Living in Pella: an Overview

Pella is a unique and vibrant place to live, and there is much more to our city than you may realize. The Pella community is filled with charm and warmth that is unparalleled in other communities our size, both in regards to the physical aspects- our unique Dutch architecture, attractions, and tidiness- as well as the residents who live here.

Pella’s greatest assets are its residents. Residents truly care about making Pella a great place to live! In general, we tend to be civic minded and involved in our community. This involvement manifests itself in active Parent Teacher Organizations, supporting local sports, volunteering, and even how well-maintained we keep our homes and yards. Like most people from the Midwest, we are very friendly. Don’t be surprised if someone waves at you as you drive through town!

Even though we are a small community, we have some big-city benefits. Our hospital rivals those that are found in populations much larger than our own. Pella Regional Health Center is home to a cutting edge surgical robotics team, family clinics, exceptional maternity units and award-winning patient care. We have several dentists, optometrists, physical therapists, chiropractors, and more (see our health care page for additional information).

Top-tier education systems also rival that of larger communities. We have two school systems- Pella Community and Pella Christian- as well as several preschools and Central College. Both school systems are Blue Ribbon Schools, have average ACT scores and graduation rates far exceeding state and national averages, have athletic and music programs that are recognized statewide, and work hard to promote good character and parental involvement. Central College is a four-year liberal arts college known for its innovation and drawing multicultural and education events to our community (see our education page for additional information).

We may not be able to offer all of the events of a larger metropolis, but by no means is there “nothing to do”. Pella is minutes from Lake Red Rock, Iowa’s largest lake, where you will enjoy biking trails, fishing, boating, camping, hunting, and an abundance of nature and wildlife. In Pella itself there are great options for shopping, an aquatic center, coffee shops, restaurants, a movie and live theater, city parks, cultural events, concerts, rec leagues, volunteer organizations, museums, the U.S.’s tallest working windmill, fitness centers, bowling, and so much more!

When you also consider the low crime rates, close proximity to Des Moines, low cost of living, quiet nature escapes, and abundance of employment opportunities, it all adds up to an excellent quality of life.