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.


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.


  • 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


  • 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


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.


Total Population 82,792
Male Share of the Population 49.2%
Female Share of the Population 50.8%
Senior Citizens 13.3%
Employed Population 16+ 40,816
Age of the Population 34


% of people married 45.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 20.3%
Median Earnings25+ $30,054
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $23,979
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,656


Median Family Income $54,058
% Above Poverty Level 84.3%
% Below Poverty Level 15.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 17 minutes
% Working from Home 3.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.6%
% Using Public Transportation 1.1%


People Living Alone 29.7%
Median Gross Rent $680
Median House Value $95,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 28.7%
US/American 0%
English 7.2%
Irish 14%

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

Sioux City Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 90 miles N of Omaha, Nebraska
County Woodbury
Metro Area Sioux City
Standard Zip Codes 51101, 51103, 51104, 51105, 51106, 51108, 51109, 51111
P.O. Box Zip Codes 51102
Phone Area Codes 712
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.511
Longitude -96.411

Sioux City Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 9 miles
Jan Temp 9 to 29 F
Apr Temp 37 to 62 F
Jul Temp 63 to 86 F
Oct Temp 38 to 64 F
Annual Precip 25.9 inches
Distance 25.3 miles
Jan Temp 10 to 31 F
Apr Temp 37 to 64 F
Jul Temp 63 to 88 F
Oct Temp 39 to 66 F
Annual Precip 28.8 inches
Distance 31.2 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 30 F
Apr Temp 37 to 64 F
Jul Temp 63 to 89 F
Oct Temp 39 to 67 F
Annual Precip 25.3 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

James (51108)

Wickham Spur (51101)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bronson 339 $81,000
Hinton 864 $75,208
Lawton 851 $79,821

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

Sioux City Public Libraries

Sioux City Public Library
Sioux City, Iowa
(712) 255-2933
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Sioux City Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(712) 279-3500
Emergency Service: Yes

(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
801 5TH ST BOX #316B
(712) 279-2010
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 20.2

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Student/teacher ratio: 18.3

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Student/teacher ratio: 19.3

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Serves 357 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17

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