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Rolla provides a rich view of its heritage in its historical buildings and vintage peeks of old Route 66. An important center for education and research in science and technology, it is home of the Missouri University of Science and Technology, widely known for its many engineering departments and computer science departments. Rolla has a population of over 20,000 people, serving as a haven for outdoor adventures with its tourist attractions including Current and Jack’s Fork Rivers, Ozark forests, caves, springs, and bluffs. It 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.