As with any other city, Sioux City is comprised of different areas and neighborhoods, each with its own distinct flavor. As time marched on the “cow town with an opera house” expanded north, south, east, and west from Dr. John Cook’s original plat on Prospect Hill. These expansions provided room for new people and new businesses in the city. Over time Sioux City grew, shrunk, and changed, and these different areas changed right along with it. Today Sioux City stretches from the Big Sioux River west past Floyd River to Highway 75, and from the border of South Dakota and Woodbury County south to nearly Sergeant Bluff (roughly 58 square miles).
The map below marks out the different areas of Sioux City as they stand today. Please note that the lines between areas and neighborhoods are not this clear in reality, and the divisions made here are approximate. These areas have also changed greatly through the city’s history, changing names and borders (for example, what was once called the “Northside” in 1890 is actually Downtown today). Click on an area to discover objects that explore that area’s history and contributions to Sioux City.