Home to Iowa State University, Ames makes our Best Places to Live list along with our Top 10 Best College Towns and Best Cities for Singles lists. ISU has 15,600 employees and is the largest employer in Ames, and other robust economic sectors include agriculture, healthcare, manufacturing, technology and tourism.
Residents enjoy four distinct seasons, and the community’s college-town culture supports many fantastic restaurants, shops, entertainment venues and nightlife spots along with a variety of housing choices. For outdoor enthusiasts, the city offers 37 parks and an Ames Trail System with 55 miles of bike routes.
The most striking thing about Ames, though, might be how much its residents love living here. Hometown pride keeps locals engaged and active in the community, and always working to make this great city even better.