Ames, IA: What you need to know

Home to Iowa State University, Ames provides residents with a wide array of amenities that range from walking trails and golf courses to woodland parks and a vibrant downtown full of restaurants and cultural experiences. Ames is the setting for one of two national locations of the United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. It’s been ranked one of the best college towns in the country and many students come to study veterinary medicine.

Ames, IA City Profile

Quick Facts

Population 62,815
Median Age 23
Median Household Income $41,616
Median Home Price $174,300
Walkscore 39

Ames, IA Rankings

Ames , IA Real Estate

A special relationship between Ames and Iowa State University gives smart residents a place to call home

Attractions include ISU events, five golf courses, Main Street District

Ames , IA Business and Economy

Iowa State, hospital, Hy-Vee are major economic leaders

Ames , IA Schools

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Ames, IA Demographics

Population By Gender

  Male 52.6%
  Female 47.4%

Total Employed Armed Forces: 33
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Median Population

Median Age 23.2%
Age 18 Over 87.6%
Age 21 Over 66%
Age 62 Over 11.1%
Age 65 Over 8.7%


  Ethnicity White 84.1%
  Ethnicity Black 3.4%
  Ethnicity Asian 9.2%
  Ethnicity Hispanic 3%
  Ethnicity Indian 0.1%
  Ethnicity Other 0.4%


  Median Household Income $41,616
  Median Home Price $174,300
  Homes Owned 59%
  Homes Rent 41%
  Median Property Rent $785


  English Only 87.6%
  English Other 12.4%

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Commute Types

  Walked 10%
  Worked at Home 2.8%
  Public Transportation 9.1%
  Other Means 3.4%
  Drove Alone 68.5%
  Carpooled 6.2%

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