Ames Metro Area, Iowa 

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Population

124,514

+9.5% since 2020

Unemployment Rate

3.0%

Median Income

$51,270

Median Home Price

$222,900

Median Age

25.9

Comfort Index (Climate)

8.8 / 4.6

summer / winter

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Best Places to Live in Ames Metro Area, Iowa

College town - Central Iowa, 25 miles north of Des Moines. June, September and August are the most pleasant months in the Ames metro area, while January and December are the least comfortable months.
State: Iowa
County:
Metro Area: Ames Metro Area
City: Ames, Nevada, 14 total
Zip Codes: 50010, 50014, 50201, 50012, 50124, 50248, 50244, 50161, 50011, 50236, 17 total
Cost of Living: -11.6% 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.
Median Home ValueHomes less than 10 yrs old
Most Expensive HomesAll Single Family Homes
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.


Highlights

ECONOMY
The unemployment rate in Ames Metro Area is 3.0% (U.S. avg. is 6.0%). Recent job growth is Positive. Ames Metro Area jobs have increased by 2.3%. More Economy

COST OF LIVING
Compared to the rest of the country, Ames Metro Area's cost of living is 11.6% lower than the U.S. average. More Cost of Living or Compare Ames Metro Area's Cost of Living

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

VOTING
In the last Presidential election, the Ames metro area remained very strongly Democratic, 57.2% to 39.9%. More Voting Stats

POPULATION
Ames Metro Area's population is 124,514 people. Since 2020, it has had a population growth of 9.5%. Learn More...

TRANSPORTATION
Average Commute time is 17.7 minutes. The National Average is 26.4 minutes. Learn More...

REAL ESTATE
The median home cost in Ames Metro Area is Real Estate: $222,900. Home appreciation the last 10 years has been 2.5%.

SCHOOLS
Ames Metro Area public schools spend $12,962 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,383. There are about 14.3 students per teacher in Ames Metro Area. More Education



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Housing Market in Ames

It's a good time to buy in Ames. Home Appreciation is up 8.2% in the last 12 months.
The median home price in Ames is $222,900.
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ZIP CODES IN AMES METRO AREA, IOWA
50010, 50014, 50201, 50012, 50124, 50248, 50244, 50161, 50011, 50236, 17 total

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