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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population167,884
Male Share of the Population49.9%
Female Share of the Population50.1%
Senior Citizens11.9%
Employed Population 16+91,668
Age of the Population34

Families

% of people married48.3%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher33.4%
Median Earnings25+$35,567
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$26,095
Median Earnings With High School Degree$29,413

Wealth

Median Family Income$71,068
% Above Poverty Level88.3%
% Below Poverty Level11.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time17 minutes
% Working from Home2.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.5%
% Using Public Transportation0.9%

Housing

People Living Alone31.6%
Median Gross Rent$749
Median House Value$161,500

Ancestry

German36.2%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)16.9%
Norwegian16.6%
Irish10.6%
Dutch6%
English5%
Swedish3.4%
African2.5%
French Except Basque2.3%
Polish1.8%
Danishn1.6%
Italian1.4%
Czech1.2%
Scottish1.1%
Russian0.8%
Ethiopian0.8%
Swiss0.5%
Welsh0.4%
Ukrainian0.3%
Canadian0.3%
Finnish0.3%
Belgian0.3%
Arab0.3%
Sudanese0.2%
Liberian0.2%
Hungarian0.2%
Greek0.2%
Croatian0.2%
Lebanese0.1%
Iraqi0.1%
West Indian0.1%
Afghan)0.1%
Syrian0.1%
Somali0.1%
Luxemburger0.1%
Serbian0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Austrian0.1%
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Sioux Falls Almanac

CategoryValue
County Minnehaha County, Lincoln County
Standard Zip Codes57103, 57104, 57105, 57106, 57108, 57110, 57107
P.O. Box Zip Codes57101, 57109, 57117, 57118
Company Zip Codes57186, 57193, 57197, 57198
Phone Area Codes605
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude43.54
Approximate Longitude-96.73

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)

StationSIOUX FALLS AP
Distance2.9 miles
Jan Temp3 to 25 F
Apr Temp33 to 59 F
Jul Temp60 to 86 F
Oct Temp35 to 61 F
Annual Precip24.6 inches
StationROCK RAPIDS
Distance28.2 miles
Jan Temp3 to 24 F
Apr Temp34 to 58 F
Jul Temp61 to 85 F
Oct Temp35 to 61 F
Annual Precip27.4 inches
StationWENTWORTH 2 WNW
Distance34.9 miles
Jan Temp3 to 24 F
Apr Temp35 to 59 F
Jul Temp61 to 84 F
Oct Temp37 to 60 F
Annual Precip24.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Brandon9,674$87,139
Crooks1,380$90,703
Harrisburg5,129$79,534
Hartford2,980$73,833
Tea4,628$80,321
Valley Springs714$68,750

Sioux Falls Public Libraries

Siouxland Libraries
200 NORTH DAKOTA AVE
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
(605) 367-8713

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Sioux Falls Hospitals

Avera Heart Hospital Of South Dakota
(Proprietary)
4500 West 69th Street
(605) 977-7000
Select Specialty Hospital
(Proprietary)
800 East 21st Street
(605) 322-3300
Avera Mckennan Hospital
(Non-profit)
800 East 21st Street
(605) 322-7808
Childrens Care Hospital
(Non-profit)
2501 West 26th Street
(605) 782-2300
Sioux Falls Veterans Affairs Medical Center
(Government - Federal)
2501 West 22nd Street
(605) 336-3230
Avera Behavioral Health Center
(Proprietary)
4400 West 69th Street
(605) 322-4065
Twelve-step Living Corporation - Tallgrass Recovery Center
(Proprietary)
27048 South Tallgrass Avenue
(605) 368-5559
Sanford University Of South Dakota Medical Center
(Proprietary)
1305 West 18th Street
(605) 333-1000

