Nelson County VA Information


Nelson County Subdivisions

Nelson County VA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 15,300
Population in Households 15,198
Population in Familes 12,234
Population in Group Qrtrs 102
Population Density1 33
Diversity Index2 35


Total Households 6,515
Average Household Size 2.33
Family Households 4,348
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 10,262 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 5,048 (49.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,467 (14.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 3,747 (36.5%)
Median Home Value $200,870
Average Home Value $285,430


Median Household Income $51,493
Average Household Income $65,235
Per Capita Income $27,989
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.3% 0.28%
Households 0.3% 0.28%
Families 0.17% 0.19%
Median Household Income   -1.68%
Per Capita Income   1.1%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.


Nelson County VA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Nelson County to the other 134 counties / independent cities and county equivalents in Virginia by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 99 27th
Population Density1 # 121 10th
Diversity Index2 # 87 37th
Median Household Income # 53 61st
Per Capita Income # 46 66th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Virginia Census Data Comparison Tool.