Ames, IA
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Ames is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Iowa. With a population of 66,191 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 88.17% 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 (16.39%), office and administrative support (12.37%), and sales jobs (8.65%).

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.

One of the benefits of Ames is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 17.36 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.

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.

If knowledge is power, Ames is a pretty powerful place. 63.43% of the adults in Ames have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Ames in 2010 was $23,519, 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 $94,076 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 30.05% 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, Norwegian, English, and Italian.

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