Ames IA

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Ames, IA Real Estate Data

Source & Methodology

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:   American Community Survey (U.S. Census Bureau), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Federal Housing Finance Agency.

Date(s) & Update Frequency:
  • Home Values, Rents: Reflects Q2 2019. Updated quarterly.
  • Setting, Housing Stock, Homeownership: 2017 (latest available). Updated annually.

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

Ames Housing Market Information

With 66,498 people, 25,123 houses or apartments, and a median cost of homes of $227,928, Ames real estate is some of the most expensive in Iowa, although Ames home values aren't among America's most expensive.

Large apartment complexes or high rise apartments are the single most common housing type in Ames, accounting for 41.89% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Ames include single-family detached homes ( 38.32%), duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 9.65%), and a few row houses and other attached homes ( 7.33%). This particular housing mix is relatively uncommon and characteristic of cities that are compact and walkable, and which often have a lively downtown.

Ames is dominated by renter-occupied one, two, or no bedrooms apartments. 66.46% of Ames's dwellings are rentals.

There is a lot of housing in Ames built from 1970 to 1999 so parts of town may have that "Brady Bunch" look of homes popular in the '70s and early '80s, although some of these houses were built up through the early '90s as well. There is also a lot of housing in Ames built between 2000 and later ( 23.66%). A lesser amount of the housing stock also hails from between 1940-1969 ( 21.58%). There's also some housing in Ames built before 1939 ( 9.56%).

Ames Home Appreciation Rates

Appreciation rates for homes in Ames have been tracking above average for the last ten years, according to NeighborhoodScout data. The cumulative appreciation rate over the ten years has been 27.50%, which ranks in the top 30% nationwide. This equates to an annual average Ames house appreciation rate of 2.46%.

Over the last year, Ames appreciation rates have trailed the rest of the nation. In the last twelve months, Ames's appreciation rate has been 0.57%, which is lower than appreciation rates in most communities in America. In the latest quarter, NeighborhoodScout's data show that house appreciation rates in Ames were at 1.56%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of 6.40%.

Relative to Iowa, our data show that Ames's latest annual appreciation rate is lower than 70% of the other cities and towns in Iowa.

One very important thing to keep in mind is that these are average appreciation rates for the city. Individual neighborhoods within Ames differ in their investment potential, sometimes by a great deal. Fortunately, you can use NeighborhoodScout to pinpoint the exact neighborhoods in Ames - or in any city or town - that have the best track record of real estate appreciation, by the latest quarter, the last year, 2 years, 5 years, 10 years, or even since 2000, to assist you in making the best Ames real estate investment or home purchase decisions.

Average Home Values


Median Home Value:


Value Range
> $1,157,000 0.4
$868,001 - $1,157,000 0.2
$578,001 - $868,000 1.3
$463,001 - $578,000 3.0
$347,001 - $463,000 8.0
$231,001 - $347,000 30.1
$116,001 - $231,000 45.8
$58,001 - $116,000 3.0
$0 - $58,000 8.2

Very High for IA
High for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
31.3401459854015 9.38271604938272

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

Ames Appreciation Rates

Time Period Total Appreciation Avg. Annual Rate Compared To
Compared To
Latest Quarter:
2019 Q1 - 2019 Q2
Last 12 Months:
2018 Q2 - 2019 Q2
Last 2 Years:
2017 Q2 - 2019 Q2
Last 5 Years:
2014 Q2 - 2019 Q2
Last 10 Years:
2009 Q2 - 2019 Q2
Since 2000:
2000 Q1 - 2019 Q2
54.70% 2.26%
* 10 is highest

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$1,097 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 33.54
Renters 66.46
Vacant 4.39

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

2000 or Newer 23.7
1970 - 1999 45.2
1940 - 1969 21.6
1939 or Older 9.6

Types of Homes

Single-Family 38.3
Townhomes 7.3
Small Apt. Buildings 9.7
Apt. Complexes 41.9
Mobile Homes 2.8
Other 0.0

Home Size

No Bedroom 2.65
1 Bedroom 14.02
2 Bedrooms 32.05
3 Bedrooms 31.20
4 Bedrooms 16.48
5 or more bedrooms 3.59