About North Sioux City


The City's mission is to create a dynamic and vital city by providing quality, cost-effective municipal services and by forming partnerships with citizens and organizations in the constant pursuit of excellence and problem-solving.

History of North Sioux

The roots of South Dakota run deep in the history of North Sioux City. The town of McCook, considered to be the first white settlement in the state, was founded here in the 1860s. The village served as the first county seat until 1865, at which time the seat was moved to Elk Point. Although the town of McCook no longer exists, two of its namesakes are prominent points of interest in North Sioux City.

Originating as South Dakota's earliest white settlement in the late 1800s and growing into a large and progressive community, North Sioux City stands proudly as the "Gateway to South Dakota.

Today the city of North Sioux City is best known for a diverse business community and has a population of over 2,601. Union County has a population of 14,589 citizens. Here in North Sioux City has 187 Businesses, property tax rates of $23.52 per $1000. Our major employers are Consumers Supply, Interbake Foods, Prince Manufacturing, and Royal Canin.

McCook Lake

McCook Lake, another famous landmark, lies west of the cemetery, adjacent to the Missouri River. An oxbow lake, McCook was once part of that river. Serving the public with summer and winter recreation, this scenic lake provided a nature habitat for game and fish. The residential area situated around the lake is still referred to as McCook.


Graham Field is a private airport with a paved/unpaved runway. It is open for visual flight rules landings and takeoffs. The airport is on the site of Interstate Speedway, where race car legend Eddie Rickenbacker won races in 1914 and 1915. The field served as the airport for Sioux City until 1940.

North Sioux City is the site where Charles Lindbergh landed the Spirit of St. Louis in 1927. Thousands of spectators came to the landing field to see the new American hero. Lindbergh had recently completed the first solo, non-stop flight across the Atlantic. His stop here was a part of a cross-country tour he embarked on after the famous flight.