Nelson, Illinois

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Population in 2019: 159 (0% urban, 100% rural).
Population change since 2000: -2.5%
 
Males: 67  (42.5%)
Females: 92  (57.5%)
Median resident age:

38.5 years
Illinois median age:

38.6 years

Zip code: 61071

Estimated median household income in 2019: $33,254 (it was $35,833 in 2000)
Nelson:

$33,254
IL:

$69,187

Estimated per capita income in 2019: $19,187 (it was $15,043 in 2000)

Estimated median house or condo value in 2019: $79,770 (it was $52,900 in 2000)
Nelson:

$79,770
IL:

$209,100

Mean prices in 2019: all housing units: $82,458; detached houses: $81,400

Median gross rent in 2019: $745.

March 2019 cost of living index in Nelson: 85.5 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2019: 19.9%
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  • Races in Nelson, IL (2010)
    • 15993.5%White alone
    • 95.3%Hispanic
    • 10.6%Black alone
    • 10.6%American Indian alone
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Ancestries: Dutch (24.0%), German (24.0%), American (12.0%), Scottish (12.0%), Irish (4.0%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 08/20/1923

Elevation: 656 feet

Land area: 0.23 square miles.

Population density: 701 people per square mile   (low).

Nelson, Illinois map

2 residents are foreign born

This village:

1.5%
Illinois:

14.1%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2019: $2,364 (3.4%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2019: $1,115 (1.4%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Rockford, IL (42.7 miles , pop. 150,115).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Madison, WI (89.1 miles , pop. 208,054).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (99.3 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities:

Sterling, IL (2.1 miles ),
Rock Falls, IL (2.2 miles ),
Harmon, IL (2.4 miles),
Dixon, IL (2.7 miles ),
Como, IL (2.9 miles ),
Grand Detour, IL (3.5 miles ),
Coleta, IL (3.6 miles),
Polo, IL (3.6 miles )

Latitude: 41.80 N, Longitude: 89.60 W

Area code: 815

Distribution of median household income in Nelson, IL in 2019
Distribution of house value in Nelson, IL in 2019

Nelson satellite photo by USGS

Unemployment in November 2020:
Here:

4.5%
Illinois:

6.5%
Most common industries in Nelson, IL (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Construction (25.9%)
  • Metal & metal products (16.7%)
  • Rail transportation (7.4%)
  • Social assistance (5.6%)
  • Accommodation & food services (5.6%)
  • Building material & garden equipment & supplies dealers (3.7%)
  • Hardware, plumbing & heating equipment, supplies merchant wholesalers (3.7%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Construction (40.0%)
  • Metal & metal products (14.3%)
  • Rail transportation (11.4%)
  • Machinery (5.7%)
  • Building material & garden equipment & supplies dealers (5.7%)
  • Truck transportation (5.7%)
  • Administrative & support & waste management services (5.7%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Metal & metal products (21.1%)
  • Social assistance (15.8%)
  • Hardware, plumbing & heating equipment, supplies merchant wholesalers (10.5%)
  • Printing & related support activities (10.5%)
  • U. S. Postal service (10.5%)
  • Data processing, libraries, other information services (10.5%)
  • Accommodation & food services (10.5%)
Most common occupations in Nelson, IL (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Construction traders workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (18.5%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (9.3%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (9.3%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (7.4%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (5.6%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (3.7%)
  • Operations specialties managers, except financial managers (3.7%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Construction traders workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (28.6%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (14.3%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (8.6%)
  • Operations specialties managers, except financial managers (5.7%)
  • Other protective service workers, including supervisors (5.7%)
  • Carpenters (5.7%)
  • Other material moving workers, except laborers (5.7%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (26.3%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (21.1%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (10.5%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (10.5%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (10.5%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (5.3%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (5.3%)

Average climate in Nelson, Illinois

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Tornado activity:

Nelson-area historical tornado activity is near Illinois state average. It is 53% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 3/29/1981, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 14.6 miles away from the Nelson village center caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

