Rice County is located in central Kansas. The County Seat is Lyons and the largest city is Lyons. The Official Web Site is located at http://ricecounty.us/. The 2014 population estimate is 10,015 and the 2010 census population was 10,083. The land area is 726.24 square miles and there are 13.9 persons per square mile.
94.3% of the population is White, 1.7% is Black or African American, 11% is Hispanic or Latino, 0.4% is Asian, 1.1% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.1% is Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 2.3% is two or more races. 89.9% have a high school degree or higher, and 20.9% have a Bachelor degree or higher.
The median home value is $74,200, there are 3,914 households, an average of 2.44 persons per household. The per capita income is $23,068, the median household income is $45,336, and 14.9% of the persons in Rice County are considered below poverty level.
The total number of firms, at last estimate, was 724. Retail sales (in $1000) were $46,889, and sales per capita were $4,671.
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