Pella Chronicle

Local News

January 11, 2013

Pella cracks top 50 of 'Great Small Cities'

Pella — Not many will argue Pella is a good place - for many reasons. But when someone from the warm temperatures of Florida ranks it as one of the top 50 'small' cities in America, a person takes notice.

Charles Anderson, 73, of Winter Haven, FL, recently released his newest version of In Search of Eden – America's Best Small Cities. In 2012, Pella had found itself just outside of Anderson's top 50, but in his 2013 edition Pella cracked the top 50, coming in at #47.

"Pella is one of my favorites," Anderson said. "It is one of the prettiest towns and if it was in a warmer part of the country it would be rated much higher."

Anderson, who has a degree in geography from Michigan State and also graduate work from Kansas State, says he used a dozen individual categories in order to separate cities from one another.

Inspired from a somewhat outdated Norman Rockwell book of the 50 Best Cities published in the 1950s, Anderson took it upon himself to produce a more up to date list of the small cities in the country.

Other nearby cities who found themselves ranked in Anderson's list include Seward, NE, Waterloo, IL, Fulton, MO, Spearfish, SD and Gothenburg, NE. Anderson's top choice went to Gettysburg, PA.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • 93.jpg Pella Community Calendar of Events

    April 24 - May 4

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Change order approved for the Pella Sports Park A resolution approving Change Order #2 in the amount of $47,604 with Todd Hackett Construction Co. for the Pella Sports Park was approved last week by council. Listed below is a summary of the change order: Change Order Summary 1. Warning Track & Fou

    April 24, 2014

  • Parks photo1 The tulips are blooming ... As of this writing, on the south side of the Information Windmill in Central Plaza there are a few yellow tulips that have bloomed. And I have it on good authority that with the warmer temperatures (especially the overnight temperatures) this week th

    April 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • Pella Farmer's Market ready to go in 2014 For 2014, the Pella Farmer's Market would like to continue holding the Farmer's Market in the parking area at First Reformed Church, 603 Broadway on Thursdays from 3-6 p.m. The Market is scheduled to run from April 24 - October with no event held the

    April 24, 2014

  • Trail photo New section of the Volksweg now open The 1.25 mile newly constructed section of the paved Volksweg Trail between Fifield Recreation Area and the new Robert's Creek Trailhead has been opened. The new section of The Robert's Creek Trailhead has additional work to be completed before it ca

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Historic Preservation Committee During last week's regular meeting, the Pella City Council approved an ad hoc Historic Preservation Committee. At the February 18, 2014 City Council meeting, the Pella Historic Trust presented a proposal for consideration of the establishment of a hi

    April 24, 2014

  • Tulip Time schedule

    Tulip Time is just around the corner. Here's the complete schedule for events.

    April 23, 2014

  • Central College hosts STEM fest and town hall meeting with lieutenant governor

    April 22, 2014

  • Store front compressed.jpg The Mango Tree opens tomorrow in Pella

     Located at 720 Main St.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0422 Eagle photo On a wing and a prayer

    LAKE RED ROCK — Protective gloves aren’t uncommon when dealing with a sick patient, though they’re not usually heavy, leather welder’s gloves. But, then, the patient usually doesn’t have toenails designed to puncture flesh. Or a sharp beak. Diane Mas

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo