Pella is a beautiful town located in Marion County Iowa, effusing Dutch heritage and culture. A bustling, social community, Pella has an abundance of activities and amenities for your family, making it the perfect place to relocate your family. Along with the caring community, Pella is an alluring town, the historic buildings and tulips with the unique landscape features make Pella unlike any other town in the state of Iowa.
Raising a Family
Pella is a community focused on families. There are many recreational opportunities for the whole family, from biking and camping to kayaking at Lake Red Rock. Families can also enjoy the fourteen public parks within the city limits, many of which include playgrounds and athletic fields.
A low crime rate and caring neighborhoods give your family peace of mind and a safe place to grow.
A multitude of town events and activities are held year round, with many opportunities to get involved and meet the town members.
Education in Pella is up to the individual family and how you want to handle your children’s education. Pella offers robust public, private and homeschooling opportunities. Both the public and private schools earn outstanding test scores, and have successful extracurricular activities. Students graduating from Pella schools have a good foundation on which to build the rest of their lives.
The Pella Community School District offers grade levels from preschool to 12th grade. There are two PreK–3rd grade elementary schools (Lincoln and Madison), a 4th–6th grade building (Jefferson Intermediate), a 7th–8th middle school, and a 9–12 high school. Traditional classes combined with arts and physical activities make for well-rounded students. Numerous college credit classes, honors classes, as well as special education classes are also available. The schools place a strong emphasis on character development, responsibility, and parent involvement. They are also equipped with high quality faculty with advanced degrees and participation in continuing education.
Private Christian day school is also available for parents who want to challenge their children to develop their God-given talents for service in His Kingdom. Grades Pre-K through 8 are taught at Pella Christian Grade School, while 9th–12th attend Pella Christian High School. The schools have been recognized as a School of Excellence and a Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. Pella Christian High School is also listed in the top 50 Christian high schools in America (Fall 2014). Teachers are certified by the State and are professing Christians. Tuition assistance is available for qualified families.
Pella also has a thriving home education community with a support group called PEACE—Purposeful Education And Christian Encouragement. With over 60 families home-educating 200+ children, PEACE provides educational and support activities such as a monthly Mom’s meeting, children’s choir, cooperative classes, and monthly field trips. For more information on home-education in Iowa visit homeschooliowa.org.
For post-secondary education, Pella has a private college located a few blocks from downtown. Central College students are enthusiastic participants in their education, with 100 student organizations ranging from music ensembles to intramural teams—there is something for everyone! Seventy-six percent of Central students complete internships before graduation, giving them real world experience they need. About half of Central’s students study abroad at international sites worldwide. Central College offers students the opportunity to form a community of support and a strong foundation for the future.
Healthy living is important to Pella, with the state-of-the-art hospital and a variety of other medical professoinals to meet the needs of the community.
Pella Regional Health Center provides options for health and well-being for all ages. Pella Regional providers offer modern technology and medical procedures to keep you and your family in good health. Pella Regional continues to grow to better meet the needs of the community, adding a new Family Birthing Center in 2017 to accommodate over 500 births each year. A new orthopedics center has been added to house Iowa Orthopedics and Pella Regional’s Therapy Services. A new dialysis center will open in 2018, operated by DaVita. This health center believes that health care teams are the best way to give patients quality care and a better experience for your family. For more information on Pella Regional’s services, visit www.pellahealth.org or call 641-628-3150.
Besides the health center, Pella also has a variety of doctors specializing in eye care, dentistry and orthodontics, chiropractic care, physical therapy, and more. For more information on all of our healthcare providers, visit the business directory on www.pella.org.
Pella wants your entire family to be healthy, even your pets. We offer great care for your pets at our two veterinary clinics, Pella Pets and Tri-County Vet Clinic, as well as options for grooming, doggie-day care, pet sitting, and supplies.
Pella is a great option for someone looking to launch or advance their career—we have an abundance of opportunities to do so!
Jobs in manufacturing, healthcare, education, technology, finance, retail, restaurant or hospitality are all options. Check out the PACE website for current openings. Our two largest employers alone provide thousands of jobs, in a wide range of fields and specialties. If the right employment opportunity isn’t available in Pella, more options are just a short drive away. Marion County has over 900 employers, including national and global employers in nearby communities. The Des Moines metro area is only a 35–45 minute drive from Pella and offers a large assortment of job opportunities. Even if you are in a specialized field, chances are good that you can find a career you will love nearby.