On 8/5/1979, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 11.9 miles away from the village center caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Nelson-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Illinois state average. It is 87% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/18/2008 at 09:36:59, a magnitude 5.4 (5.1 MB, 4.8 MS, 5.4 MW, 5.2 MW, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 248.5 miles away from Nelson center
On 6/10/1987 at 23:48:54, a magnitude 5.1 (4.9 MB, 4.4 MS, 4.6 MS, 5.1 LG) earthquake occurred 224.9 miles away from Nelson center
On 6/28/2004 at 06:10:52, a magnitude 4.2 (4.2 MW, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 43.2 miles away from the city center
On 4/18/2008 at 09:36:59, a magnitude 5.2 (5.2 MW, Depth: 8.9 mi) earthquake occurred 248.6 miles away from the city center
On 6/18/2002 at 17:37:15, a magnitude 5.0 (4.3 MB, 4.6 MW, 5.0 LG) earthquake occurred 280.7 miles away from the city center
On 4/18/2008 at 15:14:16, a magnitude 4.8 (4.5 MB, 4.8 MW, 4.6 MW) earthquake occurred 247.7 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Lee County (9) is smaller than the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 4
Emergencies Declared: 3

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 4, Storms: 4, Snowstorms: 2, Blizzard: 1, Hurricane: 1, Snow: 1, Winter Storm: 1, Other: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Nelson topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers near Nelson:

  • NORTHERN IL SURGERY CENTER (Hospital, about 2 miles away; DIXON, IL)
  • CGH HOME NURSING (Home Health Center, about 4 miles away; STERLING, IL)
  • EXCEPTIONAL CARE AND TRAINING CTR (Nursing Home, about 4 miles away; STERLING, IL)
  • GAFFEY HOME NURSING AND HOSPICE (Home Health Center, about 4 miles away; STERLING, IL)
  • ROCK FALLS REHAB AND HCC (Nursing Home, about 4 miles away; ROCK FALLS, IL)
  • TRANSITIONS NURSING AND REHABILITATION CENTER (Nursing Home, about 4 miles away; ROCK FALLS, IL)
  • COVENTRY LIVING CENTER (Nursing Home, about 5 miles away; STERLING, IL)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Nelson:

  • Ashford University (about 31 miles; Clinton, IA; Full-time enrollment: 73,330)
  • Kishwaukee College (about 39 miles; Malta, IL; FT enrollment: 3,356)
  • Illinois Valley Community College (about 43 miles; Oglesby, IL; FT enrollment: 2,747)
  • Northern Illinois University (about 45 miles; Dekalb, IL; FT enrollment: 18,126)
  • Rock Valley College (about 48 miles; Rockford, IL; FT enrollment: 6,269)
  • Black Hawk College (about 49 miles; Moline, IL; FT enrollment: 5,086)
  • Kaplan University-Davenport Campus (about 52 miles; Davenport, IA; FT enrollment: 60,376)

Points of interest:

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Birthplace of: Lou Bevil - Baseball player.

Lee County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential
Average household size:
This village:

2.5 people
Illinois:

2.6 people

Percentage of family households:
This village:

62.7%
Whole state:

65.8%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This village:

7.5%
Whole state:

6.3%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 1.5% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.0% of all households

For population 15 years and over in Nelson:

Marital status in Nelson, IL
  • Never married: 31.5%
  • Now married: 36.4%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 10.4%
  • Divorced: 21.7%

For population 25 years and over in Nelson:

  • High school or higher: 89.5%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 2.3%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 1.2%
  • Unemployed: 6.9%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 21.3 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2019
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2019
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

5.2
Illinois average:

12.0

Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Nelson, IL (based on Lee County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic8,3799
Mainline Protestant6,33527
Evangelical Protestant3,52822
Black Protestant1191
Other32
None17,667-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 6
This county:

1.71 / 10,000 pop.
Illinois:

2.24 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Lee County:

0.28 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.08 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
This county:

0.28 / 10,000 pop.
Illinois:

0.75 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 16
This county:

4.56 / 10,000 pop.
Illinois:

2.61 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 30
This county:

8.55 / 10,000 pop.
Illinois:

6.86 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

8.6%
State:

8.3%
Adult obesity rate:
This county:

27.3%
State:

25.2%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

13.6%
Illinois:

14.5%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
This city:

48.3%
Illinois:

48.6%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
This city:

43.5%
State:

45.7%

Average BMI:
Nelson:

29.4
Illinois:

28.7

People feeling badly about themselves:
Nelson:

24.7%
Illinois:

21.1%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Nelson:

19.5%
Illinois:

11.0%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Here:

6.8
Illinois:

6.8

Overweight people:
Nelson:

39.2%
Illinois:

33.2%

General health condition:
This city:

