Nelson, Illinois

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Nelson Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 41 miles SW of Rockford, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 100 miles W of Chicago, Illinois
County Lee
P.O. Box Zip Codes 61058
Phone Area Codes 815
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.796
Longitude -89.601

Nelson Climate

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  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Station DIXON 1 NW
Distance 6.4 miles
Jan Temp 10 to 26 F
Apr Temp 37 to 58 F
Jul Temp 62 to 82 F
Oct Temp 39 to 62 F
Annual Precip 37.2 inches
Distance 28.8 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 29 F
Apr Temp 35 to 60 F
Jul Temp 59 to 85 F
Oct Temp 36 to 64 F
Annual Precip 37.8 inches
Distance 29.4 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 29 F
Apr Temp 40 to 61 F
Jul Temp 65 to 85 F
Oct Temp 43 to 63 F
Annual Precip 37.8 inches
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Nelson Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 163 100%
Male 86 52.8%
Female 77 47.2%
Under 18 40 24.5%
18+ 123 75.5%
65+ 30 18.4%
Median Age 41.2
Average Family Size 2.9
White 157 96.3%
African-American 1 0.6%
Asian 0 0%
American Indian & Alaskan 1 0.6%
Other 0 0%
Mixed Race 4 2.5%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 10 6.1%

Estimated Nelson Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 161
Growth -2
Growth % -1.2%

Nelson Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 56.7%
Danish 9.3%
US/American 6.2%
Irish 5.2%
English 4.1%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 4.1%
French (except Basque) 3.1%
Bulgarian 3.1%
Swedish 2.1%
Czechoslovakian 2.1%
Dutch 2.1%
Scotch-Irish 1%
French Canadian 1%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Nelson, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Grand Detour (61021)
Prairieville (61021)
Walton (61021)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Nelson 163 $37,500
Coleta 155 $34,886
Dixon 15,941 $45,088
Harmon 149 $63,750
Polo 2,477 $46,250
Rock Falls 9,580 $41,803
Sterling 15,451 $45,531
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Rock River near Nelson c1898.

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