggested 'Shelco'; Father said,'shelton,' so they drew cuts and Mother won. The railroad company replied: 'Call your town what you wish, but we have already named the spur, Shelley '. That is how the town got its name. The name Shelley was submitted to the company and they replied: ‘Call it what you want.’ The town's name is now Shelley, after the town's founder, John Shelley. It is located on the U.S. Geological Survey map of the area.


Shelley is located at 43°2246N 112°726W (43.379490, -112.123846).According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.81 square miles (4.69 km²), all of it land. The city is located on the eastern side of the Snake River, facing the Blackfoot Mountains. The Shelley Greenbelt is a fully paved trail, a collaborative project between Shelley and Bingham County. The trail includes picnic tables, benches, and activities for families throughout. It runs for 2 miles before terminating at North Bingham county Park. It is located across the street from Shelley High School, across the road from the fire department, and across the river from the town hall. The town is located in the eastern part of the state, near the Idaho/Montana border and the Idaho-Wyoming state line. It has a population of 1,856 (as of the 2010 U.S. Census), up from 1,744 (as at the 2000 Census) in 2000. It was founded in 1858. The area was once known as "Shelleys" and was named after the town's first postmaster, William "Bill" Shelley, who was born in 1856. The current mayor is   David Wright, a former mayor of the town of Shelley, Idaho, who served as mayor from 1989 to 1994. The mayor is also the mayor of Shelley since 1998, when he was elected.

Idaho Annual Spud Day

In September, 1927, Shelley hosted its first Spud Day. Now a yearly tradition usually taking place on the third Saturday each September. Other events include the spud tug - where teams play a game of tug of war over a pit of mashed potatoes blended together in a cement truck, spud run - a set of 1-mile and 5k races, concerts, fairground booths and games, and a demolition derby. This event is usually the beginning of Spud Harvest, a 2-week break from school to allow students to assist in the seasons potato harvest. It is also the start of the annual Idaho Spud Festival, a celebration of the state's potato harvest, which takes place each year on the 3rd Saturday of September. The festival is also known as the "Idaho Spud Parade" and features the various clubs and bands of the schools in the area, as well as local businesses and groups. It also features a parade that features the different schools and bands from the area. The day is usually followed by a fireworks display and a parade through the downtown area. This year's event will be held on the 4th of September, on the same day as the Idaho National Spud festival. It will also be the first time the Idaho State Spud Federation has been held in the state since it was formed in the 1970s. The event will also mark the end of the school year, allowing students to help with the potato harvest for the next two weeks.


As of the census of 2010, there were 4,409 people, 1,445 households, and 1,123 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,435.9 inhabitants per square mile (940.5/km²) The racial makeup of the city was 89.0% White, 0.3% African American, 0.8% Native American, and 0.7% Asian. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11.78% of the population. The city's median income was $39,318, and the median income for a family was $41,223. About 7.9% of families and 9.6% of those under age 18 were below the poverty line, including 10.6 per cent of those age 65 or over. The average household size was 3.05 and the average family size was3.53. The median age in theCity was 27.8 years. For every 100 females there were 96.2 males. For each 100 females age 18 and over there were 90.3 males. The gender makeup ofThe city's population was 49.4% male and 50.6 percent female. There were 1,531 housing units at an average density of 845.9 per squaremile (326.6/km 2) The city had a population of 3,813 people in 2000, with 1,253 people in 2010, and 3,409 in 2011. The 2010 census showed a population growth of 0.4%.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Shelley, Bingham County, Idaho = 89. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 28. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 87. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Shelley = 4.7 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 6,608 individuals with a median age of 29.5 age the population grows by 8.94% in Shelley, Bingham County, Idaho population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 2,472.87 residents per square mile of area (954.83/km²). There are average 3.05 people per household in the 1,347 households with an average household income of $48,063 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 5.60% of the available work force and has dropped -2.33% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 29.74%. The number of physicians in Shelley per 100,000 population = 84.1.


The annual rainfall in Shelley = 12.1 inches and the annual snowfall = 28.7 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 82. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 203. 87 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 13 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 74, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Shelley, Bingham County, Idaho which are owned by the occupant = 73.53%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 35 years with median home cost = $113,160 and home appreciation of 1.52%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $9.38 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $3,389 per student. There are 20.5 students for each teacher in the school, 799 students for each Librarian and 431 students for each Counselor. 10.35% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 10.86% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 3.81% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Shelley's population in Bingham County, Idaho of 2,823 residents in 1900 has increased 2,34-fold to 6,608 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 50.83% female residents and 49.17% male residents live in Shelley, Bingham County, Idaho.

    As of 2020 in Shelley, Bingham County, Idaho are married and the remaining 34.78% are single population.

  • 20 minutes is the average time that residents in Shelley require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    69.94% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 16.05% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 3.86% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 5.90% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Shelley, Bingham County, Idaho, 73.53% are owner-occupied homes, another 21.87% are rented apartments, and the remaining 4.60% are vacant.

  • The 66.13% of the population in Shelley, Bingham County, Idaho who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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