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South Sioux City
Heading south on Dakota Avenue approaching Riverview Drive.
Heading south on Dakota Avenue approaching Riverview Drive.
Location of South Sioux City within Nebraska and Dakota County
Location of South Sioux City within Nebraska and Dakota County
Coordinates: 42°28′16″N 96°24′53″W / 42.47111°N 96.41472°W / 42.47111; -96.41472Coordinates: 42°28′16″N 96°24′53″W / 42.47111°N 96.41472°W / 42.47111; -96.41472
Country United States
State Nebraska
County Dakota
Incorporated 1887
 • Total 5.96 sq mi (15.44 km2)
 • Land 5.71 sq mi (14.79 km2)
 • Water 0.25 sq mi (0.65 km2)
1,102 ft (336 m)
 • Total 13,353
 • Estimate 
 • Density 2,243.25/sq mi (866.06/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 402
FIPS code 31-46030
GNIS feature ID 0833621

South Sioux City is a city in Dakota County, Nebraska, United States. It is located immediately across the Missouri River from Sioux City, Iowa, and is part of the Sioux City, IA-NE-SD Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 13,353, making it the 14th largest city in Nebraska.


Meriwether Lewis and William Clark passed through the South Sioux City area in 1804.

European settlement on the Nebraska side of the river began as early as 1854. Several town sites were platted and incorporated in the 1850s. Pacific City, incorporated in 1858, was a short-lived settlement. Covington and South Covington, both incorporated in 1857, merged in 1870. Another town, Stanton, was founded in 1856.

South Sioux City was incorporated in 1887. A special election in 1893 approved the merger of Covington and Stanton into the city of South Sioux City.


South Sioux City is located at 42°28′16″N 96°24′53″W / 42.47111°N 96.41472°W / 42.47111; -96.41472 (42.471095, -96.414732).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.96 square miles (15.44 km2), of which, 5.71 square miles (14.79 km2) is land and 0.25 square miles (0.65 km2) is water.

In contrast to its hilly larger neighbor, South Sioux City is relatively flat. The difference in elevation across most of the city is less than 20 feet, generally ranging between 1,085 and 1,105 feet above sea level.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 603
1900 889 47.4%
1910 1,196 34.5%
1920 2,402 100.8%
1930 3,927 63.5%
1940 4,556 16.0%
1950 5,557 22.0%
1960 7,200 29.6%
1970 7,920 10.0%
1980 9,339 17.9%
1990 9,677 3.6%
2000 11,925 23.2%
2010 13,353 12.0%
2019 (est.) 12,809 −4.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 13,353 people, 4,512 households, and 3,139 families living in the city. The population density was 2,338.5 inhabitants per square mile (902.9/km2). There were 4,739 housing units at an average density of 829.9 per square mile (320.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 62.7% White, 4.7% African American, 3.0% Native American, 2.9% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 23.8% from other races, and 2.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 45.3% of the population.

There were 4,512 households, of which 42.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.5% were married couples living together, 14.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 7.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 30.4% were non-families. 25.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.93 and the average family size was 3.51.

The median age in the city was 30.5 years. 31.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 10.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.1% were from 25 to 44; 21.8% were from 45 to 64; and 10.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.6% male and 50.4% female.

Arts and culture

  • The Annual Art Show is held in April and features artists from across the United States.
  • Horse racing was held for 58 years at Atokad Downs.



Several highways serve South Sioux City:

  • Interstate 129 is a short east–west spur beginning at Interstate 29 in Sioux City. It enters South Sioux City via a bridge over the Missouri River, and crosses the southern end of South Sioux City with interchanges at Dakota Avenue (the city's main street) and U.S. Route 77. Interstate 129 overlaps U.S. routes 20 and 75.
South Sioux City, Nebraska Veterans Bridge from DS 2
Siouxland Veterans Memorial Bridge
  • U.S. Route 77 is a north–south highway whose northern terminus is at Interstate 29 in Sioux City. From there, it enters South Sioux City via the Siouxland Veterans Memorial Bridge, follows Dakota Avenue to 9th Street, then arcs west and south as a four-lane bypass around the city. In 1989, a large strip mall anchored by Wal-Mart and Hy-Vee opened along the bypass and effectively shifted the city's primary retail district from Dakota Avenue, in the center of town, to the western edge of the city.

Public transit

Local bus service to South Sioux City is provided by the Sioux City Transit System.


The nearest commercial airport is Sioux Gateway Airport/Colonel Bud Day Field (SUX) in Sioux City. A smaller general-aviation airport, Martin Field (7K8), is located just west of South Sioux City along U.S. Route 20.

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