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Camp Nelson, California
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Coordinates: 36°08′34″N 118°36′33″W / 36.14278°N 118.60917°W / 36.14278; -118.60917Coordinates: 36°08′34″N 118°36′33″W / 36.14278°N 118.60917°W / 36.14278; -118.60917
Country  California
County Tulare
 • Total 1.238 sq mi (3.208 km2)
 • Land 1.238 sq mi (3.208 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)  0%
4,898 ft (1,493 m)
 • Total 97
 • Density 78.4/sq mi (30.24/km2)
Time zone UTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 559
GNIS feature IDs 1660426; 2585405

Camp Nelson is a census-designated place in Tulare County, California. Camp Nelson is 12 miles (19 km) east of Springville. Camp Nelson has a post office with ZIP code 93208. The population was 97 at the 2010 census.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP covers an area of 1.2 square miles (3.2 km²), all of it land.


This region experiences warm (but not hot) and dry summers, with no average monthly temperatures above 71.6 °F. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Camp Nelson has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csb" on climate maps.


The 2010 United States Census reported that Camp Nelson had a population of 97. The population density was 78.3 people per square mile (30.2/km²). The racial makeup of Camp Nelson was 94 (96.9%) White, 0 (0.0%) African American, 0 (0.0%) Native American, 0 (0.0%) Asian, 0 (0.0%) Pacific Islander, 2 (2.1%) from other races, and 1 (1.0%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6 persons (6.2%).

The Census reported that 97 people (100% of the population) lived in households, 0 (0%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 0 (0%) were institutionalized.

There were 55 households, out of which 5 (9.1%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 27 (49.1%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 1 (1.8%) had a female householder with no husband present, 4 (7.3%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 2 (3.6%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 0 (0%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 19 households (34.5%) were made up of individuals and 8 (14.5%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.76. There were 32 families (58.2% of all households); the average family size was 2.16.

The population was spread out with 8 people (8.2%) under the age of 18, 1 people (1.0%) aged 18 to 24, 12 people (12.4%) aged 25 to 44, 40 people (41.2%) aged 45 to 64, and 36 people (37.1%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 60.2 years. For every 100 females there were 115.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 117.1 males.

There were 383 housing units at an average density of 309.2 per square mile (119.4/km²), of which 44 (80.0%) were owner-occupied, and 11 (20.0%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 17.0%; the rental vacancy rate was 25.0%. 79 people (81.4% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 18 people (18.6%) lived in rental housing units.

Annually, the town hosts the summer Mountain Festival in the Camp Nelson Meadow, which was established through the John M. Nelson conservancy. Apart from the annual festival, visitors come to Camp Nelson to see the grove of Sequoias near Belknap campground. A small tungsten mine operated in the area until the 1950s.

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