Ames is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Iowa. With a population of 66,258 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 86.73% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Ames is a city of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Ames who work in teaching (17.57%), office and administrative support (10.08%), and food service (9.04%).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Ames. 62.30% 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 2018 was $25,606, 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 $102,424 for a family of four. However, Ames contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Ames is a very 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.