Nelson, Minnesota

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Population in 2019: 194 (0% urban, 100% rural).
Population change since 2000: +12.8%
 
Males: 105  (54.2%)
Females: 89  (45.8%)
Median resident age:

57.0 years
Minnesota median age:

38.4 years

Zip codes: 56355, 56360.

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Estimated median household income in 2019: $44,982 (it was $34,375 in 2000)
Nelson:

$44,982
MN:

$74,593

Estimated per capita income in 2019: $24,317 (it was $13,419 in 2000)

Estimated median house or condo value in 2019: $130,457 (it was $62,500 in 2000)
Nelson:

$130,457
MN:

$246,700

Mean prices in 2019: all housing units: $276,038; detached houses: $285,702; townhouses or other attached units: $246,654; in 2-unit structures: $317,682; in 3-to-4-unit structures: $141,321; in 5-or-more-unit structures: $214,159; mobile homes: $75,829

Median gross rent in 2019: $957.

March 2019 cost of living index in Nelson: 87.3 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2019: 23.8%
(23.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 100.0% for American Indian residents)
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  • Races in Nelson, MN (2019)
    • 14594.8%White alone
    • 42.6%Hispanic
    • 10.7%American Indian alone
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Ancestries: German (41.1%), Norwegian (23.3%), American (8.2%), Irish (5.5%), Dutch (2.7%), Czech (1.4%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Elevation: 1360 feet

Land area: 0.73 square miles.

Population density: 266 people per square mile   (very low).

Nelson, Minnesota map

2 residents are foreign born

This city:

1.3%
Minnesota:

8.5%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2019: $1,598 (0.9%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2019: $1,146 (1.0%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: St. Cloud, MN (57.4 miles , pop. 59,107).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Minneapolis, MN (116.0 miles , pop. 382,618).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (470.2 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities:

Alexandria, MN (2.3 miles ),
Osakis, MN (2.4 miles ),
Carlos, MN (2.5 miles ),
Forada, MN (2.8 miles),
West Union, MN (3.2 miles),
Miltona, MN (3.3 miles ),
Garfield, MN (3.4 miles ),
Villard, MN (3.5 miles )

Latitude: 45.89 N, Longitude: 95.26 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 320

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

Nelson satellite photo by USGS

Unemployment in November 2020:
Here:

3.2%
Minnesota:

3.9%
Most common industries in Nelson, MN (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Construction (21.4%)
  • Health care (14.3%)
  • Metal & metal products (11.4%)
  • Accommodation & food services (7.1%)
  • Repair & maintenance (7.1%)
  • Building material & garden equipment & supplies dealers (4.3%)
  • Plastics & rubber products (4.3%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Construction (30.6%)
  • Metal & metal products (12.2%)
  • Repair & maintenance (10.2%)
  • Plastics & rubber products (6.1%)
  • Building material & garden equipment & supplies dealers (6.1%)
  • Truck transportation (6.1%)
  • Administrative & support & waste management services (6.1%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Health care (47.6%)
  • Furniture & home furnishings, household appliance stores (9.5%)
  • Metal & metal products (9.5%)
  • Electronic shopping & mail-order houses (9.5%)
  • Finance & insurance (9.5%)
  • Accommodation & food services (9.5%)
  • Food & beverage stores (4.8%)
Most common occupations in Nelson, MN (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Carpenters (12.9%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (11.4%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (10.0%)
  • Other food preparation and serving workers, including supervisors (7.1%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (7.1%)
  • Information and record clerks, except customer service representatives (4.3%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (4.3%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Carpenters (18.4%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (14.3%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (12.2%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (10.2%)
  • Other food preparation and serving workers, including supervisors (6.1%)
  • Other material moving workers, except laborers (6.1%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (6.1%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Information and record clerks, except customer service representatives (14.3%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (14.3%)
  • Other healthcare support occupations (9.5%)
  • Other food preparation and serving workers, including supervisors (9.5%)
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (9.5%)
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (9.5%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (9.5%)

Average climate in Nelson, Minnesota

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Nelson-area historical tornado activity is slightly below Minnesota state average. It is 13% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/18/1964, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 13.8 miles away from the Nelson city center injured 13 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

