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Time Zone: Rice County lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time.

The community of Faribault is the Seat for Rice County.

Rice County was founded in 1853. Rice was created by taking area from Dakota and Counties.

From the Census Estimates for 2009, <1> Rice had a population of 62,723 people. This is an increase of 10.69% since the last Census (which gave a population of 56,665 people in 2000).

At the time of the 2000 Census, Rice represented 1.15% of the total population of Minnesota, making it the state's 14th most populous county (out of 87 counties).

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
201064,142+13.2%+2.26% since 2009
200962,723+10.69%+0.22% since 2008
200862,583+10.44%+0.96% since 2007
200056,665The Last Census

More information can be found on the Rice County Census Page for Rice County.


Below are some of the communities located in Rice County (for more communities, please visit our Nearby Page for Rice County):

Community 2009
(2009vs. 2000)
Faribault   22,14920,8186.39% increase  
Northfield   19,65617,14714.63% increase  
Lonsdale   3,0671,491105.7% increase  
Dundas   1,141547108.6% increase  
Morristown   1,0479816.73% increase  

Websites for Rice County

Official Website:   www.co.rice.mn.us/

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<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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