Ames, IA (City Center)








About Ames, IA (City Center)


Real Estate Prices and Overview

Median real estate price in the City Center of Ames is $187,146, which is more expensive than 71.8% of the neighborhoods in Iowa and 40.1% of the neighborhoods in the U.S.

The average rental price in Ames City Center is currently $916, based on NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis. The average rental cost in this neighborhood is higher than 62.9% of the neighborhoods in Iowa.

Ames City Center is a suburban neighborhood (based on population density) located in Ames, Iowa.

Real estate in the City Center of Ames, IA is primarily made up of medium sized (three or four bedroom) to small (studio to two bedroom) single-family homes and apartment complexes/high-rise apartments. Most of the residential real estate is occupied by a mixture of owners and renters. Many of the residences in the City Center neighborhood are older, well-established, built between 1940 and 1969. A number of residences were also built between 1970 and 1999.

In Ames City Center, the current vacancy rate is 0.4%, which is a lower rate of vacancies than 96.8% of all neighborhoods in the U.S. This means that the housing supply in Ames City Center is very tight compared to the demand for property here.

Notable & Unique Neighborhood Characteristics

Many things matter about a neighborhood, but the first thing most people notice is the way a neighborhood looks and its particular character. For example, one might notice whether the buildings all date from a certain time period or whether shop signs are in multiple languages. This particular neighborhood in Ames, the City Center neighborhood, has some outstanding things about the way it looks and its way of life that are worth highlighting.

Notable & Unique: Real Estate

This neighborhood has the distinction of having one of the lowest real estate vacancy rates of any neighborhood in America. With just 0.4% of the real estate vacant, this indicates an exceptionally strong demand for real estate in the Ames City Center neighborhood, and/or an issue with creating enough supply for the demand. This could have the effect of increasing real estate prices, increasing supply to meet demand, or both.

Notable & Unique: Length of Commute

Whether walking, biking, riding, or driving, the length of one's commute is an important factor for one's quality of life. The Ames City Center neighborhood stands out for its commute length, according to NeighborhoodScout's analysis. Residents of the Ames City Center neighborhood have the pleasure of having one of the shortest commutes to work of any neighborhood in America. 58.3% of the residents have a commute time from home to work (one way) of less than fifteen minutes. This is a higher proportion of residents enjoying a short trip to work than NeighborhoodScout found in 95.2% of U.S. neighborhoods. Less time commuting means more time for other things in life.

Notable & Unique: People

Ames City Center is ranked among the top 9.7% of neighborhoods for first-time home buyers to consider in the state of Iowa according to NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis. Homes here are priced below median housing values in the state, yet maintain moderate appreciation rates compared to other communities. Buying into the Ames City Center neighborhood is not only an accessible option but an investment opportunity for many first-time home buyers. In addition to being an excellent choice for first-time home buyers, this neighborhood is also a very good choice for college students.

Notable & Unique: Diversity

Did you know that the Ames City Center neighborhood has more Czechoslovakian and Danish ancestry people living in it than nearly any neighborhood in America? It's true! In fact, 2.0% of this neighborhood's residents have Czechoslovakian ancestry and 2.5% have Danish ancestry.

Ames City Center is also pretty special linguistically. Significantly, 7.5% of its residents five years old and above primarily speak Chinese at home. While this may seem like a small percentage, it is higher than 97.1% of the neighborhoods in America.


The Neighbors

The Neighbors: Income

How wealthy a neighborhood is, from very wealthy, to middle income, to low income is very formative with regard to the personality and character of a neighborhood. Equally important is the rate of people, particularly children, who live below the federal poverty line. In some wealthy gated communities, the areas immediately surrounding can have high rates of childhood poverty, which indicates other social issues. NeighborhoodScout's analysis reveals both aspects of income and poverty for this neighborhood.

The neighbors in the City Center neighborhood in Ames are upper-middle income, making it an above average income neighborhood. NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis reveals that this neighborhood has a higher income than 63.3% of the neighborhoods in America. In addition, 2.6% of the children seventeen and under living in this neighborhood are living below the federal poverty line, which is a lower rate of childhood poverty than is found in 81.9% of America's neighborhoods.

The Neighbors: Occupations

The old saying "you are what you eat" is true. But it is also true that you are what you do for a living. The types of occupations your neighbors have shape their character, and together as a group, their collective occupations shape the culture of a place.

In the Ames City Center neighborhood, 51.6% of the working population is employed in executive, management, and professional occupations. The second most important occupational group in this neighborhood is manufacturing and laborer occupations, with 22.0% of the residents employed. Other residents here are employed in sales and service jobs, from major sales accounts, to working in fast food restaurants (15.3%), and 11.1% in clerical, assistant, and tech support occupations.

The Neighbors: Languages

The languages spoken by people in this neighborhood are diverse. These are tabulated as the languages people preferentially speak when they are at home with their families. The most common language spoken in the Ames City Center neighborhood is English, spoken by 83.3% of households. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Langs. of India.

The Neighbors: Ethnicity / Ancestry

Culture is the shared learned behavior of peoples. Undeniably, different ethnicities and ancestries have different cultural traditions, and as a result, neighborhoods with concentrations of residents of one or another ethnicities or ancestries will express those cultures. It is what makes the North End in Boston so fun to visit for the Italian restaurants, bakeries, culture, and charm, and similarly, why people enjoy visiting Chinatown in San Francisco.