On 6/13/2001, a category F3 tornado 19.9 miles away from the city center injured 3 people and caused $5 million in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Nelson-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Minnesota state average. It is 35% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 7/9/1975 at 14:54:15, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 40.3 miles away from Nelson center
On 6/5/1993 at 01:24:53, a magnitude 4.1 (4.1 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 51.7 miles away from the city center
On 3/4/1983 at 06:32:18, a magnitude 4.6 (4.4 MB, 4.6 LG, 4.4 ML) earthquake occurred 233.2 miles away from Nelson center
On 10/20/1995 at 15:57:18, a magnitude 3.7 (3.7 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 77.4 miles away from Nelson center
On 11/3/2002 at 20:41:56, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 280.6 miles away from the city center
On 2/9/1994 at 08:45:35, a magnitude 3.1 (3.1 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 62.6 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Douglas County (11) is smaller than the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 8
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 7, Storms: 4, Blizzard: 1, Drought: 1, Hurricane: 1, Wind: 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:

  • ROSEWOOD (Hospital, about 4 miles away; ALEXANDRIA, MN)
  • COMMUNITY MEMORIAL HOME (Nursing Home, about 6 miles away; OSAKIS, MN)
  • KNUTE NELSON HOME CARE (Home Health Center, about 6 miles away; ALEXANDRIA, MN)
  • KNUTE NELSON (Nursing Home, about 6 miles away; ALEXANDRIA, MN)
  • CENTRACARE KIDNEY PROG AT DOUGLAS COUNTY HOSP (Dialysis Facility, about 6 miles away; ALEXANDRIA, MN)
  • DOUGLAS COUNTY HOSPITAL Acute Care Hospitals (about 6 miles away; ALEXANDRIA, MN)
  • DOUGLAS COUNTY PUB HEALTH NSG SVCRS (Hospital, about 6 miles away; ALEXANDRIA, MN)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Nelson:

  • Alexandria Technical & Community College (about 6 miles; Alexandria, MN; Full-time enrollment: 2,324)
  • Minnesota State Community and Technical College (about 49 miles; Fergus Falls, MN; FT enrollment: 4,863)
  • College of Saint Benedict (about 51 miles; Saint Joseph, MN; FT enrollment: 2,025)
  • Ridgewater College (about 53 miles; Willmar, MN; FT enrollment: 3,288)
  • Rasmussen College-Minnesota (about 56 miles; St. Cloud, MN; FT enrollment: 4,575)
  • St Cloud Technical and Community College (about 57 miles; Saint Cloud, MN; FT enrollment: 3,493)
  • Saint Cloud State University (about 59 miles; Saint Cloud, MN; FT enrollment: 12,822)

Points of interest:

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Church in Nelson: Our Saviour's Lutheran Church (A). Display/hide its location on the map

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

2.2 people
Minnesota:

2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:

53.6%
Whole state:

64.6%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:

8.3%
Whole state:

6.9%


No gay or lesbian households reported

For population 15 years and over in Nelson:

Marital status in Nelson, MN
  • Never married: 24.8%
  • Now married: 53.1%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 6.8%
  • Divorced: 15.3%

For population 25 years and over in Nelson:

  • High school or higher: 92.1%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 11.8%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 1.6%
  • Unemployed: 5.4%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 16.1 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2019
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2019
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

6.5
Minnesota average:

10.6

Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Nelson, MN (based on Douglas County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant11,24321
Evangelical Protestant7,11435
Catholic6,6366
Other3142
None10,702-
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: 7
Here:

1.94 / 10,000 pop.
Minnesota:

1.83 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 30
Douglas County:

8.33 / 10,000 pop.
Minnesota:

3.90 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 42
Douglas County:

11.67 / 10,000 pop.
Minnesota:

6.98 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Douglas County:

7.0%
Minnesota:

6.5%
Adult obesity rate:
This county:

26.0%
Minnesota:

25.9%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Douglas County:

9.0%
Minnesota:

13.0%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Nelson:

54.3%
Minnesota:

49.3%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Here:

53.4%
State:

46.1%

Average BMI:
Nelson:

30.3
Minnesota:

28.5

People feeling badly about themselves:
Here:

35.8%
Minnesota:

21.5%

Average hours sleeping at night:
This city:

