Ames, IA
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Ames is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Iowa. With a population of 66,498 people and 13 constituent neighborhoods, Ames is the eighth largest community in Iowa.

Ames real estate is some of the most expensive in Iowa, although Ames house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

Ames is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 88.03% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Ames is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Ames who work in teaching (17.25%), office and administrative support (11.91%), and food service (8.57%).

And if you like science, one thing you'll find is that Ames has lots of scientists living in town - whether they be life scientists, physical scientists (like astronomers), or social scientists (like geographers!). So, if you're scientific-minded, you might like it here too.

Also of interest is that Ames has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Because Ames has a very large number of students who are 18 years or older and in college, it is thought of as a college town. This has a major influence on local Ames lifestyle, entertainment, and culture in general. Life in Ames is very much tied to the academic calendar: when students return from the summer break in the fall, one will notice them out and about, buying groceries, out with friends, and generally getting re-acquainted with each other. In Ames people study hard and play hard, and there is ample opportunity to do both.

Not only is Ames a city with many college students, but it also retains many recent graduates who are looking to start new careers, shaping the character of the city into a place that is geared toward, and considered attractive to, many single, educated people. Many singles consider Ames a good place to live without being in a really big city, with opportunities for friendships and fun with others like themselves.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Ames spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 17.91 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

Many people in Ames take advantage of public transportation to get around. In fact, for the size of the city, the number of people who use the bus to commute to work is quite high. This helps to fill a need among Ames citizens for affordable transportation.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Ames. 62.72% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Ames in 2010 was $24,946, which is lower middle income relative to Iowa, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $99,784 for a family of four. However, Ames contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Ames is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Ames home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Ames residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Ames include German, Irish, Norwegian, English, and Dutch.

The most common language spoken in Ames is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Spanish.