Nickerson is a city in Reno County, Kansas, United States. It was named in honor of Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway president Thomas Nickerson when the town was founded in 1872. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 1,070.
Nickerson is located at 38°8′55″N 98°5′3″W / 38.14861°N 98.08417°W / 38.14861; -98.08417 (38.148508, -98.084154). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.4 square miles (3.5 km²), all of it land.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,194 people, 460 households, and 333 families residing in the city. The population density was 883.8 people per square mile (341.5/km²). There were 507 housing units at an average density of 375.3 per square mile (145.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.40% White, 0.25% African American, 0.59% Native American, 1.01% from other races, and 1.76% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.85% of the population.