About Faribault

Welcome to Faribault
Welcome to Faribault, a dynamic, growing community of 23,352 residents situated at the confluence of the Cannon and Straight Rivers in Southern Minnesota. Located along Interstate 35, just 25 minutes south of the Twin Cities metropolitan area, our community enjoys the advantages and conveniences of being near a major metropolitan center while providing the livability of small town Minnesota. Faribault offers an atmosphere of planned, well-managed growth against a rich historical backdrop.
An aerial view of the City of Faribault
Faribault boasts a vibrant business community, excellent educational opportunities, and a wide variety of recreational and cultural offerings, combining to make the community a great place to visit, work, and live.
General Information
  • Faribault: Named after its founder, Alexander Faribault
  • Founded: 1852
  • Location: On Interstate 35, 25 minutes south of the Twin Cities metropolitan area
  • Population: 23,352 (2010 Census)
  • County: Rice
  • Form of government: Council-Administrator
  • Home to:
    • Faribault Foods / Butter Kernel products
    • Faribault Woolen Mills
    • Jennie-O Turkey Store plant
    • Minnesota Correctional Facility - Faribault
    • Minnesota State Academy for the Blind
    • Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf
    • Sellner Manufacturing (maker of the "Tilt-a-Whirl")
    • Shattuck-St. Mary’s School
    • Tree Frog Music Festival
    • Turkey Store products
    • Faribault Energy Park and more!
  • Land Area: 12.86 square miles
  • Elevation: 1,015.55 feet above mean sea level (at City Hall)
  • Local Attractions:
    • Downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul
    • Iowa and Wisconsin borders
    • Mall of America
    • Minneapolis - St. Paul International Airport
    • Rochester and the Mayo Clinic
    • 8 State Parks and more than 100 recreational lakes