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Overview

Introduction to Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Sioux Falls is South Dakota's largest city and also the county seat of the state's Minnehaha County. Nestled in the southeastern corner of South Dakota, Sioux Falls hugs the borders of three neighboring states: Minnesota (to the northeast), Iowa (to the southeast), and Nebraska (to the southwest). The city is located at the intersection of Interstates I-29 and I-90, and is also serviced by I-229 and South Dakota State Highway 42.

Founded in the mid-19th century by land speculators attracted by the cascades of the Big Sioux River and the area's beauty and water power, Sioux Falls became incorporated as a village in 1876 by the legislative assembly of the Dakota Territory. Restricted by its village charter, Sioux Falls subsequently petitioned to become a city and was granted its city charter in 1883. The arrival of the railroads in the 1880s ushered in an era of prosperity and an associated population boom. During the early part of the 20th century, the Sioux Falls economy centered on agriculturally-based industries, triggered by the opening of the John Morrell meat packing plant in the city in 1909. By the latter half of the century, the city's economy had greatly diversified and become more service-based, focusing on finance, health care, and retail trade.

Arts and Culture in Sioux Falls

There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy arts and culture in Sioux Falls. A wealth of galleries and museums expounding on art and native history abound in the city, which is also filled with a wide variety of statues and historical monuments. The Delbridge Museum of Natural History features one of the country's most fascinating collections of mounted wildlife. The Old Courthouse Museum, housed in a restored 1890s building, offers exhibits which chronicle the natural and cultural histories of the Siouxland region. The Sioux Empire Medical Museum, housed at Sioux Valley Hospital, features medical history displays dating from the early 1900s and provides visitors with an appreciation of medical progress since that time. The Pettigrew Home and Museum, housed in the restored former home of Richard F. Pettigrew, South Dakota's first full-term U.S. senator, displays artifacts which Pettigrew had collected from all over the world. The Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science is home to the Kirby Science Discover Center and also to two performing arts centers which host several operas and Broadway productions throughout the year. Great Bear Recreation Park offers downhill and cross country skiing for both beginners and advanced skiers. Annual events in town include Jazzfest, the city's Jazz and Blues Festival. Held in July at Yankton Trail Park, the two-day outdoor musical event has become a summer favorite in Sioux Falls and the surrounding region.

For sports fans, Sioux Falls has a wide variety of teams to suit all tastes. The city boasts a minor league professional baseball team, the Sioux Falls Canaries. The Canaries, who play in the American Association, are an independent team unaffiliated with any Major League club. The Sioux Falls Arena is home to three local teams: the Skyforce, Stampede, and Storm. The Sioux Falls Skyforce is a pro basketball team playing in the NBA Development League. The Sioux Falls Stampede play pro hockey in the United States Hockey League (USHL). The Sioux Falls Storm is an arena football team belonging to the United Indoor Football League (UIFL). Soccer also has a home in Sioux Falls with the Sioux Falls Spitfire, a team in the USL's Premier Development League.

People

Total Population 164,341
Male Share of the Population 49.8%
Female Share of the Population 50.2%
Senior Citizens 11.6%
Employed Population 16+ 89,506
Age of the Population 34

Families

% of people married 48.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 32.8%
Median Earnings25+ $34,542
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $26,011
Median Earnings With High School Degree $28,446

Wealth

Median Family Income $68,785
% Above Poverty Level 87.9%
% Below Poverty Level 12.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 17 minutes
% Working from Home 2.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.6%
% Using Public Transportation 1%

Housing

People Living Alone 30.6%
Median Gross Rent $726
Median House Value $157,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 17.3%
US/American 0%
English 4.8%
Irish 10.7%

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

Sioux Falls Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 164 miles N of Omaha, Nebraska
County Minnehaha
Metro Area Sioux Falls
Standard Zip Codes 57103, 57104, 57105, 57106, 57107, 57108, 57110
P.O. Box Zip Codes 57101, 57109, 57117, 57118
Company Zip Codes 57186, 57188, 57189, 57192, 57193, 57194, 57195, 57196, 57197, 57198
Phone Area Codes 605
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.561
Longitude -96.7

