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Shirley, Indiana - Basic Facts

The Town of Shirley had a population of 795 as of July 1, 2020. Shirley ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Indiana. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Shirley is located at latitude 39.892 and longitude -85.5769 in Hancock County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Shirley encompass a land area of 0.35 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Hancock County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 1,027 feet.

While the primary coordinates for Town of Shirley are located in Hancock County, it should be noted that the formal boundaries for this community also extend into and Henry County.

The Town of Shirley (GNIS ID: 2397659) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The Town of Shirley is located within Township of Brown, a minor civil division (MCD) of Hancock County.


Shirley, IN Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)


Total Population 795 (100%)
Population in Households 795 (100.0%)
Population in Families 670 (84.3%)
Population in Group Quarters1 0
Population Density 2,257
Diversity Index2 9


Median Household Income $52,701
Average Household Income $70,776
% of Income for Mortgage4 7%
Per Capita Income $27,228
Wealth Index5 75


Total HU (Housing Units) 363 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 246 (67.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 72 (19.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 44 (12.1%)
Median Home Value $88,274
Average Home Value $109,008
Housing Affordability Index3 350


Total Households 319
Average Household Size 2.49
Family Households 233
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different races or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2020 2020-2025
Population -0.42% -0.18%
Households -0.27% -0.06%
Families 0.34% -0.17%
Median Household Income   1.63%
Per Capita Income   2.23%
Owner Occupied HU   -0.08%


Shirley, IN - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Shirley to the other 679 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Indiana by rank and percentile using July 1, 2020 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 382 44th
Population Density # 73 89th
Median Household Income # 372 45th
Housing Affordability Index # 635 94th
Per Capita Income # 271 60th
Diversity Index # 473 30th

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