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Roland has a tradition deeply rooted in its Scandinavian heritage. The city provides a friendly, small-town atmosphere for residents, prospective residents, and businesses alike. Roland is located just three miles east of Interstate 35 on County Road E-18 in Northern Story County. U.S. Highway 65 is 9 miles east of Roland and U.S. Highway 30 just 15 miles south. The city is in close proximity to major businesses, retail, and cultural attractions in Central Iowa.

Roland offers exceptional parks and recreation services to their residents with four parks located within the city, as well as a swimming pool. These services, coupled with a friendly and welcoming population make Roland a great location to live, work, or visit.

Demographics

Population

Number

Percent

Total Population (2010)

1,285

100%

     Male

629

49.0%

     Female

655

51.0%

Median Age (years)

35.0

-

Income

   

Median Household (2011)

$59,453

-

Cost of Living Index (2012)

85.4%

100%

Education

Roland-Story Community School District

Schools

2012-2013 Enrollment

Total Enrollment

1,064

Graduation Rate

92.3%

ACT Average

23.4*

Total Teacher Staff

72.95

*Compared to an Iowa average of 22.2 and a national average of 21.0

Financial Institutions

Leading Employers

  • Innovative Lighting
    Innovative Lighting manufacturers custom injection molds and LED lighting products and employs 60 people at their Roland location.
     
  • Roland-Story Middle School
    Roland-Story Middle School houses grades 5-8 and employs 35 faculty and staff.
     
  • Fields Foods Inc.
    Fields Foods provides wholesale bakery services and employs 18 people at their Roland facility.  
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