Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Sioux Falls: The largest city in South Dakota. It is located on the Big Sioux River in southeastern South Dakota. Sioux Falls is known for its many parks and green spaces, its many historical sites, and its many attractions, such as the Washington Pavilion and the Sioux Empire Zoo.


Sioux Falls is a city located in the county of Minnehaha in the U.S. state of South Dakota. Its population at the 2010 census was 132,793 and a population density of 675 people per km². After 10 years in 2020 city had an estimated population of 157,584 inhabitants.

The city was created 168 years ago in 1855.

Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. state of South Dakota with a population of around 157,000 residents in the metro area. It is located along the Big Sioux River in the southeastern part of the state near the borders with Iowa and Minnesota.


The area was inhabited by Native American tribes like the Dakota and Lakota before European settlers arrived in the mid-19th century. The first permanent settlement was established in 1856 and named after the waterfalls on the Big Sioux River.

Sioux Falls grew quickly during the late 1800s and early 1900s as the railroads expanded across the region. It became a center for agricultural processing and meatpacking.

Modern Economy and Attractions

Today, some of the major features of Sioux Falls include:

  • Large healthcare systems like Sanford Health and Avera Health
  • Food manufacturing like the Citibank processing plant
  • The Empire Mall, the largest shopping center in the region
  • The Falls Park and Recreation Area along the Big Sioux River
  • Augustana University and The University of Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls provides amenities like museums, concerts, dining, and shopping while maintaining a friendly Midwest feel. The diversified economy makes it the economic hub of South Dakota.

Sioux Falls leveraged its location along the Big Sioux River to grow from frontier settlement to become the largest, most prosperous city in South Dakota. It's a regional economic center with a vibrant downtown and outdoor recreation.

Sioux Falls locator map
Location of Sioux Falls on South Dakota map.

Quick Facts about Sioux Falls

Population : 157,584 (2020)
Country : United States of America
State : South Dakota (United States)
County : Minnehaha County
Postal code : 57103, 57107, 57197, 57108, 57106, 57104, 57110, 57105
Phone Area Codes : 605
Area : 196.63 km2
Named for : Sioux
Altitude : 1,470 feet / 448 meters
Capital city : Sioux Falls is capital of Minnehaha County
Establishment : January 01, 1856 (168 years ago)
Time Zone : UTC−06:00
Local time : 09:38:29 (2nd March 2024)
Density : 801 Pop. per km² as of 2020
Population growth : 15.73% (2010-2020)
Downtown Sioux Falls 61 image
Downtown Sioux Falls 61
Downtown Sioux Falls 61 image


Sioux Falls is located at 43°32'60"N 96°42'1"W (43.5499700, -96.7003300).

Sioux Falls map


The population of Sioux Falls increased by 15.73% in 10 years.

Year Population % Change Method
1880 2,164 - census
1890 10,177 78.74% census
1900 10,266 0.87% census
1910 14,094 27.16% census
1920 25,202 44.08% census
1930 33,362 24.46% census
1940 40,832 18.29% census
1950 52,969 22.91% census
1960 65,466 19.09% census
1970 72,488 9.69% census
1980 81,182 10.71% census
1990 100,814 19.47% census
2000 123,975 18.68% census
2010 132,793 6.64% census
2011 134,444 1.23% estimation process
2012 137,088 1.93% estimation process
2013 139,900 2.01% estimation process
2014 142,543 1.85% estimation process
2015 145,063 1.74% estimation process
2016 147,572 1.7% estimation process
2017 150,599 2.01% estimation process
2018 152,276 1.1% estimation process
2019 154,409 1.38% estimation process
2020 157,584 2.01% estimation process

Sioux Falls zip code is 57103. County name: Minnehaha, County fips: 46099

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People born in Sioux Falls (116)

People born in Sioux Falls, including politician William John Bulow, actress January Jones, composer George Botsford, .


  • Jon Sundvold (American basketball player) he was born in 02/07/1961
  • Michael E. Fossum (American astronaut) he was born in 19/12/1957
  • Joe Foss (United States Marine Corps Medal of Honor recipient (1915-2003)) he was born in 17/04/1915
  • Dallas Clark (American football player, tight end) he was born in 12/06/1979
  • Christopher Cain (American film director) he was born in 29/10/1943
  • Paul Fitzgibbon (American football player (1903-1975)) he was born in 21/03/1903
  • Bob Stewart (American musician) he was born in 03/02/1945
  • Tim Johnson (United States Senator from South Dakota) he was born in 28/12/1946
  • Thomas Gullickson (Catholic bishop) he was born in 14/08/1950
  • Joseph P. Farrell (American Alternative Historian, Generalist.) he was born in 01/01/1955
  • George Barnes Grigsby (American politician) he was born in 02/12/1874
  • Patrick Billingsley (American mathematician, educator, and stage and film actor (1925-2011)) he was born in 03/05/1925
  • Jerry verDorn (actor) he was born in 23/11/1949
  • John S. Detlie (American artist) he was born in 23/12/1908
  • William Dougherty (Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota (1932-2010)) he was born in 06/04/1932
  • Keith Olsen (American record producer and sound engineer) he was born in 12/05/1945
  • Brian Cummings (voice actor) he was born in 04/03/1948
  • Jason Brandt (American film producer) he was born in 30/12/1973

Schools in Sioux Falls

College & universities near Sioux Falls, SD

Code Name City ZIP
219170 Avera McKennan Hospital School of Radiologic Technology Sioux Falls (SD) 57117-5045
219000 Augustana University Sioux Falls (SD) 57197-0001
219240 Sioux Falls Seminary Sioux Falls (SD) 57105
219383 University of Sioux Falls Sioux Falls (SD) 57105-1699
219392 Sanford Medical Center Sioux Falls (SD) 57117-5039

Post offices near Sioux Falls

Post Office Name City ZIP
Sioux Fall Post Office Sioux Falls (SD) 57104
Meadows Postal Stor Post Office Sioux Falls (SD) 57106
Southwest Carrier Annex Post Office Sioux Falls (SD) 57106
Brandon Post Office Brandon (SD) 57005
Harrisburg Post Office Harrisburg (SD) 57032

Other cities in Minnehaha County

Cities, towns, neighborhoods & other populated places in Minnehaha County , SD.

City Name Population Title
Brandon 10,168 City in South Dakota, United States of America
Crooks 1,341 City in South Dakota, United States of America
Baltic 1,201 City in Minnehaha County, South Dakota, United States
Garretson 1,147 City in South Dakota, United States of America
Hartford 701 City in Minnehaha County, South Dakota, United States
Colton 672 City in South Dakota, United States of America
Lyons 618 Unincorporated community in South Dakota, United States of America
Dell Rapids 553 City in South Dakota, United States of America
Valley Springs 370 Township in Minnehaha County, South Dakota
Humboldt 342 Town in South Dakota, United States of America
Sherman 82 Town in South Dakota, United States of America

Distance to Other Cities

Sioux Falls distances to largest South Dakota cities