Overview

Introduction to Pella, Iowa

Pella, Iowa is located 38 miles E of Des Moines, Iowa (center to center) and is 157 miles E of Omaha, Nebraska. It is in Marion county.

Pella History

Pella was established in 1847 with the settlement of eight hundred Dutch immigrants who were led by Dominee Hendrik (Henry) P. Scholte. It was named by Rev. Scholte after Pella in Asia Minor, which was a refuge for the early Christians.

Pella and nearby Attractions

  • Rolscreen Museum
  • Historic Pella State Historical Marker
  • Big Rock City Park
  • Pella Historical Village
  • Lake Keomah State Park

Things To Do In Pella

Tourists love to visit the Lake Keomah State Park which provides opportunities for swimming, boating, fishing and picnicking. Popular Museums among the tourists include the Pella Historical Village and the Rolscreen Museum. Some of the local parks include the Sunken Gardens Park, Volksweg Trailhead Park, and the Big Rock City Park. Pella hosts festivals such as Tulip Time and Fall Festival every year.

Pella Transportation

Des Moines International Airport offers air transportation facilities.

Pella Higher Education

Central College is located in Pella. Other colleges and universities that are in proximity to Pella include Indian Hills Community College, Des Moines Community College, Drake University, and Iowa State University.

Demographics

People

Total Population10,273
Male Share of the Population49.1%
Female Share of the Population50.9%
Senior Citizens18.4%
Employed Population 16+5,657
Age of the Population36

Families

% of people married56%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher31.1%
Median Earnings25+$40,573
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$22,675
Median Earnings With High School Degree$28,971

Wealth

Median Family Income$77,368
% Above Poverty Level92.3%
% Below Poverty Level7.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time11 minutes
% Working from Home4.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work17.4%
% Using Public Transportation1%

Housing

People Living Alone30.2%
Median Gross Rent$908
Median House Value$185,000

Ancestry

Dutch33.7%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)11%
Irish9.7%
English6.4%
Swedish4%
Italian2.9%
Norwegian2.6%
French Except Basque1.5%
Danishn0.9%
Polish0.9%
Welsh0.9%
Scottish0.8%
African0.3%
Swiss0.3%
Czech0.3%
Arab0.3%
Russian0.2%
Croatian0.2%
Ukrainian0.2%
Greek0.2%
German0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Bulgarian0.1%
Canadian0.1%
Icelander0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
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Pella Almanac

CategoryValue
CountyMarion County
Standard Zip Codes50219
Phone Area Codes641
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude41.4
Approximate Longitude-92.91

Pella Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationKNOXVILLE
Distance11.6 miles
Jan Temp11 to 29 F
Apr Temp38 to 61 F
Jul Temp65 to 86 F
Oct Temp42 to 64 F
Annual Precip35 inches
StationGRINNELL 3 SW
Distance23 miles
Jan Temp8 to 27 F
Apr Temp34 to 59 F
Jul Temp61 to 84 F
Oct Temp37 to 63 F
Annual Precip36 inches
StationSIGOURNEY
Distance37.5 miles
Jan Temp10 to 29 F
Apr Temp38 to 60 F
Jul Temp63 to 85 F
Oct Temp40 to 63 F
Annual Precip35.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Harvey172$50,000
Knoxville7,200$58,352
Leighton205$61,250
Monroe1,743$77,273
Reasnor138$51,500
Sully865$70,288

Pella Public Libraries

Pella Public Library
603 MAIN ST
Pella, Iowa
(641) 628-4268

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Pella Hospitals

Pella Regional Health Center
(Non-profit)
404 Jefferson Street
(515) 628-3150

Pella Public Schools

Jefferson Intermediate
801 E 13th St
ZIP: 50219
(641) 628-8267
Middle
Total Enrollment 499
Lincoln Elementary School
1102 Broadway
ZIP: 50219
(641) 628-3970
Primary
Total Enrollment 267
Madison Elementary School
950 E. University St.
ZIP: 50219
(641) 628-4638
Primary
Total Enrollment 508
Pella High School
212 E University St
ZIP: 50219
(641) 628-3870
High
Total Enrollment 669
Pella Middle School
613 E 13th
ZIP: 50219
(641) 628-4784
Middle
Total Enrollment 321

Pella Private Schools

Pella Christian Grade School
216 Liberty St
ZIP: 50219
Elementary
Total Enrollment 405
Pella Christian High School
300 Eagle Ln
ZIP: 50219
Secondary
Total Enrollment 279
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