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Nelson is a city in Douglas County, in the Alexandria metro area.
The community was named for Sen. Knute Nelson
[NOTE: This is not the only community in Minnesota named Nelson. For links to other places called Nelson, MN, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]
The latitude of Nelson is 45.889N. The longitude is -95.263W.It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 1,362 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 169.
Sections below provide additional information and links about Nelson demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Douglas County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 56355 ZIP code.
37% of Nelson residents report German ancestry, and 1% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Nelson ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Nelson was $13,419, compared with $21,587 nationally.
8% of Nelson residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Median rent in Nelson, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $380. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $760.
Douglas County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Nelson political report.
The average commute time for Nelson workers is 15 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
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