Sioux Falls Public Schools

Explorer Elementary - 04
4010 West 82nd St
(605) 743-2567
Primary
Total Enrollment 530
Summit Oaks-residential
621 East Presentation Ave
(605) 367-4385
Other
Total Enrollment 36
Joe Foss Alternative School - 22
1200 East 3rd St
(605) 367-4285
Other
Total Enrollment 377
Axtell Park Middle School - 05
201 North West Ave
(605) 367-7647
Middle
Total Enrollment 682
Terry Redlin Elementary - 11
1721 East Austin St
(605) 367-6140
Primary
Total Enrollment 539
Cleveland Elementary - 14
1000 South Edward Dr
(605) 367-6150
Primary
Total Enrollment 576
Edison Middle School - 06
2101 South West Ave
(605) 367-7643
Middle
Total Enrollment 796
Garfield Elementary - 19
2421 West 15th St
(605) 367-6180
Primary
Total Enrollment 423
Hayward Elementary - 38
400 North Valley View Rd
(605) 367-4590
Primary
Total Enrollment 696
Jefferson Elementary - 24
1610 South Lake Ave
(605) 367-4530
Primary
Total Enrollment 262
Lincoln High School - 02
2900 South Cliff Ave
(605) 367-7990
High
Total Enrollment 1966
Longfellow Elementary - 27
1116 South 4th Ave
(605) 367-4550
Primary
Total Enrollment 275
Lowell Elementary - 28
710 West 18th St
(605) 367-8378
Primary
Total Enrollment 476
Memorial Middle School - 04
1401 South Sertoma
(605) 362-2785
Middle
Total Enrollment 1045
Voa - Prtf - 63
1401 West 51st St
(605) 334-1414
Other
Total Enrollment 8
Voa - New Start - 72
1401 West 51st St
(605) 334-1414
Other
Total Enrollment 7
Structured Teaching - 12
201 East 38th St
(605) 367-4385
Other
Total Enrollment 11
Bridges At Horceman - 52
1401 East 26th St
(605) 367-6190
Primary
Total Enrollment 22
Flex - 45
201 East 38th St
(605) 367-4385
Other
Total Enrollment 16
All City Elementary - 50
2511 West Brookings St
(605) 367-6120
Primary
Total Enrollment 153
Elementary Immersion Center - 43
2511 West Brookings St
(605) 367-6120
Primary
Total Enrollment 100
Eugene Field Elementary - 16
501 South Highland Ave
(605) 367-6160
Primary
Total Enrollment 298
Harvey Dunn Elementary - 54
2400 South Bahnson Ave
(605) 371-4120
Primary
Total Enrollment 474
Horace Mann Elementary - 21
1401 East 26th St
(605) 367-6190
Primary
Total Enrollment 215
Laura B. Anderson Elementary - 10
1600 North Wayland Ave
(605) 367-6130
Primary
Total Enrollment 384
Laura Wilder Elementary - 31
2300 South Lyndale Ave
(605) 367-4570
Primary
Total Enrollment 384
Mark Twain Elementary - 29
315 West 27th St
(605) 367-4560
Primary
Total Enrollment 257
Patrick Henry Middle School - 07
2200 South 5th Ave
(605) 367-7639
Middle
Total Enrollment 1080
Robert Frost Elementary - 18
3101 South 4th Ave
(605) 367-6170
Primary
Total Enrollment 481
Summit Oaks-day
621 East Presentation Ave
(605) 367-4385
Other
Total Enrollment 9
Washington High School - 01
501 North Sycamore Ave
(605) 367-7970
High
Total Enrollment 2092
Whittier Middle School - 08
930 East 6th St
(605) 367-7620
Middle
Total Enrollment 929
Anne Sullivan Elementary - 20
3701 East 3rd St
(605) 367-6084
Primary
Total Enrollment 711
Bridges At Jefferson - 55
1610 South Lake Ave
(605) 367-4530
Primary
Total Enrollment 31
Oscar Howe Elementary - 58
2801 Valley View Rd
(605) 362-2752
Primary
Total Enrollment 634
Hawthorne Elementary - 56
601 North Spring Ave
(605) 367-4580
Primary
Total Enrollment 524
John F. Kennedy Elementary - 57
4501 South Holbrook
(605) 362-2784
Primary
Total Enrollment 612
Roosevelt High School - 03
6600 West 41st St
(605) 362-2860
High
Total Enrollment 2009
John Harris Elementary - 23
3501 East 49th St
(605) 371-4111
Primary
Total Enrollment 629
Middle School Immersion Center - 53
201 North West Ave
(605) 367-7647
Middle
Total Enrollment 46
Discovery Elementary - 26
1506 South Discovery Ave
(605) 362-3530
Primary
Total Enrollment 664
Rosa Parks Elementary - 15
5701 East Red Oak Dr
(605) 371-4170
Primary
Total Enrollment 601
Success Academy - 39
4304 Arway Dr
(605) 367-4793
Other
Total Enrollment 17
Community Campus - 41
2101 West 41st St
(605) 367-7900
High
Total Enrollment 28
Challenge Center - 51
2421 West 15th St
(605) 367-6180
Primary
Total Enrollment 150
Rf Pettigrew Elementary - 17
7900 West 53rd St
(605) 362-3560
Primary
Total Enrollment 694
Fred Assam Elementary - 06
7700 East Willowwood St
(605) 582-1500
Primary
Total Enrollment 362
High Impact/career Academy - 01
715 East 14th St
Other
Total Enrollment 39
Transition Advantage - 03
715 East 14th St
Other
Total Enrollment 21
New Technology Hs - 30
2205 North Career Ave
High
Total Enrollment 190
Cte - 37
4700 West Career Circle
High
Total Enrollment 17
Voa - Shelter Care - 62
908 North West Ave
(605) 367-7900
Other
Total Enrollment 27
Voa - Adol Treat - 73
1401 West 51st St
(605) 367-4293
Other
Total Enrollment 7
Journey Elementary - 05
6801 South Grange Ave
(605) 743-2567
Primary
Total Enrollment 410

