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Overview

Introduction to Sioux City, Iowa

Sioux City is situated in Northwest Iowa in Woodbury County. It's located along the Missouri River. Portions of the city are situated among the distinctive Loess Hills formations. Sioux City offers a wide array of entertainment and activities.

History

Spanish and French fur trappers arrived during the 18th century. Sioux City was established in 1854. In 1856 the first steamboat made its way to the town, bringing ready-framed houses and supplies. The arrival of the railroad in 1868 attracted several small factories to Sioux City. The construction of a large meat packing facility led to a thriving livestock industry.

Sioux City evolved from a small settlement into a flourishing urban area. In 1892 a devastating flood was caused by the Floyd River. More than three thousand people became homeless. During Word War II the United States Army established the prominent Sioux City Army Air Base.

Attractions

  • The Sergeant Floyd Monument was created in tribute to the sergeant who died during the Lewis and Clark Expedition
  • War Eagle Park features a notable sculpture of the Yankton Sioux Indian Chief Wambdi Okicize. The park overlooks the convergence of the Big Sioux and Missouri rivers
  • Riverside Park includes the Sioux City Boat Club and the Sioux City Community Theater
  • Sergeant Floyd Riverboat Museum
  • Southern Hills Mall is popular with shoppers
  • Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center
  • Sioux City Public Museum showcases Indian, pioneer, Sioux City history as well as natural history exhibits
  • The Sioux City Arts Center
  • South Bottoms Memorial
  • Woodbury County Courthouse
  • Historic Fourth Street features antique and unique shops, pubs and numerous restaurants
  • Pierce Mansion
  • Prospect Hill
  • Mid-America Air Museum
  • Lakeport Commons is a popular shopping area

Entertainment

  • Tyson Events Center/Gateway Arena features sporting events, concerts and a variety of events
  • Orpheum Theatre offers well known performers and Broadway shows
  • Art Splash is a very popular event
  • Lamb Productions Theatre
  • Sioux City Symphony Orchestra
  • Sioux City Community Theatre
  • Shakespeare in the Park
  • Sioux City Musketeers Hockey team plays in the United States Hockey League
  • Sioux City Bandits football team plays in the National Indoor Football League
  • Municipal Banshell in Grandview Park, during the summer provides residents and visitors entertaining municipal band concerts
  • Atokad Horse Racing
  • Argosy Casino
  • River-Cade Festival

Activities

Stone State Park is popular for picnicking, hiking and mountain biking. Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center is located in Stone State Park and features a notable butterfly garden, wild turkeys as well as white-tail deer. The Sioux City area is known for its opportunities for hunting pheasant, wild turkey, deer, quail, duck and geese.

The nearby lakes and rivers are popular fishing locations for catfish, largemouth bass, carp, walleye, bluegill, bullheads and northern pike. The large rose garden located near the Municipal Bandshell in Grandview Park is popular for a variety of events. Bacon Creek Park provides opportunities for fishing and canoeing.

Chris Larsen Park, also known as the Riverfront, serves as the launching center for the riverboat casino. The city is home to a large number of golf courses and extensive recreational trails. Ice skating is popular at the IBP Ice Center. Residents enjoy activities at the numerous parks including Indian Hills, Cecilia, Chuataugua and Willie Joe parks.

Higher Education

Morningside College, St. Luke's College, Briar Cliff University and Western Iowa Tech Community College are located in Sioux City.

Demographics

People

Total Population82,666
Male Share of the Population49.4%
Female Share of the Population50.6%
Senior Citizens13.2%
Employed Population 16+41,133
Age of the Population34

Families

% of people married45.7%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher20.9%
Median Earnings25+$31,223
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$26,321
Median Earnings With High School Degree$26,320

Wealth

Median Family Income$55,427
% Above Poverty Level85%
% Below Poverty Level15%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time17 minutes
% Working from Home3.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.9%
% Using Public Transportation1.2%

Housing

People Living Alone29.1%
Median Gross Rent$689
Median House Value$98,700

Ancestry

German30.6%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)28.3%
Irish13.5%
English7%
Norwegian5.6%
Dutch4%
Swedish3.7%
French Except Basque3.5%
Danishn2.3%
Italian1.7%
Polish1.6%
Canadian1%
African0.9%
Scottish0.8%
Czech0.8%
Russian0.6%
Arab0.5%
Welsh0.4%
Lebanese0.4%
Luxemburger0.3%
Greek0.2%
Syrian0.2%
Swiss0.1%
Jamaican0.1%
West Indian0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Senegalese0.1%
Somali0.1%
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Sioux City Almanac

CategoryValue
County Woodbury County
Standard Zip Codes51101, 51103, 51104, 51105, 51106, 51108, 51109, 51111
P.O. Box Zip Codes51102
Phone Area Codes712
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude42.5
Approximate Longitude-96.39

Sioux City Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationSIOUX CITY AP
Distance9 miles
Jan Temp9 to 29 F
Apr Temp37 to 62 F
Jul Temp63 to 86 F
Oct Temp38 to 64 F
Annual Precip25.9 inches
StationWALTHILL
Distance25.3 miles
Jan Temp10 to 31 F
Apr Temp37 to 64 F
Jul Temp63 to 88 F
Oct Temp39 to 66 F
Annual Precip28.8 inches
StationVERMILLION 2 SE
Distance31.2 miles
Jan Temp8 to 30 F
Apr Temp37 to 64 F
Jul Temp63 to 89 F
Oct Temp39 to 67 F
Annual Precip25.3 inches

