The county of Shelby is located in Iowa and was founded in 1851. There are 11,927 residents in Shelby who have access to courthouses in Harlan. In general, each county has a full set of courts, from traffic court to superior and appellate court; supreme courts are usually located in the state capital. Iowa is part of the 8th federal circuit court as well.
There are 5,106 residents in Harlan, which is 4.4 square miles and 1,253ft above sea level.