Sioux Falls Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station SIOUX FALLS AP
Distance 2.9 miles
Jan Temp 3 to 25 F
Apr Temp 33 to 59 F
Jul Temp 60 to 86 F
Oct Temp 35 to 61 F
Annual Precip 24.6 inches
Station ROCK RAPIDS
Distance 28.2 miles
Jan Temp 3 to 24 F
Apr Temp 34 to 58 F
Jul Temp 61 to 85 F
Oct Temp 35 to 61 F
Annual Precip 27.4 inches
Station WENTWORTH 2 WNW
Distance 34.9 miles
Jan Temp 3 to 24 F
Apr Temp 35 to 59 F
Jul Temp 61 to 84 F
Oct Temp 37 to 60 F
Annual Precip 24.7 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Buffalo Ridge (57107)

Ellis (57107)

Shindler (57106)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Brandon 9,497 $82,280
Crooks 1,329 $85,000
Harrisburg 4,942 $75,098
Hartford 2,887 $84,722
Tea 4,427 $81,546
Valley Springs 778 $72,875

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

Sioux Falls Public Libraries

Library
Siouxland Libraries
201 NORTH MAIN AVE
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
(605) 367-8702
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Sioux Falls Hospitals

SIOUX FALLS SURGICAL CENTER LLP
(Proprietary)
600 SOUTH CLIFF AVENUE
(605) 334-6730
Emergency Service: No

AVERA HEART HOSPITAL OF SOUTH DAKOTA LLC
(Proprietary)
4500 W 69TH ST
(605) 977-7000
Emergency Service: Yes

AVERA MCKENNAN HOSPITAL & UNIVERSITY HEALTH CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
800 E 21ST ST
(605) 322-8000
Emergency Service: Yes

SIOUX VALLEY HOSPITAL UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
1305 W. 18TH ST.
(605) 333-1000
Emergency Service: Yes

Sioux Falls VA Medical Center
(VA)
2501 W. 22nd Street
(605) 336-3230 or (800) 316-8387
Emergency Service:

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Sioux Falls High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

WASHINGTON HI SCH
501 N SYCAMORE AVE
605-367-7970
Serves 1,984 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18

ROOSEVELT HI SCH
6600 W 41ST ST
605-362-2860
Serves 1,934 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.2

LINCOLN HI SCH
2900 S CLIFF AVE
605-367-7990
Serves 1,881 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.4

JOE FOSS ALTERNATIVE SCH
1200 E 3RD ST
605-367-4285
A Non-traditional School
Serves 278 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.2

COMMUNITY CAMPUS
2101 W 41ST ST STE 47
605-367-7938
A Special Education School
Serves 28 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9.3

SCHOOL FOR DEAF HI
2001 E 8TH ST
605-367-5200
Serves 22 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 2.7

VOA DAKOTA S LONG TERM
1401 W 51ST ST
605-334-1414
A Non-traditional School
Serves 19 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10

HIGH IMPACT
715 E 14TH ST
605-367-7680
A Non-traditional School
Serves 19 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9.5

SUMMIT OAKS-RESIDENTIAL
600 W 12TH ST
605-367-4385
A Non-traditional School
Serves 15 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7.5

FLEX
1116 WEST 9TH ST
605-367-4385
A Non-traditional School
Serves 14 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5.8

STRUCTURED TEACHING
1116 W 9TH ST
605-367-4385
A Non-traditional School
Serves 10 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 4.5

SUMMIT OAKS-DAY
600 W 12TH ST
605-367-4385
A Non-traditional School
Serves 9 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 2.8

CAREER ACADEMY
715 E 14TH ST
605-367-7680
A Non-traditional School
Serves 9 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 4.5

SUCCESS
908 N WEST AVE
605-367-4793
A Non-traditional School
Serves 7 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7

VOA DAKOTA S NEW START
1401 W 51ST ST
605-334-1414
A Non-traditional School
Serves 5 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 2.9

MCKENNAN
800 E 21ST ST
605-367-7938
A Non-traditional School
Serves 2 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 2

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