Nelson County, North Dakota (ND)

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County population in 2012: 3,080 (all rural); it was 3,715 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 406
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 766
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 1,307
Renter-occupied apartments: 302 (it was 321 in 2000)
% of renters here:

20%
State:

35%

Land area: 982 sq. mi.

Water area: 27.1 sq. mi.

Population density: 3 people per square mile   (very low).

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Nelson County: 79.5 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (53.3%), Educational, health and social services (23.0%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 32%
  • Government: 4%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 64%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Nelson County, North Dakota:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (96.5%)
  • Two or more races (1.2%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (1.1%)
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone (0.9%)
Median resident age:  51.0 years
North Dakota median age:  37.0 years
Males: 1,593  (58.2%)
Females: 1,533  (41.8%)
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Nelson County,ND real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Nelson County:

2.0 people
North Dakota:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $51,710 ($28,892 in 1999)

This county:

$51710
North Dakota:

$55759

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $347 (lower quartile is $258, upper quartile is $492)
This county:

$347
State:

$622


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $63,381 (it was $36,000 in 2000)
Nelson:

$63,381
North Dakota:

$155,400
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $31,960 - $116,953
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $930
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $324

Institutionalized population: 80
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Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2007: 2 buildings, average cost: $85,000
  • 2008: 0 buildings
  • 2009: 1 building, cost: $100,000

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $559 (0.7%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $491 (0.9%)

Nelson County household income distribution in 2009 Nelson County home values distribution Nelson County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 7.7%
(7.2% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 56.4% for Black residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 7.6%
Nelson County:

7.6%
North Dakota:

11.8%
(6.8% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 60.0% for Black residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 50 years old
(Males: 48 years old, Females: 51 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 50 years old, Black residents: 32 years old, American Indian residents: 38 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 13 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Nelson County is $459 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $548 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $741 a month.

Cities in this county include: Lakota, McVille, Michigan City, Aneta, Tolna, Petersburg, Pekin, Dahlen.

Nelson County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Nelson County: Ora Town Hall (A), Nesheim Town Hall (B), Rugh Town Hall (C), Dayton Town Hall (D), Melvin Town Hall (E), Central Town Hall (F), Wamduska Town Hall (G), Leval Town Hall (H), Dodds Town Hall (I), Illinois Town Hall (J), Nash Town Hall (K), Enterprise Town Hall (L), Clara Town Hall (M). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Nelson County include: Logan Church (A), Norway Church (B), Zion Church (C), Center Church (D), Sheyenne Church (E), Bergen Church (F), Lion Church (G), Sigdal Church (H), Our Savior Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Melrose Church Cemetery (1), Michigan Cemetery (2), New Luther Valley Cemetery (3), Hamlin Cemetery (4), Zion Cemetery (5), West Forest Cemetery (6), Valley Grove Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Swan Lake (A), Horseshoe Lake (B), Lake Miller (C), McHugh Slough (D), Matson Slough (E), Lake Mary (F), Mannie Lake (G), Fiske Lake (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Silver Creek (A), McVille Coulee (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Nelson County include: Stump Lake National Wildlife Refuge (1), Lambs Lake National Wildlife Refuge (2), Johnson Lake National Wildlife Refuge (3), Rose Lake National Wildlife Refuge (4). Display/hide their locations on the map

Neighboring counties: Benson County , Eddy County , Grand Forks County , Griggs County , Ramsey County , Steele County , Walsh County .

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

3.6%
North Dakota:

3.0%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 61
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 81.4%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 17.5%

Number of foreign born residents: 64 (67% naturalized citizens)

Nelson County:

1.7%
Whole state:

1.9%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 10
  • 1990 to 1994: 9
  • 1985 to 1989: 6
  • 1980 to 1984: 4
  • 1975 to 1979: 0
  • 1970 to 1974: 2
  • 1970 to 1974: 0
  • 1965 to 1969: 33

Mean travel time to work (commute): 21.8 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 75.8%

Nelson County marital status for males Nelson County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Nelson County with a mortgage: 229 (16 second mortgage, 4 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 619

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

58.1% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Nelson County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant2,41114
Catholic4294
Evangelical Protestant1685
Other2-
None116-
Nelson County Religion Details
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.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 2
Nelson County:

6.22 / 10,000 pop.
State:

3.23 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
This county:

3.11 / 10,000 pop.
North Dakota:

1.88 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 4
Nelson County:

12.45 / 10,000 pop.
North Dakota:

4.89 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 6
This county:

18.67 / 10,000 pop.
State:

8.90 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Nelson County:

9.9%
North Dakota:

7.6%

Adult obesity rate:
Nelson County:

27.2%
State:

27.6%

Agriculture in Nelson County:

Average size of farms: 889 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $68,894
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $121.45
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 16.95%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $59,250
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 53.00%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $80,724
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 93.31%
Average age of principal farm operators: 59 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 2.11
Corn for grain: 10819 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 110122 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 44856 harvested acres

Tornado activity:

Nelson County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below North Dakota state average. It is 8325197.1 times below overall U.S. average.

