Location of Rice, Texas
|• Total||2.8 sq mi (7.2 km2)|
|• Land||2.7 sq mi (7.0 km2)|
|• Water||0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)|
|Elevation||459 ft (140 m)|
|• Density||294.9/sq mi (113.9/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||1345153|
Rice is located at (32.234563, -96.494670).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.8 square miles (7.3 km2), of which, 2.7 square miles (7.0 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (3.21%) is water.
The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Rice has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.
As of the census of 2000, there were 798 people, 260 households, and 215 families residing in the city. The population density was 294.9 people per square mile (113.7/km²). There were 371 housing units at an average density of 137.1/sq mi (52.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 76.32% White, 9.77% African American, 0.25% Native American, 12.53% from other races, and 1.13% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 17.54% of the population.
There were 260 households out of which 48.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.2% were married couples living together, 14.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 17.3% were non-families. 11.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.07 and the average family size was 3.33.
In the city the population was spread out with 33.8% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 35.0% from 25 to 44, 15.8% from 45 to 64, and 6.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 91.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.3 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $31,875, and the median income for a family was $33,375. Males had a median income of $28,375 versus $20,250 for females. The per capita income for the city was $11,616. About 17.1% of families and 15.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.0% of those under age 18 and 36.0% of those age 65 or over.
The city's namesake is William Marsh Rice, who donated the land for a city church and the city cemetery. He is the same person for whom Rice University is named. Its unofficial motto is "The city so nice, they named it Rice."
The City of Rice is served by the Rice Independent School District.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- Climate Summary for Rice, Texas
- City of Rice – unofficial site.