Rolla, Missouri is a town with a population of approximately 20,000. Young adults aged 15-24 can expect to fit right in, as they make up an above-average 30% of the community, while middle-aged professionals account for a smaller percentage of the city. Overall, the city's population, with an average age of just over 33, skews decidedly younger than most cities in Missouri. Homeowners tend to be in the minority in Rolla, and 57% of residents rent their homes. With a relatively reasonable average rent of $704 per month in the city, renting remains an affordable option, particularly compared to other cities in Missouri. Over the course of a year, renters in Rolla will save around $1,700 compared to the state average.
Rolla has an average commute time of about 17 minutes, outperforming the state average of about 24 minutes. Driving a vehicle is the most common way to get to work, chosen by 34% of commuters, while public transportation isn't used much. Few commuters (3%) walk to work, though the number surpasses the national average.
Many Rolla residents work in one of four industries: education, healthcare, retail, and entertainment. Together, these industries make up 28% of the city's labor force. Rolla workers earn an average annual income of around $49,000, less than their peers elsewhere in the state. The city's average income also trails the national average ($73,345). Nine percent of Rolla residents over the age of 25 possess a Bachelor's degree, while 7% have earned a Master's degree or Doctorate.