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Faribault is a place where small town pride and big city opportunities can still be found.
You can find us along Interstate 35 in the beautiful lake country of southern Minnesota, just 30 minutes south of the Twin Cities, enjoying the numerous resorts and recreational opportunities at our door.

Faribault is a growing community of nearly 30,000 citizens named after it’s founder Alexander Faribault who established a fur trading post here in 1844 where the Cannon River meets the beautiful limestone bluffed Straight River. Proud of it’s roots, our small town pride can be seen in our vibrant historic downtown and older neighborhoods, while our big city opportunities are evident in the well-planned new housing developments,growing industrial parks, and commercial expansion.

Our small town pride can be seen in the hanging flower baskets and attractive signs and banners accenting our historic downtown area. Faribault is home to nationally prominent Shattuck-St. Mary’s School and the State Academies for the Deaf and the Blind. These vibrant campuses are wonderful historical reminders that connect us with our past.

Whether you plan to spend your whole life in Faribault or just an afternoon browsing our antique stores, visiting a local apple orchard, or enjoying a dip in the area lakes, we’re sure you’ll agree – our small town pride and big city opportunities will make you feel right at home in Faribault.

Faribault Fast Facts

Named after founder Alexander Faribault – Founded: 1852
Location: On I-35, 35 minutes south of the Twin Cities metropolitan area

Land Area: 13.402 square miles
Elevation: 1,015.55 feet above mean sea level (at City Hall)

Community Population:
2014 Projection 29,891
2010 Census 23,352
2000 Census 27,347
1990 Census 23,647

Growth 2009-2014 3.68%
Growth 2000-2009 5.42%
Growth 1990-2000 15.65%
Projected growth 4.8% by 2011

Population by Race Classification
82.6% White Alone, 13.0% Hispanic or Latino, 7.6% Black or African Am. Alone, 0.9% Am.
Indian and Alaska Nat. Alone, 2.1% Asian Alone, and 2.3% Two or More Races.

Estimated Household Income: $61,641
Number of Households by 2011: 10,847

Faribault Public School District Enrollment: as of October 1, 2009: 4135
Sources: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Faribault Daily News ,
Faribault Public Schools and Claritas

Major Employers

  • Jennie-O Turkey Store
  • Faribault Public School
  • Minnesota Correctional Facility
  • Daikin
  • Faribault Foods, Inc.
  • Rice County Offices
  • Cenneidigh Inc.
  • Minnesota State Academies
  • Met-Con Companies
  • Crown Cork & Seal
  • Wal-Mart
  • IFP Custom Processing
  • Genova Products
  • Shattuck-St.Mary’s School
  • Allina Medical Clinic
  • KGP Logistics
  • Tru-Vue, Inc.
  • City of Faribault
  • District One Hospital

The following links will tell you more about Faribault.  Please contact the Chamber office – (507) 334-4381 – with any specific questions. We are happy to assist you.

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