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Nelson is a township in Lee County, in the Dixon metro area. [NOTE: This is not the only community in Illinois named Nelson. For links to other places called Nelson, IL, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]
The latitude of Nelson is 41.789N. The longitude is -89.572W.It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 659 feet.
The population, at the time of the 2000 census, was 854.
Sections below provide additional information and links about Nelson demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Lee 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 61042 ZIP code.
32% of Nelson residents report German ancestry, and 17% 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 $20,209, compared with $21,587 nationally.
12% 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 $325. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $807.
Lee 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 22 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
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