Rice Lake, Wisconsin

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Rice Lake, Wisconsin
Official seal of Rice Lake, Wisconsin
Motto: You'll love our friendly nature
Location of Rice Lake in Barron County, Wisconsin
Location of Rice Lake in Barron County, Wisconsin
Coordinates: 45°29′54″N 91°44′20″W / 45.49833°N 91.73889°W / 45.49833; -91.73889Coordinates: 45°29′54″N 91°44′20″W / 45.49833°N 91.73889°W / 45.49833; -91.73889
Country United States
State Wisconsin
County Barron
Incorporated 1 Apr 1887
 • Mayor

Steve Harrington

  • Elected April 3, 2012
  • Inaugurated April 2012
 • Total 9.70 sq mi sq mi (25.12 km² km2)
 • Land 8.60 sq mi sq mi (22.27 km² km2)
 • Water 1.10 sq mi sq mi (2.85 km² km2)
Elevation 1,148 ft (350 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 8,438
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 8,348
 • Density 981.2/sq mi (378.8/km2)
Time zone Central (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP Code 54868
Area code(s) 715 & 534
FIPS code 55-67350[4]
GNIS feature ID 1572268[5]
Website www.ci.rice-lake.wi.us

Rice Lake is a city in Barron County in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 8,438. The city is located mostly within the Town of Rice Lake.


The village was named in 1870 after nearby Rice Lake.[6] A post office has been in operation in Rice Lake since 1872.[7]


Rice Lake is located at 45°29′54″N 91°44′20″W / 45.49833°N 91.73889°W / 45.49833; -91.73889 (45.498408, -91.738844).[8]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.70 square miles (25.12 km2), of which, 8.60 square miles (22.27 km2) is land and 1.10 square miles (2.85 km2) is water.[1]


As of 2000 the median income for a household in the city was $34,637, and the median income for a family was $53,056. Males had a median income of $40,450 versus $30,211 for females. The per capita income for the city was $22,354. About 6.9% of families and 13.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.4% of those under age 18 and 13.1% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 8,438 people, 3,936 households, and 2,065 families residing in the city. The population density was 981.2 inhabitants per square mile (378.8/km2). There were 4,239 housing units at an average density of 492.9 per square mile (190.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.2% White, 0.3% African American, 0.9% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 0.5% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.4% of the population.

There were 3,936 households of which 24.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.6% were married couples living together, 10.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 47.5% were non-families. 39.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.09 and the average family size was 2.79.

The median age in the city was 41.2 years. 20.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 10.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.5% were from 25 to 44; 24.5% were from 45 to 64; and 21.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.8% male and 53.2% female.


U.S. Highway 53, Wisconsin Highway 48, and County Road SS (Main Street) are three arterial routes in the city.

The area is served by Rice Lake Regional Airport - Carl's Field, which is located south of Rice Lake.


Public schools[edit]

  • Rice Lake High School
  • Northern Lakes Regional Academy
  • Rice Lake Middle School
  • Jefferson Elementary
  • Hilltop Elementary
  • Tainter Elementary
  • Haugen Elementary
  • Red Cedar School

Private schools[edit]

  • St. Joseph School

Post-secondary education[edit]


Rice Lake serves as a shopping, industrial, educational, and medical hub for the surrounding rural communities of Barron, Cameron, Chetek, Shell Lake, Cumberland, Spooner, Ladysmith.

Notable people[edit]

Local media[edit]

  • WAQE 97.7 FM "The STAR" -- All the Stars, All the Time
  • WAQE 1090 AM -- Sports Talk
  • WJMC 96.1 FM -- The Best Country Station, Number One
  • WJMC 1240 AM -- Good Friends and Great Information
  • WKFX 99.1 FM "The Fox" -- Classic Hits


  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  3. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-06-24. 
  4. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ Chicago and North Western Railway Company (1908). A History of the Origin of the Place Names Connected with the Chicago & North Western and Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha Railways. p. 189. 
  7. ^ "Barron County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 4 April 2015. 
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  9. ^ "Military Sealift Command - Medal of Honor Recipient". Washington Navy Yard, DC: Military Sealift Command. Retrieved 3 July 2011. 
  10. ^ "Observation of a new boson at a mass of 125 GeV with the CMS experiment at the LHC". Physics Letters B. Retrieved 15 Aug 2013. 

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