City of Rolla, Missouri
901 North Elm Street
Rolla, MO 65401

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City of Rolla Economic Development

Information about Rolla and the surrounding area of interest to Economic Development opportunities. Here you will find facts and figures, demographic information, consumer spending data , and more, gathered from a variety of sources.

If you don't see what you're looking for contact the Community Development Department at 573-364-5333 or email Madelyn

Facts & Figures

Strategically positioned on the edge of the Ozarks region and located midway between St. Louis and Springfield, Missouri, on Interstate 44, Rolla/Phelps County offers many competitive advantages for business, including the following facts and figures:

  1. The City is the home to the Missouri University of Science & Technology (formerly the University of Missouri-Rolla), ranked by the "U.S.News & World Report" as one of the leading technology development and engineering schools in the United States. The community also hosts several federal agencies that add to the economic vitality of the area, including the United States Geological Survey and the National Forest Service.

  2. Rolla/Phelps County is the 2000 Demographic Center of the United States adding new meaning to the community slogan "The Middle of Everywhere."

  3. Rolla was selected to join an elite group of cities as one of The 100 Best Towns in America based on the quality of our natural environment, population diversity, education level of residents, spending on public education, quality health care, low crime rates and high average income levels.

  4. Rolla is the headquarters of the Missouri Enterprise Business Assistance Center that provides statewide support programs for advanced manufacturing technology, technical innovations, environmental sciences, and value added agriculture. The center operates the Missouri Enterprise Business Incubator in Rolla providing affordable space and support services for technology-based startup businesses.

  5. Rolla offers superb access to major transportation corridors being located at the convergence of Interstate 44, U.S. 63 Highway, and Missouri Highway 72. Burlington Northern-Santa Fe's main rail line passes through Rolla.

  6. Rolla is surrounded by more than 100,000 acres of state and national wildlife parks, offering a diverse selection of year-round outdoor recreational activities. Phelps County, for which Rolla is the county seat, has more miles of trout streams than any other Missouri county!

The City of Rolla is registered with the Location One database, a site selection database made available by UtiliCorpUnited. These links will take you to the Location One website, with information about site availbility in Rolla.

For more Facts & Figures, download a 33-page report generated by the Community Development Department.


Demographic reports, in PDF format, from Claritas SiteReports, Inc.

Consumer Spending

Consumer Spending patterns for the City of Rolla during 2003. (Also from Claritas SiteReports, Inc. - PDF format)