Economy in Ames, Iowa

Ames has an unemployment rate of 3.2%. The US average is 5.2%.

Ames has seen the job market increase by 1.8% over the last year. Future job growth over the next ten years is predicted to be 40.4%, which is higher than the US average of 38.0%.

Tax Rates for Ames
- The Sales Tax Rate for Ames is 7.0%. The US average is 6.0%.
- The Income Tax Rate for Ames is 7.9%. The US average is 4.6%.

Income and Salaries for Ames
- The average income of a Ames resident is $24,082 a year. The US average is $28,555 a year.
- The Median household income of a Ames resident is $42,373 a year. The US average is $53,482 a year.

INCOME BY POPULATION PERCENT

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  ECONOMYAmes, IowaUnited States
  Unemployment Rate3.2%5.2%
  Recent Job Growth1.8%1.6%
  Future Job Growth40.4%38.0%
  Sales Taxes7.0%6.0%
  Income Taxes7.9%4.6%
  Income per Cap.$24,082$28,555
  Household Income$42,373$53,482
  Family Median Income$80,977$65,443
  POPULATION BY OCCUPATION
  Agriculture, forestry, fishing, hunting1.5%1.3%
  Mining, quarrying, oil and gas extraction0.1%0.6%
  Construction4.0%6.2%
  Manufacturing8.9%10.4%
  Wholesale trade0.8%2.7%
  Retail trade10.6%11.6%
  Transportation and warehousing1.7%4.1%
  Utilities00
  Information1.9%2.1%
  Finance and insurance2.3%4.7%
  Real estate, rental, leasing0.9%1.9%
  Professional, scientific, technical services5.5%6.7%
  Management of companies0.0%0.1%
  Administrative, support, waste mgt svcs1.6%4.3%
  Educational services30.3%9.3%
  Health care and social assistance11.2%13.8%
  Arts, entertainment, recreation1.6%2.2%
  Accommodation, food services10.2%7.4%
  Other services3.2%4.9%
  Public administration3.7%4.8%
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    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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