Shelby, Montana, the county seat of Toole County, is located in north central Montana, approximately 30 miles south of the Canadian border and about 80 miles east of Glacier National Park. The elevation is 3,297 ft (1,005 m). Shelby is one of only three locations in the United States which have an antipode (land directly opposite them on the other side of the Earth). The climate is equally varied; and has a semi-arid continental climate. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.3 square miles (8.5 km²), of which, 3.2 square miles (8.2 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it (3.95%25) is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 3,216 people, 1,196 households, and 735 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,018.8 people per square mile (392.9/km²). There were 1,349 housing units at an average density of 427.3/sq mi (164.8/km²). Shelby has strong visual arts, music programs, and formal instructions in dance. Techniques of creative cultural arts are used by the school teachers.
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