County's affordable, quality housing is one of the most important factors
compelling new families to reside here. They find that low property
taxes and median property values near $52,000 make both historic home
and new construction costs considerably less than in other Indiana communities.
In addition, Shelby County boasts more than 3,500 rental properties
with median rental payments around $300 monthly. Realtors enjoy steady
business listing cozy bungalows, dignified Victorians, and contemporary
country homes throughout the county. Fashionable neighborhoods such
as Clearview, The Overlook, Countryside, Trotters Chase and Timbergate
Golf Community offer upscale living and convenient access to work and
From antiques and bakeries to barbershops and toy fairs, the Main Street experience in local communities is unique. Visit downtown Morristown for crafts or hardware. Spend some time in downtown Shelbyville to find yesteryear's bargains. Shelbyville also has retail centers located near the I-74 interchange with Indiana State Highway 44. Small businesses offer a plenitude of goods and services. Shelby County residents can choose from numerous regional shopping malls within a short driving distance.
When it comes to unforgettable dining in classic surroundings, Shelby County has it all. Choose your pleasure, whether it's Shelbyville's Fiddler's Three for steaks and seafood or Hamilton House and its Victorian setting downtown. Morristown diners visit the Kopper Kettle Inn or the Bluebird Restaurant. The Boggstown Inn is a rural establishment with a cabaret theme. From breakfast to a late night snack, a variety of locally owned restaurants will please your pallet.
Shelby Community Theatre provides a historic setting for entertainment in downtown Shelbyville. Local talent voluntarily entertains area residents and visitors with works by noted playwrights. The Shelby County Fair hosts over 100,000 visitors annually at the county fairgrounds while local festivals delight crowds with entertainment on evenings and weekends. A quick drive to downtown Indianapolis allows Shelby County residents to enjoy the arts, nightclubs, dining, and professional sports team. With all to see and do, it's no wonder that 85 percent of Shelby County's residents consider their quality of life as "good to excellent.
County has four school districts - Shelbyville Central, Northwestern
Consolidated, Shelby Eastern and Southwestern. The curriculum choices
for students are extensive. In addition, Blue River Career Center offers
college programs and technical training to secondary and post-secondary
students. The total expenditure per student exceeds $4,000 annually
in the county, and the teacher-student ratio is 1:18. Reports indicate
the highest percentage of ninth graders consistently earn A's and B's,
and an overwhelming majority of high school students continue on to
various higher education programs. Shelby County is working to provide
one of the first community colleges in Indiana to promote higher education
and lifelong learning on the local level. A number of colleges and university
programs are located in the county while several more are located within
a short commute of the area.
William S. Major Hospital is an 89-bed facility located in Shelbyville. Recognized for its state-of-the-art facilities and experienced staff, Major Hospital meets Shelby County's healthcare needs. It specializes in services such as: the organ bank, pediatrics, magnetic resonance, computerized tomography, neo-natal surgery, speech pathology, emergency services and hospice. In addition, the hospital's Center for Women's Health receives commendations for its resources and devoted personnel.
Shelby County also offers a number of retirement living centers and nursing homes including a facility dedicated to children with certain disabilities.
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