Iowa is home to Sioux City, which serves as the regional hub for business, employment, industry, retail trade, medical care, educational opportunities, and tourism in Northwest Iowa, Southeast South Dakota, and Northeast Nebraska. More than 140,000 people live in the tri-state metropolitan area. In 2010 Forbes ranked Sioux City in the Best Places for Business and Careers. Coldwell Banker also rated Sioux City #3 for most affordable housing in the nation.
The greater Sioux City area offers a multitude of activities. The Tyson Events Center, a 10,000 seat arena, hosts a variety of events each year. There are opportunities for all ages to get involved in sporting leagues. For those who prefer spectator sports, Sioux City offers Junior A Hockey and Minor League Baseball. Several arts festivals take place each year, and the city has over 1,132 acres of parkland, including a beautiful riverfront and miles of tree-lined recreation trails. Small towns surrounding Sioux City, like Whiting, feature farmland and a slower pace of living with quick access to the amenities of city life.