Business Data

Government and Taxes

Government Services Building

 

Rice County prides itself in keeping taxes low, and is one of the lowest taxed counties in all of Minnesota. This translates into savings for businesses – contributing to our business-friendly environment.

 

 

 

Utilities

Electricity

Steel Waseca Cooperative ElectricSteele-Waseca Cooperative Electric - (507) 451-7340
 

Xcel EnergyXcel Energy - 800-622-3674

Natural Gas

Xcel EnergyXcel Energy

Water/Waste Water/Solid Waste Disposal

  • Provided locally by each city or township.

Telecommunications

  • Several telephone, internet and cable services available in Rice County.

Transportation

Airports

Railroads

  • Canadian Pacific Rail, service provided by Progressive Rail.

Highway Systems

  • Interstate I-35
  • Minnesota State Highways 3, 19, 21, 60, 99, 246, 298, 299

Motor Freight Services

  • Several local and national motor freight services in Rice County area.

Bus Systems

  • Jefferson, Grayhound, Northfield Lines, and local transit service.

Overnight Package Delivery

  • Federal Express, UPS, Mail Express, and a number of other couriers serve the area.

Distance from Other Cities

CityMilesKilometers
Atlanta, GA8681397
Charleston, SC10671718
Chicago, IL329530
Denver, CO6781091
Detroit, MI529851
Los Angeles, CA15082427
Miami, FL14742372
Minneapolis, MN4775
New York, NY10111627
Philadelphia, PA9061458
Raleigh, NC9701561
St. Louis, MO421678
Washington, DC9821581

Calculated From Faribault - The Rice County Seat

Population Estimates

   ESRI Reports

     The following ESRI Business Analyst Reports provide general demographic and market data for Rice County.

2012 Population Estimates

Prepared by Minnesota State Demographic Center

Rice County – 64,747

Cities

Faribault – 23,436
Northfield (part) – 19,207
Lonsdale – 3,768
Dundas – 1,407
Morristown – 990
Nerstrand – 297
Dennison (part) – 13

Townships

Bridgewater – 1,791
Webster – 1,770
Wells – 1,592
Warsaw – 1,320
Forest – 1,241
Wheatland – 1,237
Cannon City – 1,223
Shieldsville – 1,137
Walcott – 954
Erin – 850
Northfield – 843
Morristown – 705
Wheeling – 552
Richland – 414

Major Employers

Rice County is home to a diverse number of exceptional companies. Employers have created and retained jobs in the manufacturing, high tech, health care, government and educational sectors. Our major employers include:

  • MOM Brands (Malt-O-Meal)
  • St. Olaf College
  • Carleton College
  • Jennie-O Turkey Store
  • Northfield Hospital
  • Northfield Public Schools
  • Faribault Public Schools
  • Minnesota Correctional Facility
  • McLane Minnesota
  • Daikin Applied (McQuay)
  • Multek Flexible Circuits, Inc.
  • Faribault Foods, Inc.
  • Rice County Offices
  • Cenneidigh, Inc.
  • Minnesota State Academies
  • Met-Con Companies