Earthquake activity:

Nelson County-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below North Dakota state average. It is 78% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 8/18/1959 at 06:37:13, a magnitude 7.7 (7.7 UK, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 639.3 miles away from Nelson County center, causing $26,000,000 total damage
On 7/9/1975 at 14:54:15, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 184.9 miles away from the county center
On 3/4/1983 at 06:32:18, a magnitude 4.6 (4.4 MB, 4.6 LG, 4.4 ML) earthquake occurred 262.2 miles away from the county center
On 6/5/1993 at 01:24:53, a magnitude 4.1 (4.1 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 178.4 miles away from the county 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 159.2 miles away from Nelson County center
On 9/8/1984 at 00:59:31, a magnitude 5.1 (5.1 MB, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 450.2 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Nelson County (23) is a lot greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 20
Emergencies Declared: 3

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 21, Storms: 10, Snows: 3, Blizzard: 1, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1, Landslide: 1, Mudslide: 1, Tornado: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):

  • Canada (53%)
  • Other Northern Europe (14%)
  • Philippines (13%)
  • United Kingdom (9%)
  • Germany (5%)
  • Hungary (3%)
  • Korea (3%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Nelson County (%):

  • Norwegian (53%)
  • German (22%)
  • Irish (3%)
  • Czech (3%)
  • English (3%)
  • French (except Basque) (2%)
  • United States or American (2%)

Nelson County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 1,144 (71%)
  • Carpooled: 172 (11%)
  • Bicycle: 2 (0%)
  • Walked: 183 (11%)
  • Other means: 2 (0%)
  • Worked at home: 117 (7%)

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


People in group quarters in Nelson County, North Dakota in 2000:

  • 138 people in nursing homes
  • 14 people in religious group quarters
  • 8 people in wards in general hospitals for patients who have no usual home elsewhere
80 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $56,100.

5.78% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($29,628 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.78%
North Dakota average:

7.91%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
3.70% relocated from other counties in North Dakota ($21,397 average AGI)
2.07% relocated from other states ($8,231 average AGI)
Nelson County:

2.07%
North Dakota average:

4.56%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Ramsey County, ND  1.11% ($31,200 average AGI)
from Cass County, ND  0.81% ($24,909)
from Grand Forks County, ND  0.81% ($26,455)


5.92% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($38,850 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.92%
North Dakota average:

7.15%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
3.99% relocated to other counties in North Dakota ($28,800 average AGI)
1.92% relocated to other states ($10,050 average AGI)
Nelson County:

1.92%
North Dakota average:

3.74%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Grand Forks County, ND  1.70% ($36,478 average AGI)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 8.0
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 7.7

Births per 1000 population in Nelson County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 20.0
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 19.3
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2013: 19.6

Deaths per 1000 population in Nelson County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 13.1

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Nelson County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 1,063 (1,008 aged, 55 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 9%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 10%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 29.03
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 3773.580
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 551.520
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 3860.670

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 817.760
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1810.750
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 29.21

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 53.82
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 29.21

Household type by relationship:

Households: 3,046

Size of family households: 561 2-persons, 166 3-persons, 111 4-persons, 44 5-persons, 17 6-persons, 6 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 530 1-person, 35 2-persons, 3 3-persons, 1 4-persons.

671 married couples with children.
104 single-parent households (28 men, 76 women).

95.0% of residents of Nelson County speak English at home.
0.6% of residents speak Spanish at home (91% speak English very well, 9% speak English well).
3.8% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (85% speak English very well, 11% speak English well, 4% speak English not well).
0.2% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (100% speak English very well).
0.3% of residents speak other language at home (83% speak English very well, 17% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $49,138,000 ($14264 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $509,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $13,189,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $8,212,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $17,894,000
Federal grants: $7,730,000
Federal procurement contracts: $399,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $1,715,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $691,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $2,402,000
Federal Government insurance: $35,709,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 128
Here:

37 per 1000 residents
State:

64 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 341
Here:

100 per 1000 residents
State:

48 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +7
Here:

+2 per 1000 residents
State:

+6 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -80
Here -23 per 1000 residents
State -29 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Nelson County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 0.44 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.3
State:

6.4

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.4
State:

