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Sioux County Courthouse
Location within the U.S. state of Iowa
Iowa's location within the U.S.
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|Named for||Sioux people|
|Largest city||Sioux Center|
|• Total||769 sq mi (1,990 km2)|
|• Land||768 sq mi (1,990 km2)|
|• Water||0.7 sq mi (2 km2) 0.09%|
|• Density||46.648/sq mi (18.011/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−6 (Central)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−5 (CDT)|
Sioux County was formed on January 15, 1851. It has been self-governed since January 20, 1860. It was named after the Sioux tribe.
The first county seat was Calliope in 1860, then a small village with 15 inhabitants, and now part of Hawarden. The first courthouse was built here in 1860 and served as such until 1872. A larger immigration wave began in 1869, primarily of Dutch. In 1872, Orange City was declared the seat. In June 1902, the construction began on a new Sioux County courthouse designed by W.W. Beach. Of red sandstone, it was completed in 1904, and still serves as the courthouse. From 1976 until 1982 the building was completely restored, and in 1977, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 769 square miles (1,990 km2), of which 768 square miles (1,990 km2) is land and 0.7 square miles (1.8 km2) (0.09%) is water.
Western Sioux County drains to the south west to the Rock River or the Big Sioux River. Eastern Sioux County drains to the south east to the Floyd River.
- U.S. Highway 18
- U.S. Highway 75
- Iowa Highway 10
- Iowa Highway 12
- Iowa Highway 60
- Lyon County (north)
- O'Brien County (east)
- Plymouth County (south)
- Union County, South Dakota (southwest)
- Lincoln County, South Dakota (northwest)
|U.S. Decennial Census
The 2020 census recorded a population of 35,872 in the county, with a population density of 46.6875/sq mi (18.0261/km2). 93.74% of the population reported being of one race. 72.01% were non-Hispanic White, 0.54% were Black, 13.70% were Hispanic, 0.61% were Native American, 0.62% were Asian, 0.01% were Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander and 12.50% were some other race or more than one race. There were 13,000 housing units, of which 12,202 were occupied.
The 2010 census recorded a population of 33,704 in the county, with a population density of 43.8923/sq mi (16.9469/km2). There were 12,279 housing units, of which 11,584 were occupied.
As of 2011[update], 80% of the county residents belong to major denominational churches, compared to 36% of the total U.S. population.
The population ranking of the following table is based on the 2010 census of Sioux County.
† county seat
|Rank||City/Town/etc.||Municipal type||Population (2010 Census)|
|2||† Orange City||City||6,004|
|3||Sheldon (partially in O' Brien)||City||5,188|
- Vern Den Herder, member of the undefeated Miami Dolphins NFL team of 1972.
- Hope Emerson, American actress.
- Stanley L. Greigg, member of the U.S. House of Representatives.
- Brian Hansen, former NFL punter.
- Charles B. Hoeven, U.S. Representative.
- Millie Jeffrey, pioneer for workers', civil and women's rights.
- James Kennedy, American historian.
- Stephen A. Mitchell (Democratic activist)
- Nancy Metcalf, professional volleyball player
- Albert J. Meyer (economist).
- Dennis Marion Schnurr, Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati
- Robert H. Schuller, American televangelist, pastor, and author.
- Ruth Suckow, American author.
- Melvin D. Synhorst, former Iowa Secretary of State.
- Delwin Vriend, LGBT rights icon.
- Anna Johnson Pell Wheeler, American mathematician.
- Dennis A. Muilenburg, CEO of Boeing
Sioux County is the home to two four-year liberal arts colleges; Northwestern College in Orange City and Dordt College in Sioux Center. Both of these schools have enrollments over 1,000. Northwest Iowa Community College is also in Sioux County, though it is most often associated with the community of Sheldon in O'Brien County.
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