6.9
Minnesota:

6.8

Overweight people:
This city:

48.6%
Minnesota:

33.2%

General health condition:
This city:

48.8%
Minnesota:

56.2%

Average condition of hearing:
This city:

71.0%
Minnesota:

78.6%

More about Health and Nutrition of Nelson, MN 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
Other Government Administration 0$0 9$2,766
Other and Unallocable 0$0 1$3,191
Streets and Highways 0$0 1$817
Totals for Government 0$0 11$6,774

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

  • Construction - Regular Highways: $34,000 ($175.26)
  • Current Operations - General - Other: $24,000 ($123.71)
    Regular Highways: $14,000 ($72.16)
    Central Staff Services: $6,000 ($30.93)
    Financial Administration: $6,000 ($30.93)
    Parks and Recreation: $2,000 ($10.31)
    Local Fire Protection: $2,000 ($10.31)

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

  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $1,000 ($5.15)
  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $28,000 ($144.33)
  • Tax - Property: $37,000 ($190.72)
    Other License: $8,000 ($41.24)
    Amusements Sales: $1,000 ($5.15)

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

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $6,000 ($30.93)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $4,000 ($20.62)
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,000 ($10.31)

6.34% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($60,967 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.34%
Minnesota average:

7.10%

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 Hennepin County, MN  0.53% ($87,893 average AGI)
from Pope County, MN  0.53% ($46,452)
from Otter Tail County, MN  0.48% ($37,145)


5.75% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($51,299 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.75%
Minnesota average:

7.17%

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 Pope County, MN  0.49% ($41,234 average AGI)
to Otter Tail County, MN  0.44% ($40,203)
to Hennepin County, MN  0.43% ($56,206)

Strongest AM radio stations in Nelson:

  • KXRA (1490 AM; 1 kW; ALEXANDRIA, MN; Owner: PARADIS BROADCASTING OF ALEXANDRIA, INC.)
  • WCCO (830 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: INFINITY MEDIA CORPORATION)
  • KPRM (870 AM; 25 kW; PARK RAPIDS, MN; Owner: DE LA HUNT BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • WBHR (660 AM; 10 kW; SAUK RAPIDS, MN; Owner: HERBERT M. HOPPE)
  • KBRF (1250 AM; 10 kW; FERGUS FALLS, MN; Owner: RESULT RADIO, INC.)
  • WEBC (560 AM; 50 kW; DULUTH, MN)
  • KFAN (1130 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • WCTS (1030 AM; 50 kW; MAPLEWOOD, MN; Owner: CNTL. BAPT. THEO/AL SEMI MINNEAPOLIS)
  • KLTF (960 AM; 5 kW; LITTLE FALLS, MN; Owner: KLTF/KFML, INC.)
  • KSTP (1500 AM; 50 kW; ST. PAUL, MN; Owner: KSTP-AM, LLC (DELAWARE))
  • KEYL (1400 AM; 1 kW; LONG PRAIRIE, MN; Owner: PRAIRIE BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KTIS (900 AM; 25 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: NORTHWESTERN COLLEGE)
  • WWNL (1080 AM; 50 kW; PITTSBURGH, PA; Owner: STEEL CITY RADIO, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Nelson:

  • KXRZ (99.3 FM; ALEXANDRIA, MN; Owner: PARADIS BROADCASTING OF ALEXANDRIA, INC.)
  • KIKV-FM (100.7 FM; SAUK CENTRE, MN; Owner: BDI BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KXRA-FM (92.3 FM; ALEXANDRIA, MN; Owner: PARADIS BROADCASTING OF ALEX, INC.)
  • KULO (94.3 FM; ALEXANDRIA, MN; Owner: BDI BROADCASTING INC.)
  • KBHL (103.9 FM; OSAKIS, MN; Owner: CHRISTIAN HERITAGE BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • K219FA (91.7 FM; ALEXANDRIA, MN; Owner: FAMILY WORSHIP CENTER CHURCH, INC.)
  • KRVY-FM (97.3 FM; STARBUCK, MN; Owner: IOWA CITY BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KMGK (107.1 FM; GLENWOOD, MN; Owner: BRANSTOCK COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • K215BL (90.9 FM; ALEXANDRIA, MN; Owner: MINNESOTA PUBLIC RADIO)
  • KXDL (99.7 FM; BROWERVILLE, MN; Owner: PRAIRIE BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Nelson:

