There are approximately 2 cups of white rice per pound. About 2 1/4 cups of brown rice per pound is more expensive. It takes approximately three cups of wild rice to equal one pound.
Cups are a cooking unit of volume, while the pound is a unit of weight. Therefore, the conversion from cups to pounds is not exact. Numerous foods are sold by the pound. When rice is cooked in water, both its volume and weight increase significantly. When preparing white rice, the ratio of water to rice is 2:1. Each cup of rice requires two cups of water at the outset of cooking.