Sioux Rapids, Iowa

Sioux Rapids, Iowa
Sioux Rapids, Iowa
—  City  —
Location of Sioux Rapids, Iowa
Coordinates: 42°53′34″N 95°8′50″W / 42.89278°N 95.14722°W / 42.89278; -95.14722Coordinates: 42°53′34″N 95°8′50″W / 42.89278°N 95.14722°W / 42.89278; -95.14722
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Buena Vista
 – Total 0.8 sq mi (2.1 km2)
 – Land 0.8 sq mi (2.1 km2)
 – Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 1,260 ft (384 m)
Population (2000)
 – Total 720
 – Density 877.0/sq mi (338.6/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 – Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 50585
Area code(s) 712
FIPS code 19-73425
GNIS feature ID 0461655

Sioux Rapids is a city in Buena Vista County, Iowa, United States. The population was 720 at the 2000 census.



Sioux Rapids is located at 42°53′34″N 95°8′50″W / 42.89278°N 95.14722°W / 42.89278; -95.14722 (42.892762, -95.147095)[1]. It is located on the Little Sioux River.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.1 km2), all of it land.

Gustafson Lake, as well as Gabrielson Park, are located south of the town.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 720 people, 306 households, and 201 families residing in the city. The population density was 877.0 people per square mile (339.0/km²). There were 338 housing units at an average density of 411.7 per square mile (159.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.75% White, 0.14% Asian, 0.28% from other races, and 0.83% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.39% of the population.

There were 306 households out of which 27.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.6% were married couples living together, 9.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.0% were non-families. 31.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.84.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.9% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 22.5% from 25 to 44, 21.9% from 45 to 64, and 23.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 94.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $33,250, and the median income for a family was $40,417. Males had a median income of $35,000 versus $18,929 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,759. About 5.8% of families and 6.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.4% of those under age 18 and 4.6% of those age 65 or over.

Arts and culture

Sioux Rapids hosts its "Tall Corn Days" festival every year near the end of July. In the past, this has included a parade, street dance, sweet corn feed, a 5k run/walk, and various sports tournaments.

The town is home to several churches, including Catholic, Lutheran, Baptist, and Methodist denominations.

Sioux Rapids also has an historical museum, a swimming pool, an American Legion Post, a community center, and various local businesses.


Sioux Central, a K-12 school, is located just south of Sioux Rapids on Highway 71. Before the consolidation, Sioux Rapids had its own school near the center of the town.


Highway 71 (together with Highway 10) run north-south through Sioux Rapids, with Spencer situated approximately 18 miles north on 71 and Storm Lake approximately 20 miles south. Sioux Rapids is also about 45 minutes south of Okoboji.

Notable people


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