There are also many civic groups, volunteer organizations, and non-profits you can get involved with if you want to make a difference in the community.
Pella is a great place to get out and be active. With over 15 different parks containing a variety of facilities, including tennis courts, soccer fields, baseball diamonds, pickleball courts, and winter ice skating, there is plenty of space and variety to be active. The City of Pella also runs a year-round indoor pool and seasonal outdoor Aquatic Center, offering lap swim, lessons, water aerobics, and more upon membership.
The community is also home to two golf courses, the 9-hole private Pella Golf & Country Club and the 18-hole championship public golf course, Bos Landen. A disc golf course is available at Roberts Creek.
Residents also have the option to get into excellent condition at PRC Health and Fitness or Anytime Fitness. A variety of classes such as martial arts, yoga, aerobics, and more are also available.
Pella is located in close proximity to Lake Red Rock, Iowa’s largest man-made lake with anywhere from 15-to-17,000 square acres of surface water. Just minutes southwest of town, the lake makes the perfect place for camping, boating, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, bike riding, horseback riding, walking, picnicking, fishing, and relaxing on the beach.
Being creative and flexing artistic muscle is encouraged in Pella. The Pella Community Center holds workshops for all ages, adults and kids alike, including an after-school art programs. Viewing artwork is also available in the Joan Kuyper Farver Art Gallery in the Pella Community Center and at the Mills Gallery at Central College.
If a good book is something you crave, the Pella Public Library will meet your need. In a beautiful facility just south of downtown, the library is very welcoming and offers programs for children and adults to grow and develop their literary enthusiasm.
Do you enjoy playing music? Join the City Band! The band is comprised of Pella residents who love to play music. The city band plays for crowds every Thursday night in June and July. If listening is more your thing, Central College and the Pella Opera House have a variety of concerts lined up.
Enjoy the drama of theater? Audition to be part of a production by Union Street Players, the local theater group. Or sit back and be entertained by a production at the Opera House, a student production at Central College or any of the local schools.
Pella is home to people of many different faiths and backgrounds. If you are looking to join a church, there are several denominations and traditions available to you. Additional religious centers located in the surrounding area. Visit the PACE website for a list of local churches and multicultural resources.
Pella has many exciting events and activities going on year-round.
Tulip Time Festival—This is a family-friendly event that occurs every year at the beginning of May. From Thursday to Sunday, you will see parades, demonstrations, performances, beautiful tulip gardens, and flower shows. People from all over come to celebrate. An estimated 200,000 visitors attend every year.
Christmas Tour of Homes—A great event for those that love Christmas, décor, historic homes, and architecture. During this event, participants tour beautifully decorated homes, with refreshments at the Pella Opera House.
Klompen Classic 5k Run/Walk—Join thousands of people the Wednesday evening before Tulip Time in this huge 5K! This run/walk takes you through many historic neighborhoods and sites of Pella. Proceeds go to a local nonprofit.
Thursdays in Pella—Every Thursday evening in June and July has tons of fun for the whole family! The community enjoys activities, concerts, food vendors, and more in Central Park. Each week has a different theme. This is a great way to enjoy summer in Pella!
Lake Red Rock Balloon Fest—Spend the weekend watching beautiful hot air balloons soar over Lake Red Rock. Enjoy family-friendly beach parties with live music, activities, a 5k and more. More details at www.redrocklakeballoonfest.com.
Des Moines—Just a 40 minute drive from Pella, you can be in downtown Des Moines. Des Moines is a vibrant city that offers job opportunities and lots of entertainment options. For more information about the Des Moines metro area, visit www.dsmpartnership.com
Knoxville—Known as the Sprint Car Capital of the World, Knoxville is just minutes away. Races are held from mid-April through September. Also in Knoxville, Peace Tree Brewery and Slideways Go-Karting and Mini Golf are must-visits.
Leighton—Leighton, Iowa, just 7 minutes from Pella, is home to Tassel Ridge Winery and Frisian Farms. Frisian Farms features locally produced Gouda and famous fresh cheese curds. Tassel Ridge Winery is famous for its locally made wine, and hosts an abundance of events.