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Nishna Bend Recreation Area (photo cred: Shelby Co Conservation Board)
Mural ribbon cutting in Harlan (photo cred: Shelby County Chamber of Commerce & Industry FB)
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Life In Shelby County, Iowa


Welcome to Shelby County, IA, located in the heart of scenic Western Iowa and centered within the area known as the “Breadbasket to the World”.

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Internet Speed Rating

350 Mbps

Closest Airport

Des Moines International Airport • 82 mi

Weather (High/Low)

83 / 29

Median Home Value (3BR, 2BA)


Shelby County: FUN FACT

Harlan Theatre, now a 4-screen theater, was built in 1882 as Long's Opera House. It has been owned and operated by the same family for the past 4 generations.

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