Rice County, Minnesota

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Rice County, Minnesota
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Map of Minnesota highlighting Rice County
Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of the United States highlighting Minnesota
Minnesota's location in the U.S.
Founded March 5, 1853[1]
Named for Henry Mower Rice[2]
Seat Faribault
Largest city Faribault
Area
 • Total 516.13 sq mi (1,337 km2)
 • Land 497.57 sq mi (1,289 km2)
 • Water 18.56 sq mi (48 km2), 3.60%
Population (Est.)
 • (2012) 64,854
 • Density 114/sq mi (44/km²)
Congressional districts 1st, 2nd
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.co.rice.mn.us

Rice County is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 64,142.[3] Its county seat is Faribault.[4]

Rice County comprises the Faribault-Northfield, MN Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN-WI Combined Statistical Area.

Geography[edit]

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.[5] 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.[6] Rice is one of 17 Minnesota savanna counties with more savanna soils than either prairie or forest soils.[7] The native vegetation based on NRCS soils information is:Rice County Minnesota Native Vegetation New Wiki Version.pdf Several examples of native vegetation in the county: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Townsend_Woods_SNA_Wiki_Version_jpeg.JPG https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Nerstrand_-_Big_Woods_State_Park_Wiki_Version.jpg https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:East_Rice_Co_Dennison_Wiki_Version.JPG https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Carleton_College_Arboretum_Area_Wiki_Version.JPG

Lakes[edit]

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

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
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%
Est. 2012 64,854 1.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
2012 Estimate[3]
Age pyramid of county residents based on 2000 U.S. census data

As of the census 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.

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]

Large Cities Cities Townships Unincorporated communities

† 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.

See also[edit]

County parks[edit]

  • Ackman Park 3 miles (4.8 km) west of Faribault
  • Albers Park in Webster
  • Cannon River Wilderness Area 4 miles (6.4 km) north of Faribault
  • Caron Park in Cannon City
  • Falls Creek Park 1-mile (1.6 km) east of Faribault
  • Heron Island in Shieldsville
  • Hirdler Park 10 miles (16 km) west of Faribault
  • Kalina Park in Wheatland
  • King Mill Park in Faribault
  • Shager Park 2 miles (3.2 km) west of Faribault

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Minnesota Place Names". Minnesota Historical Society. Retrieved March 19, 2014. 
  2. ^ Fedo, Michael (2002). Pocket Guide to Minnesota Place Names. Canada: Minnesota Historical Society Press. p. 127. ISBN 0-87351-424-6. 
  3. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 1, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  5. ^ "Census 2010 Gazetteer Files". Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  6. ^ Minnesota Atlas & Gazetteer. Yarmouth, Me.: DeLorme. 1994. p. 33. ISBN 0-89933-222-6. 
  7. ^ Nelson,Steven (2011). Savanna Soils of Minnesota. Minnesota: Self. pp. 43-48. ISBN 978-0-615-50320-2.
  8. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved September 1, 2013. 

External links[edit]

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