County population in 2014: 3,045 (all rural); it was 3,715 in 2000County 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:
Land area: 982 sq. mi.
Water area: 27.1 sq. mi.
Population density: 3 people per square mile (very low).
Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Nelson County: 79.0 (low, U.S. average is 100)
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%)
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%
(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.
Notable locations in this county outside city limits:
Notable locations in Nelson County: Larimore Country Club (A), Benton Town Hall (B), Americus Town Hall (C), Michigan Town Hall (D), Union Town Hall (E), Lind Town Hall (F), Loretta Town Hall (G), Walle Town Hall (H), Fairfield Town Hall (I), Pleasant View Town Hall (J), Avon Town Hall (K), Grace Town Hall (L), Brenna Town Hall (M), Oakville Town Hall (N), Chester Town Hall (O), Falconer Town Hall (P), Rye Town Hall (Q), Blooming Town Hall (R), Hegton Town Hall (S), Lakeville Town Hall (T). Display/hide their locations on the map
Churches in Nelson County include: West Union Church (A), Pleasant View Church (B), Washington Prairie Church (C), Washington Church (D), Calvary Church (E), Walle Church (F), Ascension Church (G), Rosendahl Church (H), Saint Olaf Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map
Cemeteries: Americus-Saint Olaf Cemetery (1), Arvilla Cemetery (2), Evangelical United Brethren (3), Washington Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran (4), Saint James Cemetery (5), Walle Lutheran Church Cemetery (6), East Walle Evangelical Lutheran (7). Display/hide their locations on the map
Lakes and reservoirs: Lunby Lake (A), Smith Lakes (B), Stewart Lake (C), Grand Forks Sewage Disposal Ponds (D), Kellys Slough Reservoir (E), Little Goose Lake (F). Display/hide their locations on the map
Streams, rivers, and creeks: Turtle River (A), Kelly Slough (B), Wilson Creek (C), South Branch Forest River (D), Cole Creek (E), Salt Coulee (F), Salt Water Coulee (G), Spring Creek (H), Goose Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map
Parks in Nelson County include: Little Goose National Wildlife Refuge (1), Prairie Chicken State Game Management Area (2), Turtle River State Park (3), Kellys Slough National Wildlife Refuge (4). Display/hide their locations on the map
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)
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%
Housing units in structures:
One, detached: 1,653
One, attached: 13
3 or 4: 105
5 to 9: 60
10 to 19: 32
20 or more: 3
Mobile homes: 126
Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 4
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
0.0% with mortgage
58.1% with mortgage
Religion statistics for Nelson County
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
6.22 / 10,000 pop.
3.23 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
3.11 / 10,000 pop.
1.88 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 4
12.45 / 10,000 pop.
4.89 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 6
18.67 / 10,000 pop.
8.90 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Adult obesity rate:
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
Nelson County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below North Dakota state average. It is 3027344.4 times below overall U.S. average. Tornadoes in this county have caused one fatality and 20 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004. On 8/26/2007, a category 4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado killed one person and injured 18 people and caused $50 million in damages.
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:
North DakotaFlooding, Incident Period: April 5, 2011, Emergency Declared (EM-3318): April 7, 2011, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3318, Natural disaster type: Flood
North DakotaFlooding, Incident Period: February 14, 2011, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1981): May 10, 2011, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1981, Natural disaster type: Flood
North DakotaFlooding, Incident Period: February 26, 2010 to April 30, 2010, Emergency Declared (EM-3309): March 14, 2010, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3309, Natural disaster type: Flood
North DakotaFlooding, Incident Period: February 26, 2010 to July 15, 2010, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1907): April 30, 2010, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1907, Natural disaster type: Flood
North DakotaSevere Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: March 13, 2009 to August 10, 2009, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1829): March 24, 2009, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1829, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
North DakotaHurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 1, 2005, Emergency Declared (EM-3247): September 13, 2005, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3247, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
North DakotaSevere Storms, Flooding, and Ground Saturation, Incident Period: June 1, 2005 to July 7, 2005, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1597): July 22, 2005, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1597, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
North DakotaSevere Storms, Flooding, and Ground Saturation, Incident Period: March 26, 2004 to June 14, 2004, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1515): May 5, 2004, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1515, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
North DakotaFloods, Incident Period: March 1, 2001 to August 9, 2001, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1376): May 28, 2001, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1376, Natural disaster type: Flood
North DakotaSevere Storms And Flooding, Incident Period: April 5, 2000 to August 12, 2000, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1334): June 27, 2000, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1334, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
13 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.
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).
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Nelson County
Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 990 (926 aged, 64 disabled) Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 63 (13%)
Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)
Aged persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)
Disabled persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)
Most common underlying causes of death in Nelson County, North Dakota in 1999 - 2014:
Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (108)
Alzheimer's disease, unspecified (77)
Atherosclerotic heart disease (71)
Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (57)
Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (45)
Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, so described (25)
Malignant neoplasm of prostate (20)
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:
In family households: 2,433 (744 male householders, 161 female householders)
768 spouses, 655 children (606 natural, 21 adopted, 28 stepchildren), 21 grandchildren, 15 brothers or sisters, 14 parents, 18 other relatives, 26 non-relatives
In nonfamily households: 613 (287 male householders (261 living alone)), 282 female householders (269 living alone)), 44 nonrelatives
In group quarters: 80 (all institutionalized)
Size of family households: 561 2-persons, 166 3-persons, 111 4-persons, 44 5-persons, 17 6-persons, 6 7-or-more-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:
37 per 1000 residents
64 per 1000 residents
100 per 1000 residents
48 per 1000 residents
Net international migration: +7
+2 per 1000 residents
+6 per 1000 residents
Net internal migration: -80
-23 per 1000 residents
-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:
Median number of rooms in apartments:
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
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.
Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:
This state: 3034
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