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    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    B+
  3. Housing
    A-
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    A
  6. Diversity
    B-
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    C+
  12. Commute
    A
Pella is a town in Iowa with a population of 10,243. Pella is in Marion County and is one of the best places to live in Iowa. Living in Pella offers residents a 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
$181,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$851
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    39%
  • Own
    61%
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Pella Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    137
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    49
    41
  • Robbery
    0
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    254
    500
  • Theft
    938
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    127
    284
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Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    20%
  • 25-34 years
    10%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    10%
  • 55-64 years
    10%
  • 65+ years
    17%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    11%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    25%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    26%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    28%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    9%
    13%

Working in Pella

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$64,527
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 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.
I love Pella. I love the supportive community that I had all throughout school, I love the safe and friendly atmosphere, and I love the unique Dutch culture! The only reason I'm choosing 4 stars instead of 5 is because a lot of the community can be fairly closed-minded with religion and politics, so although the people are friendly, there can be judgment passed along those who don't fit into the "Pella" ideals.