Shelby County was formed in 1792. It is located in the Outer Bluegrass region of the state. The elevation in the county ranges from 550 to 1188 feet above sea level. In 2000 the county population was 33,337 in a land area of 384.19 square miles, an average of 86.8 people per square mile. The county seat is Shelbyville.
With easy access to I-64, Shelby County is just 30 minutes from downtown Louisville, making it a reasonable option for home buyers who work in neighboring Jefferson County. Shelbyville, the county seat, contains a large historic district that includes most of its downtown commercial center. Situated in Kentucky’s famous bluegrass country, Shelby County offers close-knit communities with all the conveniences of city life.