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-College-town amenities
-Steady employment
-Cost of living


-Outdoor recreation
-Low diversity
-Harsh winters

What Bert Has To Say About Ames Metro Area

Home to land-grant Iowa State University, Ames is a pleasant college town a short distance north of Des Moines along I-35. Downtown is typical of most small college towns, clean, attractive and containing a variety of independent small businesses. The economic base is steady, anchored by the university and other state agencies and an assortment of mostly agricultural, pharmaceutical and biotech-related manufacturing and research facilities for companies like 3M, BASF, Ball Plastics and Boehringer Ingleheim.

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Quick Facts About Ames

    The unemployment rate in Ames is 3.20 percent(U.S. avg. is 5.20%). Recent job growth is Positive. Ames jobs have Increased by 1.80 percent.
    Compared to the rest of the country, Ames's cost of living is 1.40% Lower than the U.S. average.
    As of 2014, Ames's population is 65,060 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 37.85 percent.
    Average Commute time is 18 minutes. The National Average is 26 minutes.
    The median home cost in Ames is $187,250. Home appreciation the last year has been 14.40 percent.
    Ames public schools spend $11,680 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,383. There are about 14.6 students per teacher in Ames.

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