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Faribault is a place where American Stories are made.
You can find us along Interstate 35 in the beautiful lake country of southern Minnesota, just 40 minutes south of the Twin Cities, enjoying the numerous resorts and recreational opportunities at our door.

Faribault is a growing community of nearly 25,000 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, benches 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 downtown stores, taking in the great outdoors or biking a trail, visiting a local apple orchard, or enjoying a dip in the area lakes, we’re sure you’ll agree – our town 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: 15.2 square miles
Elevation: 1,015.55 feet above mean sea level (at City Hall)

Community Population:
2020 Census 24,453
2010 Census 23,352
2000 Census 27,347
1990 Census 23,647

Population by Race Classification
65.48% White Alone, 13.97% Hispanic or Latino, 14.84% Black or African Am. Alone, 1.21% Am. Indian and Alaska Nat. Alone, 1.59% Asian Alone, and 7.64% Two or More Races.

Estimated Household Income: $54,832
Number of Households: 8,658

Faribault Public School District Enrollment: as of April 6, 2022: 3500

Sources: 2020 Census, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Faribault Public Schools

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
  • Shattuck-St.Mary’s School
  • Allina Medical Clinic
  • KGP Logistics
  • Tru-Vue, Inc.
  • City of Faribault
  • Sage Glass
  • TryStar
  • South Central College

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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