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The 2000 Census showed that Nelson County had a population of 3,715 people. This represented 0.58% of the total population of North Dakota, making it the state's 33rd most populous county (out of 53 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Nelson had a population of 3,129 people. This is a decrease of 15.77% since the 2000 Census.

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

YearPopulationChange
Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
20103,126-15.85%-0.1% since 2009
20093,129-15.77%-1.32% since 2008
20083,171-14.64%-1.64% since 2007
20073,224-13.22%-1.29% since 2006
20063,266-12.09%-3.34% since 2005
20053,379-9.04%-0.79% since 2004
20043,406-8.32% 
20033,404-8.37%-1.28% since 2002
20023,448-7.19%-3.85% since 2001
20013,586-3.47%-3.47% since 2000
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20003,715The Last Census

Nelson County had 2,014 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Nelson County has a total area<3> of 1,008 square miles [2,612 km²]. Of this total, 981 square miles [2,542 km²] of the area is land, with the balance (2.69%) being water (27.12 square miles [70.2 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Nelson County had a population density of 3.78 people per square mile [1.46 people/km²], making it the state's 30th most densely populated county (out of 53 counties).

US Census QuickFacts

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information that are called QuickFacts. A QuickFact that is specific to Nelson County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Nelson and the state of North Dakota.

Click here for the Nelson County QuickFact (QF-38063).

Below are some of the communities that are located in Nelson County:

CommunityCensus
QuickFact
Population
(2009 Est)
Population
(2000 Census)
Change in
  Population

Below are the counties that adjoin and form the boundaries of Nelson County. A link to their specific Census QuickFact has been provided.

CountyCensus
QuickFact
DirectionPopulation
(2009 Est.)
Population
(2000 Census)
Change in
Population
BensonQF-38005   W6,9106,964-0.78%
EddyQF-38027   W2,2882,757-17.01%
Grand ForksQF-38035   E66,41466,1090.46%
GriggsQF-38039   S2,3462,754-14.81%
RamseyQF-38071   NW11,24012,066-6.85%
SteeleQF-38091   SE1,7472,258-22.63%
WalshQF-38099   NE10,79812,389-12.84%

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Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Nelson. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements.

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<4>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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