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 87.48% 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 (15.82%), office and administrative support (12.80%), and sales jobs (8.74%).

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.

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 17.51 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

A lot of people in Ames take the bus for their daily commute. For the size of the city, the number of people who use public transportation is quite high. For many people in Ames, this fills their need for low-cost transportation.

If knowledge is power, Ames is a pretty powerful place. 61.55% 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 $23,189, 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 $92,756 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 30.51% 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 Swedish.

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