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Rice County, Minnesota
Map of Minnesota highlighting Rice County
Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of the U.S. highlighting Minnesota
Minnesota's location in the U.S.
Founded March 5, 1853 [1]
Named for Henry Mower Rice,[1] one of the first two U.S. senators from Minnesota.
Seat Faribault
Largest city Faribault
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

516.13 sq mi (1,337 km²)
497.57 sq mi (1,289 km²)
18.56 sq mi (48 km²), 3.60%
 - (2010)
 - Density

114/sq mi (44/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Rice County is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of 2010, the population was 64,142.[2] Its county seat is Faribault[3].

Rice County Courthouse

Geography[edit | edit source]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 516.13 square miles (1,336.8 km2), of which 497.57 square miles (1,288.7 km2) (or 96.40%) is land and 18.56 square miles (48.1 km2) (or 3.60%) is water.[4] The Cannon River flows northeastwardly through the county, collecting the Straight River in Faribault. The North Fork of the Zumbro River has its headwaters in the southeastern part of the county.[5]

Lakes[edit | edit source]

Henry Mower Rice, one of Minnesota's first senators and the namesake of the county

Major highways[edit | edit source]

Adjacent counties[edit | edit source]

Demographics[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1860 7,543
1870 16,083 113.2%
1880 22,481 39.8%
1890 23,968 6.6%
1900 26,080 8.8%
1910 25,911 −0.6%
1920 28,307 9.2%
1930 29,974 5.9%
1940 32,160 7.3%
1950 36,235 12.7%
1960 38,988 7.6%
1970 41,582 6.7%
1980 46,087 10.8%
1990 49,183 6.7%
2000 56,665 15.2%
2010 64,142 13.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

Age pyramid of county residents based on 2000 U.S. census data.

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 56,665 people, 18,888 households, and 13,353 families residing in the county. The population density was 114 people per square mile (44/km²). There were 20,061 housing units at an average density of 40 per square mile (16/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 93.59% White, 1.31% Black or African American, 0.43% Native American, 1.46% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.87% from other races, and 1.30% from two or more races. 5.50% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 32.1% were of German, 14.7% Norwegian, 7.2% Irish and 5.3% Czech ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 18,888 households out of which 36.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.10% were married couples living together, 8.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.30% were non-families. 23.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.14.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.30% under the age of 18, 15.80% from 18 to 24, 27.40% from 25 to 44, 20.20% from 45 to 64, and 11.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 101.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $48,651, and the median income for a family was $56,407. Males had a median income of $36,771 versus $26,151 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,695. About 4.00% of families and 6.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.70% of those under age 18 and 10.70% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[edit | edit source]

Large Cities Towns Townships Unincorporated

† Dennison is in Goodhue County, but a small part extends into Rice County.
Moland is considered to be mostly in Steele County, but the area also extends into Rice County. ‡ A part of Northfield extends into Dakota County.

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County Parks[edit | edit source]

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Coordinates: 44°22′N 93°18′W / 44.36, -93.30

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