Ames, Iowa 

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+13.4% since 2020

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8.8 / 4.6

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Best Places to Live in Ames, Iowa

Ames, Iowa is a lively city located in the heart of central Iowa. This bustling city offers plenty for visitors to explore such as the picturesque Reiman Gardens or the historic Octagon Center for the Arts. Residents here also enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities at Hills Memorial Park or Brookside Park. With its excellent school systems, thriving businesses, and numerous recreational opportunities, it's no wonder why so many people choose to make Ames their home. College town - Central Iowa, 25 miles north of Des Moines.
State: Iowa
County: Story County
Metro Area: Ames Metro Area
City: Ames
Zip Codes: 50010 50014 50012 50011
Cost of Living: -9.7% lower
Time zone: Central Standard Time (CST)
Elevation: 921 ft above sea level

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Ames, Ia Housing Market
Least Expensive HomesHomes Over 2,000 Sq. Ft.
Most Expensive HomesHomes less than 10 yrs old
All Single Family Homes
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.


The unemployment rate in Ames is 2.7% (U.S. avg. is 6.0%). Recent job growth is Positive. Ames jobs have increased by 2.3%. More Economy

Compared to the rest of the country, Ames's cost of living is 9.7% lower than the U.S. average. More Cost of Living or Compare Ames's Cost of Living

June, September and August are the most pleasant months in Ames, while January and December are the least comfortable months. Today's Weather | Climate Averages

In the last Presidential election, Story county remained very strongly Democratic, 57.2% to 39.9%. More Voting Stats

Ames's population is 67,033 people. Since 2020, it has had a population growth of 13.4%. Learn More...

Average Commute time is 16.4 minutes. The National Average is 26.4 minutes. Learn More...

The median home cost in Ames is Real Estate: $258,100. Home appreciation the last 10 years has been 3.0%.

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. More Education

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Housing Market in Ames

It's a good time to buy in Ames. Home Appreciation is up 6.9% in the last 12 months.
The median home price in Ames is $258,100.
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Reviews for Ames   12 Reviews
From California to Iowa - 9/30/2012
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... Read More

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Good and Bad - 2/5/2012
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... Read More

Cost of Living in Ames, Iowa - 12/18/2010
Ames enjoys a high quality of life at a very affordable cost, substantially lower than many other communities. The presence of Iowa State University, a large (28,000... Read More

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