Sibley, Iowa

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Sibley is a city in Osceola County, Iowa, United States. The population was 2,796 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Osceola County[1]. It is named after Henry Hastings Sibley, a prominent General during the Dakota War of 1862, who eventually became the first territorial governor of Minnesota. William L. Harding, governor of Iowa from 1917 to 1921, was born in Sibley in 1877. Hawkeye Point, the highest point in the State of Iowa, is also nearby.



Sibley is located at 43°24′11″N 95°44′47″W / 43.40306°N 95.74639°W / 43.40306; -95.74639 (43.403046, -95.746471)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.6 square miles (4.2 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 2,796 people, 1,161 households, and 743 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,734.7 people per square mile (670.5/km²). There were 1,244 housing units at an average density of 771.8/sq mi (298.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.68% White, 0.21% African American, 0.32% Native American, 0.32% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.89% from other races, and 0.54% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.22% of the population.

There were 1,161 households out of which 28.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.8% were married couples living together, 7.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.0% were non-families. 33.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.95.

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