Rice Lake, Minnesota

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Rice Lake, Minnesota
Rice Lake, Minnesota is located in Minnesota
Rice Lake, Minnesota
Rice Lake, Minnesota
Location of the city of Rice Lake
within Saint Louis County, Minnesota
Coordinates: 46°52′45″N 92°7′12″W / 46.87917°N 92.12000°W / 46.87917; -92.12000Coordinates: 46°52′45″N 92°7′12″W / 46.87917°N 92.12000°W / 46.87917; -92.12000
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Saint Louis
Incorporated October 22, 2015
 • Total 33.5 sq mi (86.8 km2)
 • Land 32.4 sq mi (83.8 km2)
 • Water 1.1 sq mi (3.0 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,275
 • Estimate (2016)[1] 4,121
 • Density 38/sq mi (15/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 55803
Area code(s) 218
FIPS code 27-54070[2]
Website www.ricelakecity.com

Rice Lake is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 4,095 at the 2010 census.[3]

Main routes include Rice Lake Road (County Road 4) and Martin Road (County Road 9).

Rice Lake Road runs north–south, and Martin Road runs east–west. Other routes include Howard Gnesen Road, Arnold Road, Calvary Road, West Tischer Road, and West Beyer Road.


Rice Lake was founded as a township in 1870.

After portions of the township had been annexed by the city of Duluth, the residents began the process to be recognized as a city.[4] On August 20, 2015, Administrative Law Judge Barbara J. Case signed an Order of Incorporation which allowed the township of Rice Lake to convert into the city of Rice Lake.[5][4][6]

In an election held on October 13, 2015, Rice Lake residents elected a mayor and members of the city council.[4][6] The results of the election were certified. The township was formally organized as a city on October 22, 2015.[7]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 33.5 square miles (87 km2); 32.3 square miles (84 km2) is land and 1.1 square miles (2.8 km2), or 3.43%, is water.

Wild Rice Lake is partially located within the city of Rice Lake.

Amity Creek and the East Branch of Amity Creek both flow through the city.

The Lester River rises in nearby Gnesen Township and flows generally southeastwardly through the city of Rice Lake and Lakewood Township, turning southward as it nears Lake Superior. The river flows into Lake Superior in eastern Duluth.

Adjacent townships, cities, and communities[edit]

The following are adjacent to Rice Lake:

The Duluth International Airport is to the immediate southwest of the city of Rice Lake.

Ridgeview Road runs east–west along Rice Lake's southern boundary line with adjacent city of Duluth.

Lismore Road runs east–west along Rice Lake's northern boundary line with adjacent Gnesen Township.

Jean Duluth Road (County Road 37) runs north–south along Rice Lake's eastern boundary line with adjacent Lakewood Township; except for the southeast corner of Rice Lake where both Arnold Road and Martin Road together serve as the boundary line with adjacent city of Duluth.

Town Line Road briefly runs north–south along Rice Lake's western boundary line with adjacent Canosia Township.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 2016 4,121 [1]
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 4,139 people, 1,494 households, and 1,177 families residing in the township. The population density was 127.9 people per square mile (49.4/km²). There were 1,518 housing units at an average density of 46.9/sq mi (18.1/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 97.83% White, 0.29% African American, 0.58% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 0.10% from other races, and 0.87% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.41% of the population.

There were 1,494 households out of which 37.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.8% were married couples living together, 6.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.2% were non-families. 16.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.77 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the township the population was spread out with 27.5% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 31.0% from 25 to 44, 24.9% from 45 to 64, and 9.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 103.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 104.9 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $51,341, and the median income for a family was $55,357. Males had a median income of $39,894 versus $28,095 for females. The per capita income for the township was $18,857. About 4.7% of families and 5.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.9% of those under age 18 and 6.5% of those age 65 or over.


  1. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "Race, Hispanic or Latino, Age, and Housing Occupancy: 2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File (QT-PL), Rice Lake township, St. Louis County, Minnesota". U.S. Census Bureau, American FactFinder 2. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved October 26, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c "Rice Lake Township is Minnesota's newest city". Mesabi Daily News. August 24, 2015. Retrieved 15 October 2015. 
  5. ^ Case, Barbara J. (August 20, 2015). "Order: In the Matter of the Petition for Incorporation of Rice Lake Township" (PDF). State of Minnesota. Retrieved 15 October 2015. 
  6. ^ a b Turtinen, Melissa (August 24, 2015). "Let's make it 853: Rice Lake Township will be Minnesota's newest city". Bring Me the News. Retrieved 15 October 2015. 
  7. ^ "Rice Lake City Council holds first meeting". Duluth News Tribune. Duluth, Minnesota. 22 October 2015. Retrieved 29 October 2015. 
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2016. 

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