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Nelson, Minnesota - Basic Facts

The City of Nelson had a population of 195 as of July 1, 2017. Nelson ranks in the lower quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Minnesota. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Nelson is located at latitude 45.8866 and longitude -95.2649 in Douglas County. The formal boundaries for the City of Nelson (see map below) encompass a land area of 0.66 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Douglas County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,362 feet.

The City of Nelson (GNIS ID: 2395165) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

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.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Nelson: City of Nelson, Dent.

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


Total Population 195
Daytime Population: Workers 100
Daytime Population: Residents 82
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 182
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.93
Population in Households 195
Population in Familes 162
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 297
Diversity Index3 6


Median Household Income $57,824
Average Household Income $65,895
Per Capita Income $26,111


Total Housing Units 96 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 75 (78.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 12 (12.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 9 ( 9.4%)
Median Home Value $182,143
Average Home Value $204,333


Total Households 87
Average Household Size 2.24
Family Households 62
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 0.58% 0.71%
Households 0.49% 0.68%
Families 4.52% 0.64%
Median Household Income   1.78%
Per Capita Income   3.01%

Nelson, MN - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Nelson to the other 905 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Minnesota 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 # 698 23rd
Population Density # 618 32nd
Diversity Index # 812 10th
Median Household Income # 360 60th
Per Capita Income # 630 30th

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