Nelsonville, Ohio

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Nelsonville, Ohio

Introduction to Nelsonville, Ohio

Nelsonville, Ohio, in Athens county, is 53 miles SE of Columbus, Ohio. The city has a population of approximately 5,230.

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.

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High Points

Nelsonville strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Ohio):

Category Trophy
Affordability of Rents
(vs. Peers)
Top 6% Nelsonville Affordability of Rents
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. State)
Top 9% Nelsonville Walking and Biking to Work
Affordability of Property Taxes
(vs. Peers)
Top 18% Nelsonville Affordability of Property Taxes

Comparative Profile of Nelsonville, Ohio

Comparing Nelsonville to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Ohio (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Male Share of the Population 10 10
Senior Citizens 4 3
Racial Diversity 4 8
Children Under 5 Years Old 2 2
Well-Paid Single Men 2 1
Age of the Population 1 1
Female Share of the Population 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 2 2
Portion of People Married 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 1 3
Median Family Income 1 1
People Above Poverty 1 1
People in Middle Class or Better 1 1

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Walking and Biking to Work 9 10
Working at Home 5 7
Short Commute Times 5 4
Public Transportation Use 3 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Affordability of Rents 10 10
Affordability of Property Taxes 9 9
People Living Alone 8 9
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 7 8
Housing Recently Built 4 7
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 3 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Property Crime 3 2
Low Violent Crime 2 1

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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
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Nelsonville Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 5,230 100%
Male 2,765 52.9%
Female 2,465 47.1%
Under 18 970 18.5%
18+ 4,260 81.5%
65+ 628 12%
Median Age 26.8
Average Family Size 2.87
White 4,980 95.2%
African-American 125 2.4%
Asian 19 0.4%
American Indian & Alaskan 25 0.5%
Other 13 0.2%
Mixed Race 68 1.3%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 65 1.2%

Estimated Nelsonville Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 5,444
Growth 214
Growth % 4.1%

Nelsonville 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
US/American 23.2%
German 17.4%
English 13.8%
Irish 13.2%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 12.5%
Italian 2.8%
Scotch-Irish 2%
Polish 1.8%
French (except Basque) 1.7%
Jamaican 1.6%
Dutch 1.5%
Scottish 1.4%
Hungarian 0.9%
Canadian 0.9%
French Canadian 0.7%
Norwegian 0.6%
Welsh 0.6%
European 0.6%
Swedish 0.5%
Greek 0.5%
Swiss 0.4%
Russian 0.4%
Scandinavian 0.2%
Pennsylvania German 0.2%
Romanian 0.2%
Austrian 0.2%
Belgian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Nelsonville 5,230 $27,122
Buchtel 574 $31,607
Chauncey 1,067 $30,865
Glouster 1,972 $28,800
Jacksonville 544 $30,556
Murray City 452 $32,188
New Straitsville 774 $31,827

Nelsonville Public Libraries

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

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(740) 753-1931
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 14.4

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