City of Riceville

Riceville is a community of 900 friendly people. It is located in Northeast Iowa where life is centered on a strong rural economy. We have quiet, affordable living, choice building lots and industrial sites, municipal services, local LP gas and fuel oil service, a volunteer fire department, EMT and ambulance service, full time police department, retirement complexes, real estate and auction services, local accountants, full-service bank and insurance agency, a community center, and so much more!

It is a safe environment for children, and also offers many benefits for children. There is a head start, community preschool, private day care providers, a summer recreation program, city park and playground, and a school DARE program.

Riceville provides many of the services of a larger community. A few of the locally owned businesses are: construction contractors, newspaper, auto dealership, veterinarian, locker, convenience stores, floral shop, beauty salons, barber shops, restaurants, and so much more.

Riceville is known as the hub of Northeast Iowa. It is located on Iowa Highway 9, 15 miles from U.S. Highway 63, 50 miles from I-35, and 30 miles from I-90. There is definitely no reason not to stop by and give Riceville a try.

Riceville City Hall

    Crystal Reddel, City Clerk


123 W Main St, Riceville, IA 50466

PO Box 256, Riceville, IA 50466

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Riceville is a great recreation center for everyone. You'll find recreation opportunities such as fishing, swimming, tennis courts, a softball field, a 9-hole golf course, plentiful deer and pheasant hunting, and so much more.

History of Riceville

A unique characteristic of Riceville is that the town is located in both Howard and Mitchell County. Riceville was settled and platted in 1855 by Dennis Rice and his family. Rice was searching for a mill site when he purchased an area of land with a spring for the cost of five dollars.

An election to incorporate the town was held in November on 1892 in which 156 ballots were cast. The election resulted in N.W. Jewett as Riceville's first mayor.

A great addition to Riceville was Lake Hendricks. This 130-acre area was a gift from E.K. and Mildred Hendricks and his sister Alice H. McIntyre. The construction of two dams allows for the presence of a 50-acre lake which is stocked with numerous fish and today used for camping, fishing, and picnicking.

As an honor to Riceville community and its long heritage, in May of 1995 the city was rated top ten percent of governments in the nation in using its financial resources.

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