Introduction to Sioux Center, Iowa

Sioux Center, Iowa is located 41 miles N of Sioux City, Iowa (center to center) and is 126 miles N of Omaha, Nebraska. It is in Sioux county. The population of the city is 6,002.

Sioux Center History

The area now known as Sioux Center was originally inhabited by the Native Americans. In fact, it was also named after the Sioux Indian tribe. The area was first settled by the whites in the 1800s. The city is located in Sioux County, which was established on January 15, 1851.

Sioux Center and nearby Attractions

  • Centre Mall
  • Sioux County Historical Center
  • Newton Hills State Park
  • Sheldon Prarie Museum
  • Lake Alvin State Recreation Area
  • Milwaukee Railroad Roundhouse Historic Site

Things To Do In Sioux Center

Sioux Center has many parks including the Crown Pointe Vernon Park, Regency Park, and Central Park. The Open Space Park offers 2 lighted sand volleyball courts, a lighted baseball field, a lighted football field, and softball field. Shopping can be enjoyed at the Centre Mall. One can also enjoy camping at the Sandy Hollow Campground. The city also includes a bike trail to enjoy. Sioux Center also hosts Summer Celebration every year in the month of June, which features a celebration including cruise night and a car show.

Sioux Center Transportation

Flights can be availed from Sioux Gateway Airport/ Col. Bud Day Field.

Sioux Center Higher Education

Dordt College is located in the city. Western Iowa Tech Community College, Buena Vista University, and University of South Dakota also offer facilities for higher education.


Total Population 7,312
Male Share of the Population 50.1%
Female Share of the Population 49.9%
Senior Citizens 14.5%
Employed Population 16+ 3,919
Age of the Population 30


% of people married 55.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 33.7%
Median Earnings25+ $40,694
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $25,050
Median Earnings With High School Degree $35,078


Median Family Income $77,784
% Above Poverty Level 95.6%
% Below Poverty Level 4.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 10 minutes
% Working from Home 13.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5.6%
% Using Public Transportation 0.3%


People Living Alone 16.3%
Median Gross Rent $701
Median House Value $183,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 19.7%
US/American 0.1%
English 4.3%
Irish 6.6%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Sioux Center Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 41 miles N of Sioux City, Iowa (center to center)
Nearest Large City 126 miles N of Omaha, Nebraska
County Sioux
Standard Zip Codes 51250
Phone Area Codes 712
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.079
Longitude -96.175

Sioux Center Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 2.4 miles
Jan Temp 7 to 27 F
Apr Temp 36 to 63 F
Jul Temp 61 to 87 F
Oct Temp 38 to 65 F
Annual Precip 28.7 inches
Distance 16.5 miles
Jan Temp 5 to 26 F
Apr Temp 34 to 60 F
Jul Temp 62 to 85 F
Oct Temp 36 to 62 F
Annual Precip 26.7 inches
Station LE MARS
Distance 20.5 miles
Jan Temp 6 to 26 F
Apr Temp 35 to 61 F
Jul Temp 62 to 86 F
Oct Temp 36 to 63 F
Annual Precip 26.5 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Sioux Center, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Lebanon (51250)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Alton 1,285 $80,833
Hull 2,317 $59,519
Ireton 667 $60,179

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Sioux Center Public Libraries

Sioux Center Public Library
327 1ST AVE. NE
Sioux Center, Iowa
(712) 722-2138

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Sioux Center Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(712) 722-1271
Emergency Service: Yes

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Sioux Center High Schools

550 9TH ST NE
Serves 309 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.9

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