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 neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Rolla is a city of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Rolla who work in teaching (13.14%), office and administrative support (11.52%), and food service (9.26%).

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.

One of the benefits of Rolla is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 16.77 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

In terms of college education, Rolla is substantially better educated than the typical community in the nation, which has 21.84% of the adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree: 33.06% of adults in Rolla have a college degree.

The per capita income in Rolla in 2010 was $18,090, which is middle income relative to Missouri, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $72,360 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 Arabic.