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Plymouth County added to Sioux City Metro

LE MARS, Iowa (KTIV) -

The Sioux City metropolitan area is getting larger.

The US Census Bureau recently added Plymouth County to a region that already includes Woodbury County, Dakota County, Nebraska, and Union County, South Dakota.

Officials say the addition is a win-win for the entire Siouxland region.

Adding Plymouth County to the Sioux City metro area increases the regional population by 25,000 people, to more than 168,000.

Officials with the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce say the population boost will put Siouxland on a bigger map.

"Now we're showing up on radar screens not only across the country, but across the world," said Barbara Sloniker, the Siouxland Chamber Vice President.

Most of that population increase comes from Le Mars, Iowa.  For companies looking to expand or relocate, Le Mars Chamber President Neil Adler says, "This will give them a better snapshot of a larger labor shed of skilled and trained workforce."

Adler says the city of Le Mars grows by 1,600 hundred people on the average work day.

"We have that many more people who live outside of Le Mars, but come into Le Mars for work," explained Adler.

It's not just about adding people, but also about growing the area's income level.

"Our average wages reflects a little bit higher," Adler added.

"...then they know there's buying power in the area," explained Sloniker.

That in turn could catch the eye of more national retail chains, which happened a decade ago.  Sloniker points out that after Union County, South Dakota was added to the metro area, a new mall sprung up in Sioux City.

"I'm not just saying retail development.  We'd like to see businesses come here, businesses expand," said Sloniker.

Another benefit of all that growth, when it happens, is lower taxes she added.

She says industrial expansion could happen up and down the Highway 75 corridor.  Adler and Sloniker agree the impact won't be immediate, but both say the ripple effect is inevitable.


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