Nelson, NE Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Nelson, Nebraska - Basic Facts

The City of Nelson had a population of 525 as of July 1, 2017.

The primary coordinate point for Nelson is located at latitude 40.2012 and longitude -98.0686 in Nuckolls County. The formal boundaries for the City of Nelson (see map below) encompass a land area of 0.82 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Nuckolls County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,696 feet.

The City of Nelson (GNIS ID: 2395167) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Nelson is located within Nelson Election Precinct, a minor civil division (MCD) of Nuckolls County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Nelson population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

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Nelson, NE Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 525
Daytime Population: Workers 276
Daytime Population: Residents 279
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 555
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.06
Population in Households 525
Population in Familes 417
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 644
Diversity Index3 11


Median Household Income $43,400
Average Household Income $50,711
Per Capita Income $23,560


Total Housing Units 312 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 196 (62.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 68 (21.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 48 (15.4%)
Median Home Value $68,750
Average Home Value $150,000


Total Households 264
Average Household Size 1.99
Family Households 164
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 1.01% 0.27%
Households 1.15% 0.38%
Families 1.91% 0.12%
Median Household Income   1.69%
Per Capita Income   2.16%

Nelson, NE - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Nelson to the other 580 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Nebraska by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 197 66th
Population Density # 357 39th
Diversity Index # 355 40th
Median Household Income # 447 23rd
Per Capita Income # 504 13th

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