Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Minnehaha County Lincoln County


Sioux Falls, with 159 908 inhabitants ( as of 2012) the largest city of the U.S. state of South Dakota. Sioux Falls is the county seat of Minnehaha County, and extends in its southern part up in the Lincoln County.


Sioux Falls is located in eastern South Dakota to the Falls of the Big Sioux River, a left tributary of the Missouri. The geographical coordinates of Sioux Falls are 43 ° 32 'N, 96 ° 44' W43.536388888889 - 96.731666666667. The city covers an area of ​​190.29 km ², spread over 188.97 km ² land and 1.32 km ² water surface.


The city was founded in 1856 on the banks of the river and was one of the first urban developments in South Dakota. Founders were land speculators who took the country to claim before prospectors and railroad workers reached the area. 1990 went Sioux Falls and Potsdam twinned one. This is the oldest city partnership between an American municipality and a city in the former East Germany.


Along the northern edge runs in an east -west Interstate 90 through the west of the urban area extends Interstate 29, which is the shortest route from Kansas City, Missouri to Winnipeg in the Canadian province of Manitoba. Through the eastern district Interstate 229 runs, the eastern ring road of the center of Sioux Falls. Furthermore, meet in Stadtgebietz of the Sioux Falls South Dakota Highways 11, 42 and 115 together. All other roads within the city are subordinate roads, some unpaved roadways and urban roads.

In Sioux Falls several routes of various rail companies come together.

In the north of the urban area is the Sioux Falls Regional Airport. The nearest international airports are near Omaha Eppley Airfield (292 km south), the Minneapolis -Saint Paul International Airport ( 375 km east-northeast ) and the Des Moines International Airport ( 465 km southeast).

Demographic data

According to the census in 2010 lived in Sioux Falls 153 888 people in 61,707 households. The population density was 814.4 inhabitants per square kilometer. In the 61,707 households lived statistically 2.4 persons each.

The racial the population was composed of 86.8 percent white, 4.2 percent African American, 2.7 percent Native American, 1.8 percent Asian, 0.1 percent and 2.0 percent Polynesians from other ethnic groups; 2.5 percent were descended from two or more races. Regardless of ethnicity were 4.4 percent of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

24.6 percent of the population were under 18 years old, 64.5 percent were between 18 and 64 and 10.9 percent were 65 years or older. 50.4 percent of the population was female.

The median annual income for a household was $ 51,831. The per capita income was $ 27,997. 11.1 percent of the population lived below the poverty line.

Memorable people


  • Falls Park
  • Washington Pavilion
  • Great Bear Recreation Park
  • Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum


In Sioux Falls a basketball team is settled: the Sioux Falls Skyforce. The team plays since 2006 in the NBA Development League, a league structure of the NBA. Prior to the team in the Continental Basketball Association stepped up to where they could win two CBA championships (1996 and 2005).

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