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The 2000 Census showed that Nelson County had a population of 14,445 people. This represented 0.2% of the total population of Virginia, making it the state's 67th most populous county (out of 134 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Nelson had a population of 15,487 people. This is an increase of 7.21% 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.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
201015,020+3.98%-3.02% since 2009
200915,487+7.21%+1.05% since 2008
200815,326+6.1%+0.66% since 2007
200715,226+5.41%+1.55% since 2006
200514,988+3.76%+1.04% since 2004
200314,828+2.65%+0.88% since 2002
200214,698+1.75%+1.02% since 2001
200114,550+0.73%+0.73% since 2000
200014,445The Last Census

Nelson County had 8,554 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Nelson County has a total area<3> of 474.3 square miles [1,228 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of that area is covered by water (1.95 square miles [5.06 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Nelson County had a population density of 30.58 people per square mile [11.81 people/km²], making it the state's 81st most densely populated county (out of 134 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 Virginia.

Click here for the Nelson County QuickFact (QF-51125).

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

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
AlbemarleQF-51003   NE94,90879,23619.78%
AppomattoxQF-51011   S14,55213,7056.18%
AugustaQF-51015   NW72,02065,6159.76%
BuckinghamQF-51029   SE16,08015,6232.93%

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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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