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Old 04-16-2014, 10:56 PM
Location: Mount Vernon, IL
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Moving to Sioux City, Iowa with in two months for spouses job. We would like to rent a 3 bedroom home in a safe neighborhood for under $1200 a month. Craigslist has been useless so far. Is there any benefit to living in SDakota or Nebraska and commuting? Is it safer? Wouldn't mind living within a 20 min commute of downtown. We have one small child so great schools and parks are a plus. Is there a rec center? Pools? Indoor places for children to play?
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Old 04-17-2014, 06:07 PM
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There are several public pools in Sioux City and the larger surrounding cities. The Y is located in South Sioux City on the River, and was built slightly less than a decade ago. There is a REC Center in the former auditorium downtown that has a 50 foot climbing wall, and open gym on certain days (the hours vary). If you are looking for good schools I would look for someplace in Morningside, or somewhere outside of Sioux City such as Hinton, Lawton Bronson, or Sergeant Bluff. Sioux City has larger middle and high schools than surrounding towns and bigger elementary schools as well. I would say it is more important finding a place to rent that fits your needs and price range. There are not any schools I would avoid, and there is always the option of open enrolling if you do have any concerns.
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Old 04-17-2014, 08:07 PM
Location: Jonesboro
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Rayman has mentioned Morningside, which it should be noted is in Sioux City itself & that a small liberal arts college with the same Morningside name is also located in that neighborhood.
I remember it as a pleasant, family friendly section of the city & one that did not seem to have a noise problem & very little crime.
If you venture across the Big Sioux River into nearby South Dakota, there is an upscale area called Dakota Dunes that is newer but be aware that the Dunes development received severe flooding a couple of springs ago. I would thus recommend looking for residential property on higher ground & not bottomland.
South Dakota may look attractive by virtue of not having a state income tax, but they will get their money out of you with other fees & methods of taxation. It's probably similar to the no income tax situation in Texas. But if they are honest, Texans will tell you that the high property tax rates there will kill you.
It's impossible to miss the sharply undulating topography in Sioux City itself that offers striking natural beauty. The hills & bluffs there are part of a long line of rugged terrain that stretches all along the western border of Iowa; an area called the Loess Hills.
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Old 04-20-2014, 01:30 PM
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A note about the flooding. The flooding did affect several homes in Dakota Dunes. Levees were built that prevented the damage from being worse. The country club and golf course have been rebuilt, and many of the houses have been rebuilt, or repaired. The flood also affected the riverfront parks of Sioux City and South Sioux City including The Y. Levees protected The Y and it only received minor damage. The flood was caused by releases of water from the Gavins Point Dam in Yankton. There was more rain than expected, and they did not release enough water in the spring because they were concerned about recreation use of the lake. It was the first time the Sioux City area flooded along the Missouri since the dam was built 50 years ago.

Morningside is a rather large part of Sioux City. The older parts, around Morningside College dates to the late 1800s, and the newest areas to the last couple of years. The Southern Hills Mall and Lakeport Commons Shopping Center are located in southern Morningside, and it is the shopping and dinning hub of Sioux City. . Like most cities, downtown has been changed greatly since the Southern Hills Mall was built, but Historic 4th Street, the Promenade Cinema, the restored Orpheum and the Tyson Events Center have made it a hub for entertainment in addition to staying the main business district.

Good luck!
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