Introduction to Nelsonville, Ohio

Nelsonville, Ohio, in Athens county, is 53 miles SE of Columbus, Ohio

Nelsonville History

The area was settled in the early 1800s. A log cabin was built in 1810 and the Johnson and Hulbert families became the first permanent settlers. Daniel Nelson and his wife Sarah Smith Nelson purchased 200 acres in August, 1814, and the following years, Nelson laid out town lots. The community soon came to be known as "Nelsonville." Josiah Coe constructed the first flour mill in 1816, and with time a tavern, a store, a post office and a tannery were also built. Nelsonville was officially incorporated in 1838.

Nelsonville and Nearby Attractions

  • National Road/ Zane Grey Museum
  • Slate Run Living Historical Farm
  • Blennerhassett Island Historical Park
  • Rockbridge State Nature Preserve
  • Hocking Valley Scenic Railway
  • Columbus Topiary Garden

Things To Do In Nelsonville

Motts Military Museum, National Road/ Zane Grey Museum, John & Annie Glenn Historic Site and Livingston House are some of the museums and historic sites near Nelsonville. The Slate Run Living Historical Farm depicts farm life during the 1880s, while Blennerhassett Island Historical Park is the restored mansion of Harman Blennerhassett and currently features a museum, carriage rides and facilities for biking. The Rockbridge State Nature Preserve includes a 100-foot long natural bridge made of rock. Swimming, camping, boating and hiking can be enjoyed at the Strouds Run State Park, Hocking Hills State Park, Burr Oak State Park and Clear Creek Metro Park. Hocking Valley Scenic Railway, another popular destination in Nelsonville, offers visitors the opportunity to go on a historic train ride along Ohio's Hocking River and the hills of Southeast Ohio.

Nelsonville Transportation

Air transportation is available from the Port Columbus International Airport.

Nelsonville Higher Education

Nelsonville is home to Hocking College. Ohio University and Ohio University - Lancaster are located nearby.


Total Population 5,184
Male Share of the Population 50%
Female Share of the Population 50%
Senior Citizens 9.4%
Employed Population 16+ 1,638
Age of the Population 30


% of people married 26.9%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 8.3%
Median Earnings25+ $24,346
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $11,125
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,375


Median Family Income $43,295
% Above Poverty Level 62.1%
% Below Poverty Level 37.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 3.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 10%
% Using Public Transportation 0.2%


People Living Alone 35.8%
Median Gross Rent $626
Median House Value $86,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 14.9%
US/American 0%
English 5.9%
Irish 12.6%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Nelsonville Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 53 miles SE of Columbus, Ohio
County Athens
Standard Zip Codes 45764
Phone Area Codes 740
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.458
Longitude -82.231

Nelsonville Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station ATHENS 2 N
Distance 9.5 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 39 F
Apr Temp 36 to 65 F
Jul Temp 60 to 86 F
Oct Temp 38 to 67 F
Annual Precip 39.6 inches
Distance 21.4 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 37 F
Apr Temp 36 to 63 F
Jul Temp 59 to 84 F
Oct Temp 37 to 65 F
Annual Precip 40.7 inches
Distance 24.3 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 38 F
Apr Temp 38 to 64 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 40 to 65 F
Annual Precip 43.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Buchtel 567 $66,429
Chauncey 1,220 $32,826
Glouster 1,656 $33,063
Jacksonville 610 $48,333

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Nelsonville Public Libraries

Nelsonville Public Library
Nelsonville, Ohio
(740) 753-2118
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Nelsonville Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(740) 753-1931
Emergency Service: Yes

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