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The Village of Nelson had a population of 167 as of July 1, 2016.

The primary coordinate point for Nelson is located at latitude 41.7959 and longitude -89.6043 in Lee County. The formal boundaries for the Village of Nelson (see map below) encompass a land area of 0.24 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Lee County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 653 feet.

The Village of Nelson (GNIS ID: 2399443) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The Village of Nelson is located within Township of Nelson, a minor civil division (MCD) of Lee County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Nelson population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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Nelson, IL Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 167
Population in Households 167
Population in Familes 130
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 685
Diversity Index2 17


Total Households 67
Average Household Size 2.49
Family Households 44
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 72 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 58 (80.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 9 (12.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 5 ( 6.9%)
Median Home Value $104,688
Average Home Value $159,746


Median Household Income $48,628
Average Household Income $56,403
Per Capita Income $24,521
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.28% -0.36%
Households 0.0% -0.3%
Families 0.75% -0.46%
Median Household Income   1.26%
Per Capita Income   1.33%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Nelson, IL - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Nelson to the other 1,368 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Illinois by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 1246 9th
Population Density1 # 962 30th
Diversity Index2 # 555 60th
Median Household Income # 833 39th
Per Capita Income # 810 41st

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Illinois Census Data Comparison Tool.