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Pros

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

Cons

-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


    ECONOMY
    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.
    COST OF LIVING
    Compared to the rest of the country, Ames's cost of living is 1.40% Lower than the U.S. average.
    POPULATION
    As of 2014, Ames's population is 65,060 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 37.85 percent.
    TRANSPORTATION
    Average Commute time is 18 minutes. The National Average is 26 minutes.
    REAL ESTATE
    The median home cost in Ames is $187,250. Home appreciation the last year has been 14.40 percent.
    SCHOOLS
    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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  9/30/2012
From California to Iowa

Hello, I am in San Jose Ca, but am seriously thinking of moving somewhere much slower for a better quality of living. I've just turned 59, so I'm kinda preparing for...

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  2/5/2012
Good and Bad

Like every other city Ames has both good and bad points. The good points are: low cost of living, very friendly people, lots of outdoor activities and quite a few events...

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  9/20/2011
Edwards Elementary

We had numerous problems when my son attended Edwards. The teachers refused to assume responsibility for anything, blaming the children and parents instead. My son was...

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