Rolla, MO
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Rolla is a medium-sized city located in the state of Missouri. With a population of 20,019 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, Rolla is the 33rd largest community in Missouri.

Rolla is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 85.37% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Rolla is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Rolla who work in office and administrative support (12.74%), teaching (12.04%), and sales jobs (9.51%).

Also of interest is that Rolla has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Rolla is also a major college town with a large number of people who are 18 years or older and attending college. As is often the case in college towns, the many students that live in Rolla have a strong influence on the local culture and entertainment scene, which may seem dormant by comparison in the summer months when much of the student population is away. In the fall, the return of students has a reinvigorating effect on the community. Because colleges are lasting institutions, they have a stabilizing effect on the economy by providing direct local benefits such as jobs for faculty and staff and spending by students. Rolla’s economy is one such example of this.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Rolla spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 16.71 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

The overall education level of Rolla citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 33.99% of adults in Rolla have at least a bachelor's degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.

The per capita income in Rolla in 2010 was $17,876, which is lower middle income relative to Missouri and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $71,504 for a family of four. However, Rolla contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Rolla is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Rolla home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Rolla residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Rolla include Irish, English, Italian, and French .

The most common language spoken in Rolla is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Spanish.