Cost of Living in Ames, Iowa

Our cost of living indices are based on a US average of 100. An amount below 100 means Ames is cheaper than the US average. A cost of living index above 100 means Ames, Iowa is more expensive.

Ames cost of living is 98.6

Housing is the biggest factor in the cost of living difference.

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COST OF LIVINGAmesIowaUSA
  Overall9988100
  Grocery94.895.6100
  Health10196100
  Housing10169100
  Median Home Cost$177,100$137,600$216,200
  Utilities8591100
  Transportation10498100
  Miscellaneous9797100
100=National Average
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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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