Ames, IA
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Ames is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Iowa. With a population of 65,060 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 86.91% 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 (16.52%), office and administrative support (12.45%), and sales jobs (8.16%).

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.

Ames is also a major college town with a large number of people who are 18 years or older and attending college. As is often the case in college towns, the many students that live in Ames have a strong influence on the local culture and entertainment scene, which may seem dormant by comparison in the summer months when much of the student population is away. In the fall, the return of students has a reinvigorating effect on the community. Because colleges are lasting institutions, they have a stabilizing effect on the economy by providing direct local benefits such as jobs for faculty and staff and spending by students. Ames’s economy is one such example of this.

One of the benefits of Ames is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 18.04 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Ames is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Ames area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Ames, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Ames is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 62.79% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Ames in 2010 was $24,082, which is middle income relative to Iowa and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $96,328 for a family of four. However, Ames contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Ames also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 30.04% of its population below the federal poverty line.

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 Irish, English, Norwegian, and Swedish.

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