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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. 2012 cost of living index in Nelson County: 79.9 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (26.1%), Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (22.8%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 64%
  • Government: 18%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 19%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Nelson County, North Dakota:


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 2009: $39,932 ($28,892 in 1999)
This county:

$39932
North Dakota:

$47827

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $280 (lower quartile is $187, upper quartile is $368)
This county:

$280
State:

$490


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $56,328 (it was $36,000 in 2000)
Nelson County:

$56,328
North Dakota:

$116,800
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $30,847 - $84,320

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $91,989
Here:

$91,989
State:

$136,625

Townhouses or other attached units: $61,872
Here:

$61,872
State:

$154,745

Mobile homes: $62,094
Here:

$62,094
State:

$26,643

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $30,469
Here:

$30,469
State:

$51,019
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,009
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $294

Institutionalized population: 80

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Single-family new house construction building permits:


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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $640 (1.1%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $515 (1.1%)


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 2009: 8.5%
(8.3% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 12.5% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 0.0% for American Indian residents, 25.0% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 51 years old
(Males: 50 years old, Females: 52 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 51 years old, Black residents: 31 years old, American Indian residents: 30 years old, Asian residents: 31 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 18 years old, Other race residents: 31 years old)

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This county:

10.3%
Whole state:

11.9%

Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This county:

3.7%
Whole state:

4.9%

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 .

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


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:

27.0% with mortgage
State:

58.1% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 82.07%
Here82.1%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 3,049
Total congregations: 22

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaCatholic ChurchAssociation of Free Lutheran CongregationsLutheran ChurchOther
Adherents2,585 (84.8%)184 (6.0%)143 (4.7%)72 (2.4%)65 (2.1%)
Congregations13 (59.1%)4 (18.2%)1 (4.5%)2 (9.1%)2 (9.1%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Nelson County - Lakota, McVille, Michigan City, Aneta, Tolna

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 2
This county:

6.22 / 10,000 pop.
North Dakota:

3.23 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
Nelson County:

3.11 / 10,000 pop.
North Dakota:

1.88 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 4
This county:

12.45 / 10,000 pop.
North Dakota:

4.89 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 6
Nelson County:

18.67 / 10,000 pop.
North Dakota:

8.90 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

9.9%
North Dakota:

7.6%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

27.2%
North Dakota:

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 near North Dakota state average. It is 1.4 times below overall U.S. average.

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

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (28%)
  • Construction (13%)
  • Finance and insurance (5%)
  • Educational services (4%)
  • Truck transportation (4%)
  • Public administration (3%)
  • Repair and maintenance (3%)
  • Health care (31%)
  • Educational services (15%)
  • Finance and insurance (6%)
  • Public administration (5%)
  • Food and beverage stores (4%)
  • Accommodation and food services (4%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Farmers and farm managers (21%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (7%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (6%)
  • Agricultural workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (5%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Sales representatives, services, wholesale and manufacturing (4%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (11%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (7%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (7%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (5%)
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (4%)
  • Registered nurses (4%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (4%)

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




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





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:

80 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities

Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $37,365.

4.69% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($30,094 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.69%
North Dakota average:

7.27%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
3.00% relocated from other counties in North Dakota ($20,672 average AGI)
1.68% relocated from other states ($9,438 average AGI)
Nelson County:

1.68%
North Dakota average:

3.54%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Grand Forks County, ND  0.88% ($32,583 average AGI)


7.80% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($27,982 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.80%
North Dakota average:

7.80%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
5.74% relocated to other counties in North Dakota ($19,982 average AGI)
2.06% relocated to other states ($8,000 average AGI)
Nelson County:

2.06%
North Dakota average:

4.16%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Cass County, ND  1.49% ($27,095 average AGI)
to Grand Forks County, ND  1.49% ($26,667)

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 in Nelson County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 13.1
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 0.0

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.

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

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 (Noninst.)


Expenditure Revenue

Nelson County government finances - Expenditure in 2004:


Nelson County government finances - Revenue in 2004:


Nelson County government finances - Debt in 2004:


Nelson County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2004:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



Nelson County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1991
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Nelson County Fatal accident statistics for 1992 - 2009
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

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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