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Nelson, Georgia - Basic Facts

The City of Nelson had a population of 1,439 as of July 1, 2016. Nelson ranks in the lower quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Georgia. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Nelson is located at latitude 34.379 and longitude -84.3708 in Pickens County. The formal boundaries for the City of Nelson (see map below) encompass a land area of 1.5 sq. miles and a water area of 0.01 sq. miles. Pickens County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 1,240 feet.

While the primary coordinates for City of Nelson are located in Pickens County, it should be noted that the formal boundaries for this community also extend into and Cherokee County.

The City of Nelson (GNIS ID: ) has a P1 Census Class Code which indicates populated place that is also an incorporated place with the same name and the same census code. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Georgia is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Nelson is located within Ball Ground Division of Pickens 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, GA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 1,439
Population in Households 1,439
Population in Familes 1,276
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 959
Diversity Index2 17


Total Households 517
Average Household Size 2.78
Family Households 406
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 567 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 425 (75.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 92 (16.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 50 ( 8.8%)
Median Home Value $179,921
Average Home Value $207,547


Median Household Income $55,005
Average Household Income $71,182
Per Capita Income $25,045
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.46% 1.71%
Households 1.26% 1.54%
Families 1.99% 1.48%
Median Household Income   2.73%
Per Capita Income   2.18%
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, GA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Nelson to the other 626 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Georgia 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 # 321 49th
Population Density1 # 161 74th
Diversity Index2 # 587 6th
Median Household Income # 82 87th
Per Capita Income # 105 83rd

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