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LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Bronson310$74,464
Hinton809$74,500
Lawton900$82,344
Merrill829$58,125
Salix402$65,833
Sergeant Bluff4,399$74,107

Sioux City Public Libraries

Sioux City Public Library
529 PIERCE ST
Sioux City, Iowa
(712) 255-2933

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Sioux City Hospitals

St. Lukes's Regional Medical Center
(Non-profit)
2720 Stone Park Boulevard
(712) 279-3201
Marian Health Center
(Non-profit)
801 5th Street - Box 316b
(712) 279-2010

Sioux City Public Schools

Crescent Park Elementary School
1114 W 27th St
ZIP: 51103
(712) 279-6825
Primary
Total Enrollment 215
Emerson Elementary School
2410 W 1st St
ZIP: 51103
(712) 279-6826
Liberty Elementary School
1623 Rebecca Street
ZIP: 51103
(712) 279-6845
Primary
Total Enrollment 778
Loess Hills Elementary
1717 Casselman Street
ZIP: 51103
(712) 279-6667
Primary
Total Enrollment 550
Roosevelt Elementary School
2015 W 6th St
ZIP: 51103
(712) 279-6843
West High School
2001 Casselman
ZIP: 51103
(712) 279-6772
High
Total Enrollment 1182
West Middle School
3301 W 19th St
ZIP: 51103
(712) 279-6813
Middle
Total Enrollment 920
Bryant Elementary School
821 30th St
ZIP: 51104
(712) 279-6819
Primary
Total Enrollment 473
Clark Elementary School
4315 Hamilton Blvd.
ZIP: 51104
(712) 239-7030
Primary
Total Enrollment 317
Hunt Elementary School
615 20th St
ZIP: 51104
(712) 279-6833
Primary
Total Enrollment 327
Lincoln Elementary School
115 Midvale Ave
ZIP: 51104
(712) 279-6836
Primary
Total Enrollment 285
North High School
4200 Cheyenne
ZIP: 51104
(712) 239-7000
High
Total Enrollment 1408
Irving Elementary School
901 Floyd Blvd
ZIP: 51105
(712) 279-6834
Primary
Total Enrollment 756
Irving Preschool
710 Iowa St
ZIP: 51105
(712) 293-0436
Primary
Total Enrollment 28
Unity Elementary School
1901 Unity Avenue
ZIP: 51105
(712) 279-6839
Primary
Total Enrollment 550
East High School
5011 Mayhew Ave
ZIP: 51106
(712) 274-4000
High
Total Enrollment 1369
East Middle School
5401 Lorraine Ave
ZIP: 51106
(712) 274-4030
Middle
Total Enrollment 1002
Nodland Elementary School
5000 Mayhew Ave
ZIP: 51106
(712) 274-4044
Primary
Total Enrollment 247
Spalding Park Elementary
4101 Stone Avenue
ZIP: 51106
(712) 274-4043
Primary
Total Enrollment 633
Sunnyside Elementary School
2700 S Maple St
ZIP: 51106
(712) 274-4047
Primary
Total Enrollment 238
Washington Elementary School
1800 Sioux Trail
ZIP: 51106
(712) 274-4048
Primary
Total Enrollment 332
Whittier Elementary School
4820 4th Ave
ZIP: 51106
(712) 274-4050
Primary
Total Enrollment 336
Leeds Elementary School
3919 Jefferson St
ZIP: 51108
(712) 239-7034
Primary
Total Enrollment 668
North Middle School
2101 Outer Dr N
ZIP: 51108
(712) 279-6804
Middle
Total Enrollment 1031
Riverside Elementary School
2303 Riverside Blvd
ZIP: 51109
(712) 279-6811
Primary
Total Enrollment 304

Sioux City Private Schools

St Pauls Lutheran School
614 Jennings St
ZIP: 51101
Elementary
Total Enrollment 37
Sacred Heart School
5010 Military Rd
ZIP: 51103
Elementary
Total Enrollment 322
Aspenwood Christian School
3636 Aspenwood St
ZIP: 51104
Elementary
Total Enrollment 5
Boys & Girls Home Family Services
2101 Court St
ZIP: 51104
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 91
Holy Cross School/blessed Sacrament School
3030 Jackson St
ZIP: 51104
Elementary
Total Enrollment 267
Bishop Heelan Catholic High School
1021 Douglas St
ZIP: 51105
Secondary
Total Enrollment 531
Mater Dei School
3719 Ridge Ave
ZIP: 51106
Elementary
Total Enrollment 211
Mater Dei School Nativity Center
4243 Natalia Way
ZIP: 51106
Elementary
Total Enrollment 130
Peacemakers Academy
6000 E Gordon Dr
ZIP: 51106
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 44
Siouxland Community Christian School
6100 Morningside Ave
ZIP: 51106
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 135
Holy Cross School-st Michael Center
4105 Harrison St
ZIP: 51108
Elementary
Total Enrollment 115
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