Pella is a somewhat small city located in the state of Iowa. With a population of 10,362 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Pella is the 37th largest community in Iowa.
Pella real estate is some of the most expensive in Iowa, although Pella house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Pella is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Pella is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Pella who work in office and administrative support (15.83%), sales jobs (9.79%), and management occupations (9.42%).
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 8.66% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
Pella is also a college town, where lots of students live while attending area colleges. Because of the high percentage of people living in Pella enrolled in college, Pella has a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards the needs and activities of students.
Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 12.35 minutes getting to work every day.
The overall education level of Pella citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 33.44% of adults in Pella have at least a bachelor's degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.
The per capita income in Pella in 2010 was $25,454, which is upper middle income relative to Iowa and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $101,816 for a family of four. However, Pella contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call Pella home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Pella residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Pella include German, Irish, English, and Norwegian.
The most common language spoken in Pella is English. Other important languages spoken here include Serbo-Croatian and Spanish.