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How We Calculate Our Data
Civics 68
Demographics 23
Economy 59
Education 80
Health 68
Housing 63
Infrastructure 55

#25. Ames, IA

Home to Iowa State University and 30 miles north of the Des Moines state capital is Ames, a community of many woodland parks and a four-time recipient of Best Places to Live recognition. Campustown is a major gathering place with a variety of restaurants, shops and nightlife venues, and Ames residents can receive quality healthcare services at Mary Greeley Medical Center. Ames is also headquarters for the Iowa Department of Transportation.

Read more about what makes Ames a Top 100 Best Place to Live.

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