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 86.11% 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 (16.64%), office and administrative support (9.55%), and food service (9.18%).
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.
In addition, Ames is a major college town that has a very high percentage of its residents over 18 years old who are college students. Naturally, collegiate life has a major influence on local Ames culture, lifestyle and entertainment options. Ames really pulses to the beat of the academic calendar. In Ames every fall, returning students reinvigorate the community, who you will notice are all over town, buying groceries, out with friends, and getting acquainted or re-acquainted with each other and Ames. One of the beneficial effects that colleges provide is that they tend to be lasting institutions that deliver direct economic benefits to the local economy in the form of such things as jobs for faculty and staff, and spending by students. Ames benefits directly from 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 17.76 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.
Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Ames is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Ames area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.
If knowledge is power, Ames is a pretty powerful place. 62.67% 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 2018 was $26,548, 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 $106,192 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, English, Norwegian, and Dutch.
The most common language spoken in Ames is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Spanish.