According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the population of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, was 156,284 in 2010. The largest city in South Dakota, Sioux Falls considers itself the "Heart of America." The city is located on the banks of the Big Sioux River and enjoys easy access to Interstates 90 and 29. Residents love the area for its small-city style, impressive parks and family-friendly living, and those searching for Sioux Falls apartments for rent will be sure to fall in love with this American hidden gem.
Named for the Sioux tribe of Native Americans and the Big Sioux River, this city's pioneering history is hard to overlook. The river's waterfalls are located near the center of Sioux Falls' historic downtown, which is partially constructed from pink quartzite materials found within the region. During the mid-1850s, pioneering settlers came to the South Dakota area and set up homesteads and farms. Sioux Falls was incorporated as a village in 1876 and became a city in 1889. The population continued to grow by about 10,000 people each decade, and passed the mark of 100,000 residents in 1990.
Falls Park, the city's most well-known attraction, is located near the center of the city and features the famous falls of the Big Sioux River. Residents and visitors alike have enjoyed visiting this pleasant and semi-famous site since 1856. Even aside from Falls Park, Sioux Falls offers a variety of exquisitely planned park and recreation facilities. From Arrowhead Park and Leaders Park to the Nordic and Great Bear Ski Trails, residents find that a variety of outdoor activities are available throughout the Sioux Falls area.
Sioux Falls is a unique city in that its metro area residents live largely within the city itself, rather than working in the city while living in bedroom communities. As a matter of fact, an impressive 93.1 percent of residents live and work in Sioux Falls. This creates a lively and energized city vibe, as families are often seen pushing strollers through the park and young professionals gather at local coffee shops and bars. This dynamic city offers many residential opportunities, from downtown Sioux Falls rentals to winding subdivisions.
Sioux Falls is home to numerous colleges and universities: Southeast Technical Institute; Augustana College; University of Sioux Falls; Colorado Technical University; Stewart School; National American University, Sioux Falls; Sioux Falls Seminary; and Kilian Community College. Additionally, Sanford Medical Center and Avera McKennan Hospital School of Radiologic Technology enroll a small amount of medical professional students.
Sioux Falls offers various types of employment opportunities. According to the city's 2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the area are Sanford Health/Sioux Valley Hospital, Avera Health, John Morrell & Company, Wells Fargo and Citigroup. The city's Young Professionals Network works to actively engage and attract young professionals to the city.
Those searching for Sioux Falls apartments will be happy to discover that the cost of living index in Sioux Falls is just 82.8, which is nearly 18 percent lower than the U.S. average. New residents should account for commuting costs in their monthly budgets, as the city is not considered particularly walkable. The median gross rent in the city is $686 per month.
Sioux Falls is home to a variety of small museums and attractions. Local favorites include the African American History Museum, Blood Run State Park, Buffalo Ridge, Great Plains Zoo and Delbridge Museum of Natural History.
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