51.2%
Illinois:

55.4%

Average condition of hearing:
Nelson:

77.3%
State:

79.5%

More about Health and Nutrition of Nelson, IL Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2017)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Financial Administration 0$0 1$726
Other Government Administration 0$0 8$640
Totals for Government 0$0 9$1,366

Nelson government finances - Expenditure in 2017 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - Solid Waste Management: $10,000 ($62.89)
    Financial Administration: $9,000 ($56.60)
    General - Other: $5,000 ($31.45)
    Regular Highways: $3,000 ($18.87)
    Central Staff Services: $2,000 ($12.58)
    General Public Buildings: $2,000 ($12.58)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $9,000 ($56.60)

Nelson government finances - Revenue in 2017 (per resident):

  • Charges - Solid Waste Management: $5,000 ($31.45)
  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $24,000 ($150.94)
    Highways: $4,000 ($25.16)
    Other: $4,000 ($25.16)
  • Tax - Property: $4,000 ($25.16)
    Other License: $1,000 ($6.29)

Nelson government finances - Cash and Securities in 2017 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $212,000 ($1333.33)

5.62% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($42,401 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.62%
Illinois average:

4.69%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from Whiteside County, IL  1.21% ($37,353 average AGI)
from Ogle County, IL  1.15% ($36,570)
from Cook County, IL  0.31% ($63,930)


5.94% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($46,679 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.94%
Illinois average:

5.50%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Ogle County, IL  1.05% ($46,317 average AGI)
to Whiteside County, IL  1.03% ($41,394)
to DeKalb County, IL  0.35% ($40,776)

Strongest AM radio stations in Nelson:

  • WSDR (1240 AM; 1 kW; STERLING, IL; Owner: W. RUSSELL WITHERS, JR.)
  • WIXN (1460 AM; 1 kW; DIXON, IL; Owner: NEWRADIO GROUP, LLC)
  • WSCR (670 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WGN (720 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: WGN CONTINENTAL BROADCASTING CO.)
  • WBBM (780 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WTMJ (620 AM; 50 kW; MILWAUKEE, WI; Owner: JOURNAL BROADCAST CORPORATION)
  • WMVP (1000 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: ABC, INC.)
  • WLS (890 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: WLS, INC.)
  • WYLL (1160 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: SCA LICENSE CORPORATION)
  • WISN (1130 AM; 50 kW; MILWAUKEE, WI; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WFRL (1570 AM; 5 kW; FREEPORT, IL; Owner: MAYFAIR BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WROK (1440 AM; 5 kW; ROCKFORD, IL; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • KXEL (1540 AM; 50 kW; WATERLOO, IA; Owner: KXEL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Nelson:

  • WLLT (107.7 FM; POLO, IL; Owner: SAUK VALLEY BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WRCV (101.7 FM; DIXON, IL; Owner: NEWRADIO GROUP, LLC)
  • WNIQ (91.5 FM; STERLING, IL; Owner: NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY)
  • WSSQ (94.3 FM; STERLING, IL; Owner: W. RUSSELL WITHERS, JR.)
  • WSEY (95.7 FM; OREGON, IL; Owner: NEWRADIO GROUP, LLC)
  • KUUL (101.3 FM; EAST MOLINE, IL; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • WZZT (95.1 FM; MORRISON, IL; Owner: W. RUSSELL WITHERS, JR.)
  • WLLR-FM (103.7 FM; DAVENPORT, IA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KCQQ (106.5 FM; DAVENPORT, IA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KMXG (96.1 FM; CLINTON, IA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • WMKB (102.9 FM; EARLVILLE, IL; Owner: KM RADIO OF EARLVILLE, L.L.C.)

TV broadcast stations around Nelson:

  • W52BI (Channel 52; STERLING/DIXON, IL; Owner: TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK)
  • W48CK (Channel 48; STERLING, IL; Owner: BLACK HAWK COLLEGE)
  • WWTO-TV (Channel 35; LASALLE, IL; Owner: TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK)
  • KWQC-TV (Channel 6; DAVENPORT, IA; Owner: YOUNG BROADCASTING OF DAVENPORT, INC.)
  • WHBF-TV (Channel 4; ROCK ISLAND, IL; Owner: CORONET COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY)
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 23Number of bridges
  • 180ft / 54.5mTotal length
  • 131,685Total average daily traffic
  • 23,997Total average daily truck traffic
  • 86,506Total future (year 2040) average daily traffic
New bridges in Nelson, IL - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 11900-1909
  • 11930-1939
  • 21960-1969
  • 91970-1979
  • 21980-1989
  • 41990-1999
  • 22000-2009
  • 22010-2018
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for Nelson, IL

