The Sioux City or Siouxland metropolitan statistical area (MSA) encompasses 2,073 square miles in five-counties in three-states. The MSA has a population of 168,921. Southern Baptists number 0.54% of the population, all evangelicals affiliated with local churches is 14.3% (although 38% of the population claim to be conservative evangelical Christian), and 39.3% of the population claims no religious affiliation.
A large percentage of people in the Siouxland area reflect an interesting mixture of a blue-collar work ethic, economic conservatism and mainline Christianity. The religious landscape is largely dominated by Catholics, mainline denominations and Evangelical Protestants. Of those, Catholic and Lutheran traditions are the most predominant. The region has a high rate of drug and alcohol addictions and abuse. Sporting activities are the dominate leisure activity. Sioux City is the home of the Bandits, an indoor football team and the city hosts the NAIA Division II Girls Basketball National Championship tournament every year. [Read more…]