Rice County is located in southeastern Minnesota. The County Seat is Faribault and the largest city is Faribault. The Official Web Site is located at http://www.co.rice.mn.us/. The 2014 population estimate is 65,151 and the 2010 census population was 64,144. The land area is 495.68 square miles and there are 129.4 persons per square mile.
91.8% of the population is White, 3.8% is Black or African American, 7.7% is Hispanic or Latino, 2.1% is Asian, 0.7% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.1% is Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 1.6% is two or more races. 90.5% have a high school degree or higher, and 27.7% have a Bachelor degree or higher.
The median home value is $187,500, there are 22,299 households, an average of 2.51 persons per household. The per capita income is $25,370, the median household income is $59,915, and 11.6% of the persons in Rice County are considered below poverty level.
The total number of firms, at last estimate, was 5,177. Retail sales (in $1000) were $599,153, and sales per capita were $9,666. The percentage of black-owned firms is 0%, and the percentage of women-owned firms is 27%.
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