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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  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
    A-
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$129,300
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$672
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    62%
  • Own
    38%

Rolla Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    309
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    85
    41
  • Robbery
    40
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    557
    500
  • Theft
    2,658
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    164
    284

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$34,024
National
$55,322
Children
17%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    16%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    17%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    25%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    30%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    13%
    13%
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Rolla is a safe community with so much natural beauty surrounding it! You really get that small town vibe with kind of the bigger city vibe! Rolla is very clean, affordable, and beautiful. We have Univeristy of Missouri-Science and Technology here, so that is unique to Rolla in itself. Rolla takes such pride in our high school, and supports the high school very well. Rolla is a great place to raise a family, work, relax, and have fun!
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Rolla is a town of about 20,000 people and is home to Missouri University of Science and Technology. We have 3 grocery stores, several retail shops, and quite a few restaurants that run the gamut from McDonald's to Arby's to Japanese and Thai (oh, and the BBQ and steak houses. Yum!). Due to the college in town, and the Army base 30 minutes down the interstate, we have a fairly diverse population, although still predominantly caucasian.
There are a lot of local /family-owned shops. It is interesting though, how the college campus is about half of the town. If you like small towns, you will enjoy Rolla. (Alex's Pizza Palace is great!) I have had issues with an officer lying about saying he would take a stolen items report (he didn't think I would check that a report had been filed), but his superior was very helpful in correcting the situation.