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  1. Public Schools
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  2. Crime & Safety
    A-
  3. Housing
    A-
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    A
  6. Diversity
    B-
  7. Jobs
    A-
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B-
  12. Commute
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Pella is a town in Iowa with a population of 10,273. Pella is in Marion County and is one of the best places to live in Iowa. Living in Pella offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Pella there are a lot of parks. Many young professionals live in Pella and residents tend to be conservative. The public schools in Pella are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$185,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$908
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    40%
  • Own
    60%
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Pella Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
A-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    19.4
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    77.4
    40.7
  • Robbery
    0
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    67.7
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,064.4
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    106.4
    284

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    7%
  • 18-24 years
    21%
  • 25-34 years
    9%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    10%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    18%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    13%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    25%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    25%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    30%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    8%
    13%

Working in Pella

Jobs
A-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$64,770
National
$55,322
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Pella Reviews

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I grew up in Pella most of my childhood. It is a great community. It is large enough that there is everything you could/would ever need, but still has the small town vibe. Des Moines is less than an hour away which is also great for shopping or finding something fun to do. I loved the community because everyone was always so kind and helpful to each other. Something unique about our town is our dutch heritage. Tulip Time is a festival held yearly and it is a great way to bring tourists. There are lots of parades, dutch foods, and dutch attractions to experience. Pella has been a great town to live in and I wouldn't change anything about it. It has been difficult being away from home for college, but a great growing experience. Can't wait till Tulip Time in May this year!
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Pella is best known for Pella Windows and Vermeer. It is a family-friendly town where everyone smiles and waves to each other. It gets hectic in the beginning of May with tulip time, but it is a very kind, community centered place to live. The housing is more on the expensive side. It is located by Lake Red Rock, which provides beautiful scenery. It is about an hour and a half away from Iowa City and about a 50 minute drive away from Des Moines. It has a great small town charm and a good place for families.
Pella is a small dutch town, affordable, and easy to commute all over without getting lost. Every year they throw a three day festival on the first Thursday in the month of May and ends on the Saturday. This festive experience brings many people all over the world with the experience of a cute, clean, and nice townspeople. Although the townspeople of Pella are not as welcoming and newcomers are not as welcomed when moving into town. They are very religious and become judgmental if not attentive to being religious, Pella is not diverse as they claim to be.

The public schools provide a great education system that provide special needs and other help for other students who have trouble with studying. The town doesn't typically allow nightlife under the age of 21, although the security is pretty safe and regulate the safety.