  • KCCO-TV (Channel 7; ALEXANDRIA, MN; Owner: CBS BROADCASTING INC.)
  • KSAX (Channel 42; ALEXANDRIA, MN; Owner: KSAX-TV, INC.)
  • K36AA (Channel 36; ALEXANDRIA, ETC., MN; Owner: SELECTIVE TV, INC.)
  • K16CO (Channel 16; ALEXANDRIA, MN; Owner: SELECTIVE TV, INC.)
  • K18DG (Channel 18; ALEXANDRIA, MN; Owner: SELECTIVE TV, INC.)
  • K26CL (Channel 26; ALEXANDRIA, MN; Owner: SELECTIVE TV, INC.)
  • K32EB (Channel 32; ALEXANDRIA, MN; Owner: SELECTIVE TV, INC.)
  • K48DV (Channel 48; ALEXANDRIA, MN; Owner: SELECTIVE TV, INC.)
  • K50DB (Channel 50; ALEXANDRIA, MN; Owner: SELECTIVE TV, INC.)
  • K52DZ (Channel 52; ALEXANDRIA, MN; Owner: SELECTIVE TV, INC.)
  • K55ID (Channel 55; ALEXANDRIA, MN; Owner: SELECTIVE TV, INC.)
  • K58DS (Channel 58; ALEXANDRIA, MN; Owner: SELECTIVE TV, INC.)
  • K60EJ (Channel 60; ALEXANDRIA, MN; Owner: SELECTIVE TV, INC.)
  • K65HD (Channel 65; ALEXANDRIA, MN; Owner: SELECTIVE TV, INC.)
  • K67HI (Channel 67; ALEXANDRIA, MN; Owner: SELECTIVE TV, INC.)
  • K45AR (Channel 45; EAGLE BEND, MN; Owner: INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 790)

Nelson fatal accident list:

Jan 21, 1994 09:19 PM, 27, Vehicles: 2, Persons: 3, Fatalities: 1, Drunk persons involved: 1
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 2Number of bridges
  • 20ft / 6.5mTotal length
  • 15,640Total average daily traffic
  • 2,850Total average daily truck traffic

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

2
  • Aiko Sogabe, 5861 Hope Rd Se (372393) (Lat: 45.890361 Lon: -95.293500), Type: 89.3, Structure height: 27041 m, Overall height: 85.3 m, Registrant: American Towers LLC, Faa-Fcc@americantower.Com, , Wobur-n, Phone: (781) 926-4500
  • Aiko Sogabe, 5861 Hope Rd Se (372393) (Lat: 45.890361 Lon: -95.293500), Type: 89.3, Structure height: 27041 m, Overall height: 85.3 m, Registrant: American Towers LLC, Faa-Fcc@americantower.Com, , Wobur-n, Phone: (781) 926-4500

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

1
  • Alexandria, 5861 Hope Road Se (Lat: 45.890361 Lon: -95.293500), Type: Gtower, Structure height: 85.3 m, Overall height: 89.3 m, Call Sign: WQQX351,
    Assigned Frequencies: 5945.20 MHz, 6004.50 MHz, 10855.0 MHz, 10895.0 MHz, 5945.20 MHz, 5974.85 MHz, 6004.50 MHz, 6034.15 MHz, Grant Date: 03/19/2013, Expiration Date: 03/19/2023, Certifier: John Monday, Registrant: At&t Services, Inc., 208 S. Akard St., Room 2100, Dallas, TX 75202, Phone: (855) 699-7073, Email:

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

1
  • Call Sign: KA0SCB, Licensee ID: L00784849, Grant Date: 12/23/2003, Expiration Date: 03/22/2014, Cancellation Date: 03/23/2016, Certifier: Robert J Moon, Registrant: Robert J Moon, 618 Homestead Rd, Nelson, MN 56355

Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Nelson, MN
  • 55.9%Utility gas
  • 28.8%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 13.6%Electricity
  • 1.7%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Nelson, MN
  • 39.1%Utility gas
  • 39.1%Electricity
  • 21.7%Bottled, tank, or LP gas


Nelson compared to Minnesota state average:

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