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

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  • BRAD G ZIELIE, C&nw Right Of Way (Lat: 41.796944 Lon: -89.606667), Type: 78.6, Overall height: 78.6 m, Registrant: Union Pacific Railroad Company, Uplicensing@up.Com, , Omaha, Phone: (402) 544-1777
  • BRAD G ZIELIE, Up Right Of Way And W Bassett St. (Lat: 41.796361 Lon: -89.607000), Type: 78.6, Overall height: 78.6 m, Registrant: Union Pacific Railroad Company, Uplicensing@up.Com, , Omaha, Phone: (402) 544-1777
  • BRAD G ZIELIE, Up Right Of Way And W Bassett St. (Lat: 41.796361 Lon: -89.607000), Type: 78.6, Overall height: 78.6 m, Registrant: Union Pacific Railroad Company, Uplicensing@up.Com, , Omaha, Phone: (402) 544-1777
  • C&nw Right Of Way (Lat: 41.796944 Lon: -89.606667), Type: 78.6, Overall height: 78.6 m, Registrant: Union Pacific Railroad, Todd_h@northwest.Com, , Omaha, Phone: (402) 271-3089

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

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  • NELSON MAS, C&nw Right Of Way (Lat: 41.796972 Lon: -89.606750), Type: Tower, Structure height: 78.6 m, Call Sign: WPWB612,
    Assigned Frequencies: 932.381 MHz, 941.381 MHz, Grant Date: 09/28/2012, Expiration Date: 10/04/2022, Certifier: Brad G Zielie, Registrant: Union Pacific Railroad Company, 1400 Douglas St Stop 0650, Omaha, NE 68179, Phone: (402) 544-1777, Fax: (402) 233-2025, Email:
  • NELSON MW, Up Right Of Way And W Bassett St. (Lat: 41.796361 Lon: -89.607000), Type: Gtower, Structure height: 78.6 m, Call Sign: WQIA389,
    Assigned Frequencies: 6063.80 MHz, 6226.89 MHz, 6226.89 MHz, 6226.89 MHz, 6226.89 MHz, 6226.89 MHz, 6775.00 MHz, 6795.00 MHz, 6745.00 MHz, 11525.0 MHz... (+4 more), Grant Date: 11/23/2017, Expiration Date: 12/06/2027, Certifier: Brad G Zielie, Registrant: Prokarma, 222 So 15th St. Suite 505n, Omaha, NE 68102, Phone: (402) 522-5068, Fax: (402) 233-3179, Email:
  • INV, Edge Of Rock River (Lat: 41.812889 Lon: -89.588861), Type: Ltower, Structure height: 54.9 m, Overall height: 56.4 m, Call Sign: WQST572,
    Assigned Frequencies: 11135.0 MHz, 11135.0 MHz, 11135.0 MHz, 11135.0 MHz, 11135.0 MHz, 11135.0 MHz, Grant Date: 11/13/2013, Expiration Date: 11/13/2023, Certifier: Luke Pack, Registrant: Rise Broadband, 61 Inverness Drive East Suite 250, Englewood, CO 80112, Phone: (815) 544-1168, Fax: (815) 380-6512, Email:
  • NELSON, C&nw Right Of Way (Lat: 41.796972 Lon: -89.606750), Type: Tower, Structure height: 78.6 m, Call Sign: KYT52,
    Assigned Frequencies: 6745.00 MHz, 6795.00 MHz, 6825.00 MHz, Grant Date: 05/13/2009, Expiration Date: 08/09/2019, Cancellation Date: 04/26/2012, Registrant: Union Pacific Railroad, 1400 Douglas St. Stop 0650, Omaha, NE 68179, Phone: (402) 544-1777, Fax: (402) 280-6565, Email:

Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Nelson, IL
  • 97.1%Utility gas
  • 2.9%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Nelson, IL
  • 96.0%Utility gas
  • 4.0%Bottled, tank, or LP gas


Nelson compared to Illinois state average:

  • Median household income below state average.
  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • House age above state average.
  • Number of college students significantly below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher significantly below state average.
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