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Nelson, Georgia - Basic Facts

The City of Nelson had a population of 1,481 as of July 1, 2017. Nelson ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and 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, 2017.

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Nelson, GA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 1,481
Daytime Population: Workers 137
Daytime Population: Residents 772
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 909
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.61
Population in Households 1,481
Population in Familes 1,312
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 987
Diversity Index3 16


Median Household Income $56,542
Average Household Income $73,880
Per Capita Income $26,050


Total Housing Units 579 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 438 (75.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 95 (16.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 46 ( 7.9%)
Median Home Value $188,961
Average Home Value $229,338


Total Households 533
Average Household Size 2.78
Family Households 419
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 1.66% 1.81%
Households 1.51% 1.74%
Families 2.15% 1.62%
Median Household Income   2.5%
Per Capita Income   3.07%

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, 2017 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 # 314 50th
Population Density # 156 75th
Diversity Index # 592 6th
Median Household Income # 85 87th
Per Capita Income # 109 83rd

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