Rice County, Minnesota
Location within the U.S. state of Minnesota
Minnesota's location within the U.S.
|Founded||March 5, 1853|
|Named for||Henry Mower Rice|
|• Total||516 sq mi (1,340 km2)|
|• Land||496 sq mi (1,280 km2)|
|• Water||20 sq mi (50 km2) 3.9%%|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||133/sq mi (51/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−6 (Central)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−5 (CDT)|
|Congressional districts||1st, 2nd|
Rice County was founded on March 5, 1853. It was named for Henry Mower Rice, a fur trader who became instrumental in creation of the Minnesota Territory and its subsequent growth and development.
The Cannon River flows northeasterly through the center of the county, on its way to discharge into the Mississippi River at Red Wing. The Straight River flows northerly into the county from Steele County to its discharge point into the Cannon River at Faribault. The North Fork of the Zumbro River rises in south-central Rice County, and flows eastward into Goodhue County on its way to discharge into the Mississippi east of Kellogg.
The county terrain consists of low, rolling hills, entirely devoted to agriculture, and dotted with lakes. The county slopes to the east and north; its highest point is near its SE corner, at 1,263' (385m) ASL. The county has an area of 516 square miles (1,340 km2), of which 496 square miles (1,280 km2) is land and 20 square miles (52 km2) (3.9%) is water. 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 county's southeastern part. Rice is one of 17 Minnesota savanna counties with more savanna soils than either prairie or forest soils.
- Cannon Lake Wilderness Area
- Cannon River Trout Lily Scientific and Natural Area
- Faribault State Wildlife Management Area
- Nerstrand Big Woods State Park
- River Bend Nature Area
- Sakatah Lake State Park (part)
- Shager Park
- Townsend Woods Scientific and Natural Area
- Whitney Island Scientific and Natural Area
- Cannon Lake
- Caron Lake
- Cedar Lake
- Circle Lake
- Crystal Lake
- Duban Lake
- Dudley Lake
- Fox Lake
- French Lake
- Hatch Lake
- Horseshoe Lake (part)
- Hunt Lake
- Kelly Lake
- Mazaska Lake
- Metogga Lake
- Mud Lake
- Phelps Lake
- Rice Lake
- Roberds Lake
- Sakatah Lake (part)
- Shields Lake
- Sprague Lake
- Union Lake
- Weinberger Lake
- Wells Lake
- Willing Lake
|US Decennial Census|
As of the 2000 United States Census, there were 56,665 people, 18,888 households, and 13,353 families in the county. The population density was 114/sqmi (44.1/km²). There were 20,061 housing units at an average density of 40.4/sqmi (15.6/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.
The county population contained 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.
Parks and recreation
- Dennison (partly in Goodhue County)
- Faribault (county seat)
- Northfield (partly in Dakota County)
Rice County voters are traditionally Democratic. In 90% of national elections since 1980 has the county selected the Democratic Party candidate (as of 2016).
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