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Welcome to Nelson ...

The village of Nelson is located in Lee County<1>.

The location of Nelson has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<2>

While we don't have a date for the founding of Nelson, you might consider that their post office opened  in 1858.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Nelson has a population of 159 people<3> (see below for details).

Nelson is 640 feet [195 m] above sea level.<4>.

Time Zone: Nelson lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

Telephone area codes for Nelson: (815) and (779)<5>

The ZIP code for Nelson: 61058<6>

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Nelson had an population of 159 people. This is a decrease of 6.47% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 2.45% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Nelson had a population of 170 people. This makes Nelson the county's 10th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 170 people, the population of Nelson increased 4.29% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 163 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Nelson.

Communities Also Named Nelson ...

Using our Gazetteer, we found that there are two Illinois communities named Nelson: This one is located in Lee County and the other is located in Iroquois County.

Beyond Illinois, there are 52 communities that are also named Nelson - they are located in Alabama (3), Arizona (2), Arkansas, British Columbia, California, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho (3), Indiana, Iowa, Kansas (2), Kentucky (3), Louisiana, Manitoba, Maryland (2), Michigan (2), Minnesota, Missouri, Montana (2), Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York (2), North Carolina, Ohio (2), Oklahoma, Ontario, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia (2), Washington (2), West Virginia and Wisconsin.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Nelson.

Communities near Nelson ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Nelson.

  • Dixon
    (7 miles [11.3 km] to the northeast)
  • Sterling
    (4 miles [6.4 km] to the west)
  • Rock Falls
    (4 miles [6.4 km] to the west)
  • Morrison
    (18 miles [29 km] to the west)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Morrison have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Morrison
    • Morrison is located in Whiteside County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,950 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Morrison <7>
  • Mount Morris
    (19 miles [30.6 km] to the northeast)
  • Amboy
    (13 miles [20.9 km] to the east)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Amboy have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Amboy
    • Amboy is located in Lee County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,287 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Amboy <7>
  • Polo
    (13 miles [20.9 km] to the north)
  • Prophetstown
    (19 miles [30.6 km] to the southwest)
  • Walnut
    (16 miles [25.7 km] to the south)
  • Milledgeville
    (14 miles [22.5 km] to the northwest)

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Nelson. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Nelson.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Nelson. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Nelson.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Nelson. See our Newspapers Page for Nelson.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Nelson ...

Looking for more information about Nelson? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Nelson, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Nelson.

Adding Nelson to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Nelson in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Nelson was in the document titled List of Post Offices from Cameron Blevins and Richard Helbock.<8>

From that list, the Nelson post office opened in 1858.

We also found Nelson in the book titled List of Post Offices in the United States (1870).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Nelson.

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Nelson. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Illinois' counties, including Lee, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Nelson.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Nelson - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>Area code (779) is an overlay for area code (815).
<6>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a village (such as Nelson). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Nelson or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<7>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<8>A copy of their list with background information can be found at:


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