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  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    A
Rolla is a town in Missouri with a population of 20,013. Rolla is in Phelps County. Living in Rolla offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Rolla there are a lot of parks. Many young professionals live in Rolla and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Rolla are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$127,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$692
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    60%
  • Own
    40%
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Rolla 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
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    412.1
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    147.2
    40.7
  • Robbery
    34.3
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    500.4
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,683.3
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    166.8
    284

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    7%
  • 18-24 years
    29%
  • 25-34 years
    15%
  • 35-44 years
    9%
  • 45-54 years
    7%
  • 55-64 years
    9%
  • 65+ years
    11%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    16%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    17%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    26%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    29%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    13%
    13%

Working in Rolla

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$33,046
National
$55,322
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Rolla Reviews

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Rolla is a nice little place which greatest attribute is the university it has. That is Missouri University of Science and Technology. There are not many people on the streets. Nightlife is solid for students because they have many fraternities and sororities. But, for people who are not students, nightlife is very poor. There are nice neighborhoods and good people in them. Downtown Rolla is very small and does not look like a downtown in bigger cities. There is no main square or park. There are not many things to do in Rolla. You can go for a walk through some forests, go to the swamps to chill out, movies, or the fugitive beach that is Rolla’s biggest attraction. That’s a great place to cool down over the summer and have some fun. Also, there is a theater that is a part of the university but still can be visited. Sports are not well followed in Rolla which is not good. A good place to go to college and a good place to live in if you prefer small places with not much going on.
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Love the small town feel, but with access to a good hospital. Not much nightlife for locals, but several decent dining options and some nice additions to shopping have been recently added. Biggest drawbacks are the blighted areas in town (Hwy 72) , no historical buildings or homes , and no town square/center - most small towns have this and I miss it - kind of like going to the beach without the sand and sea - something is missing I guess they didn't think that was important.
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!