Sioux Falls Private Schools

Christ The King School
1801 S Lake Ave
Elementary
Total Enrollment 111
Sioux Falls Christian Schools
6120 S Charger Cir
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 844
Central Baptist Preschool & Kindergarten
3100 W Ralph Rogers Rd
Elementary
Total Enrollment 15
Children's Home Society
801 N Sycamore Ave
Elementary
Total Enrollment 81
O'gorman High School
3201 S Kiwanis Ave
Secondary
Total Enrollment 749
Christian Center Elementary School
6300 W 41st St
Elementary
Total Enrollment 139
Holy Spirit School
4309 S Bahnson Ave
Elementary
Total Enrollment 356
Sioux Falls Adventist School
7100 E 26th St
Elementary
Total Enrollment 10
Education & Integration Services
500 E 54th St N
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 37
O'gorman Junior High School
3100 W 41st St
Secondary
Total Enrollment 356
Bethel Lutheran School
1801 S Valley View Rd
Elementary
Total Enrollment 20
St Michael School
1610 S Marion Rd
Elementary
Total Enrollment 265
Good Shepherd Lutheran
4800 S Southeastern Ave
Elementary
Total Enrollment 43
Sioux Falls Lutheran School
308 W 37th St
Elementary
Total Enrollment 137
St Mary School
2001 S 5th Ave
Elementary
Total Enrollment 288
Children's Care Hospital-school
2501 W 26th St
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 94
St Lambert Elementary School
1000 S Bahnson Ave
Elementary
Total Enrollment 205
St Katharine Drexel Elementary School
1800 S Katie Ave Ste 2
Elementary
Total Enrollment 86
The Baan Dek Montessori School
408 W Lotta St Ste 1
Elementary
Total Enrollment 3
Reach High Alt Ed
908 N West Ave
Secondary
Total Enrollment 33
Train Up A Child Preschool/kindergarten
4100 S Bahnson Ave
Elementary
Total Enrollment 12
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