The small town of Paola, Kansas is home to approximately 6,000 people. Retirees will feel welcome, as they account for 23% of the population compared to 14% nationally, while young adults account for a smaller percentage of the town. Only 35% of residents rent in Paola, as home ownership is common in the area. With a relatively low average rent of $745/month in the town, renting remains an affordable option, particularly compared to other cities in Kansas. Over the course of a year, renters in Paola will save around $1,500 compared to the state average.
Paola has an average commute time of about 26 minutes, longer than the Kansas average of about 20 minutes. Many residents (39%) drive to work, while public transit is not used. Few residents (3%) walk to work, though the number does exceed the national average.
Compared to the national average, Paola has a large concentration of residents over the age of 25 who have earned a high school degree or GED (26%). Additionally, 14% have a Bachelor's, Master's, Professional, or Doctoral degree. Many Paola residents work in one of three industries: retail, healthcare, and manufacturing. Together, these industries make up 25% of the town's labor force. Meanwhile, looking at job function, 12% of residents work in sales, which ranks as the top field in the town. Paola workers bring in an average annual income of just under $56,000, around $13,000 less than those elsewhere in Kansas. The town's average income also trails the national average ($73,345).
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