4.0

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 39
  • 2000 to 2004: 87
  • 1990 to 1999: 56
  • 1980 to 1989: 120
  • 1970 to 1979: 321
  • 1960 to 1969: 253
  • 1950 to 1959: 244
  • 1940 to 1949: 101
  • 1939 or earlier: 744
Rooms in houses/apartments in Nelson County, North Dakota
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 2
  • 2 rooms: 8
  • 3 rooms: 39
  • 4 rooms: 129
  • 5 rooms: 269
  • 6 rooms: 273
  • 7 rooms: 212
  • 8 rooms: 166
  • 9+ rooms: 209
  • 1 room: 2
  • 2 rooms: 14
  • 3 rooms: 62
  • 4 rooms: 88
  • 5 rooms: 53
  • 6 rooms: 36
  • 7 rooms: 29
  • 8 rooms: 10
  • 9+ rooms: 27
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Nelson County, North Dakota
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 2
  • 1 bedroom: 52
  • 2 bedrooms: 326
  • 3 bedrooms: 575
  • 4 bedrooms: 259
  • 5+ bedrooms: 93
  • no bedroom: 4
  • 1 bedroom: 67
  • 2 bedrooms: 121
  • 3 bedrooms: 82
  • 4 bedrooms: 24
  • 5+ bedrooms: 23
Cars and other vehicles available in Nelson County, North Dakota in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 46
  • 1 vehicle: 341
  • 2 vehicles: 550
  • 3 vehicles: 271
  • 4 vehicles: 71
  • 5+ vehicles: 28
  • no vehicle: 50
  • 1 vehicle: 150
  • 2 vehicles: 80
  • 3 vehicles: 41
  • 4 vehicles: 0
  • 5+ vehicles: 0

71% of Nelson County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 44% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 63% lived in North Dakota.

Nelson County:

71.1%
State average:

57.5%

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $9,999


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 3%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 4%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Nelson County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Electricity (42.5%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (30.2%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (26.3%)
  • Electricity (61.7%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (25.5%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (8.7%)
  • Coal or coke (2.8%)
  • Wood (1.2%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 18
Here:

4.9%
North Dakota:

7.1%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 17
Here:

5.6%
North Dakota:

6.0%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 10
Here:

17.5%
North Dakota:

10.5%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)

Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninstitutionalized)

Nelson County government finances - Expenditure in 2004:

  • Construction - Parks & Recreation: $35,000
    Water Utilities: $16,000
  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $438,000
    General - Other: $350,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $249,000
    Health Services - Other: $233,000
    Financial Administration: $192,000
    Police Protection: $154,000
    Central Staff Services: $151,000
    General Public Buildings: $74,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $57,000
    Parks & Recreation: $57,000
    Corrections - Other: $21,000
    Elementary & Secondary Education: $17,000
    Water Utilities: $16,000
    Welfare, Vendor Payments for Other Purposes: $4,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $32,000
  • Intergovernmental to State - Welfare: $23,000
    Regular Highways: $1,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Police Protection: $17,000
    Financial Administration: $7,000
    Parks & Recreation: $3,000
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $1,156,000

Nelson County government finances - Revenue in 2004:

  • Charges - All Other: $36,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Health & Hospitals: $49,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Highways: $184,000
    Health & Hospitals: $71,000
    All Other: $38,000
    General Support: $29,000
    Public Welfare: $3,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $33,000
    Interest Earnings: $18,000
    Rents: $18,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $271,000
    General Support: $200,000
    Health & Hospitals: $55,000
    Public Welfare: $36,000
  • Tax - Property: $1,691,000
    NEC: $43,000

Nelson County government finances - Debt in 2004:

  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding, NEC: $539,000
  • Long Term Debt Issue, Unspecified - Other NEC: $487,000
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Other, NEC: $487,000
  • Long Term Debt Retired Unspecified - Other, NEC: $539,000

Nelson County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2004:

  • Bond Fund - Cash & Deposits: $390,000
  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $913,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

Nelson County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1993
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Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Nelson County Fatal accident statistics for 1994 - 2013
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Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Most common first names in Nelson County, ND among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John4478.4 years
Anna2385.2 years
Clara2385.4 years
Oscar2181.2 years
Mary2183.5 years
William1979.4 years
James1776.8 years
Marie1786.2 years
George1779.8 years
Edward1678.6 years
Most common last names in Nelson County, ND among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Johnson4479.2 years
Olson3780.3 years
Nelson2776.3 years
Anderson2380.8 years
Hanson2179.7 years
Larson2080.4 years
Solberg1881.1 years
Ophaug1780.7 years
Halvorson1273.1 years
Quanbeck1282.2 years

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