In the City Center neighborhood in Ames, IA, residents most commonly identify their ethnicity or ancestry as German (25.7%). There are also a number of people of Asian ancestry (15.2%), and residents who report English roots (8.5%), and some of the residents are also of Irish ancestry (7.7%), along with some Sub-Saharan African ancestry residents (6.8%), among others. In addition, 20.1% of the residents of this neighborhood were born in another country.

Getting to Work

How you get to work – car, bus, train or other means – and how much of your day it takes to do so is a large quality of life and financial issue. Especially with gasoline prices rising and expected to continue doing so, the length and means of one's commute can be a financial burden. Some neighborhoods are physically located so that many residents have to drive in their own car, others are set up so many walk to work, or can take a train, bus, or bike. The greatest number of commuters in Ames City Center neighborhood spend under 15 minutes commuting one-way to work (58.3% of working residents), one of the shortest commutes across America.

Here most residents (81.5%) drive alone in a private automobile to get to work. In addition, quite a number also ride the bus to get to work (8.2%) . In a neighborhood like this, as in most of the nation, many residents find owning a car useful for getting to work.


Neighborhood Real Estate Data

Source
Real Estate Data Tutorial

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:   National Agriculture Statistics Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Federal Housing Finance Agency, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Bureau of the Census, U.S. Geological Service, American Community Survey.

Date(s) & Update Frequency:
  • Home Values, Rents: Reflects Q3 2020. Updated quarterly.
  • Setting, Housing Stock, Homeownership: 2018 (latest available). Updated annually.

Methodology:   NeighborhoodScout uses over 600 characteristics to build a neighborhood profile… Read more

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Housing Market Details

 

AGE OF Ames, IA (City Center) HOMES

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Neighborhood Demographics Data

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Demographics Data Tutorial

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:   American Community Survey, U.S. Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Education, 50 state departments of education, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Federal Bureau of Investigation, 18,000+ local law enforcement agencies, Federal Housing Finance Agency, U.S. Geological Service, National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Date(s) & Update Frequency:   2018 (latest available). Updated annually. Please note: Unemployment data updated November 2020.

Methodology:   Unlike standardly available Census demographics, NeighborhoodScout uses dozens of custom models to transform 8.5 million raw demographic data elements from government sources into proprietary indices and insights…. Read more about Scout's Demographic Data

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More diverse than of U.S. neighborhoods.

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Neighborhood Crime Data

Source
Crime Data Tutorial

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:   18,000 local law enforcement agencies in the U.S.

Date(s) & Update Frequency:   Reflects 2019 calendar year; released from FBI in Sept. 2020 (latest available). Updated annually. Where is 2020 data?

Methodology:   Our nationwide meta-analysis overcomes the issues inherent in any crime database, including non-reporting and reporting errors. This is possible by associating the 9.4 million reported crimes in the U.S, including over 2 million geocoded point locations…. Read more about Scout's Crime Data

Neighborhood Crime Data

 

total Crime Index

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Safer than of U.S. neighborhoods.

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Neighborhood Violent Crime

violent Crime Index

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Safer than of U.S. neighborhoods.

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Violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

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National Median: 4
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Ames VIOLENT CRIMES

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Neighborhood Property Crime

property Crime Index

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Safer than of U.S. neighborhoods.

Property Crime Index By Type
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Property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

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Ames Property CRIMES

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Neighborhood Public School Data

Source
School Data Tutorial

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:
  • Test Scores: Edfacts (U.S. Department of Education), State departments of education.
  • Expenditures: National Center for Education Statistics.
  • Educational Environment: American Community Survey (U.S. Census Bureau).
Date(s) & Update Frequency:
  • Test data: Reflects 2018 – 2019 school year.
  • Expenditures: 2017
  • Educational Environment: 2018 (latest available). Updated annually.

Methodology:   Only NeighborhoodScout gives you nationally comparable school ranks based on test scores, so you can directly compare the quality of schools in any location. Read more about Scout's School Data

School Rating Information

 

School Quality

(100 is best)

Better than of U.S. schools.

Neighborhood School Quality Rating

Rates the quality of all K-12 public schools that serve this neighborhood. Info

Schools That Serve This Neighborhood

 
School Details Grades Quality Rating Compared to IA* Quality Rating Compared to Nation*
Ames High School
1921 Ames High Drive
Ames, IA 50010
09-12
Ames Middle School
3915 Mortensen Road
Ames, IA 50014
06-08
Gilbert Elementary School
109 Rothmoor
Gilbert, IA 50105
PK-02
Gilbert High School
312 Gretten
Gilbert, IA 50105
09-12
Gilbert Intermediate School
103 Mathews Dr
Gilbert, IA 50105
03-05
Gilbert Middle School
201 E. Mathews
Gilbert, IA 50105
06-08
Meeker Elementary School
300 20th Street
Ames, IA 50010
KG-05
Northwood Pre-School School
3012 Duff Avenue
Ames, IA 50010
PK-KG
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Neighborhood Educational Environment

Adults In Neighborhood With College Degree Or Higher
Children In The Neighborhood Living In Poverty

This neighborhood is served by 1 district:

AMES COMM SCHOOL DISTRICT


Students Enrolled in This District


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District Quality Compared to Iowa

(10 is best)

Better than of IA school districts.

District Quality Compared to U.S. info

(10 is best)

Better than of US school districts.

Schools In This District

School District Enrollment By Group

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