Story County

Business and Economy in Ames, IA

Being a great place to live also means being a great place to work. A thriving economy helps the tax base (so there’s more money for city improvements) and helps a city attract and retain talent. The median household income in Ames, IA, is $41,616, and check out the following articles to get an inside look at its key industries and job opportunities.

Employment Overview

While employment opportunities often play a big part in why people move, a city’s unemployment rate also is a major indicator of an economy’s overall health. Regardless of whether personal employment is a factor, lower unemployment rates often mean a region is better able to attract and retain skilled workers, new industries and retailers. The statistics, here, should provide valuable insight into the health and diversity of Ames’s economy.

Employment Rate in Story County, IA

  Employed 98.3%
  Unemployed 1.7%

Occupations in Ames, IA

Employment in Ames, IA

Employment Armed Forces 0.1%
Employment Civilian Labor Force 65.7%
Employment Not in Labor Force 34.2%
Employment Total in Labor Force 65.8%

Industry in Ames, IA

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting and Mining 1.6%
Construction 4%
Manufacturing 8.9%
Wholesale Trade 0.8%
Retail Trade 10.6%
Transportation and Warehousing, and Utilities 1.8%
Information 1.9%
Finance and Insurance, and Real Estate and Rental and Leasing 3.1%
Professional, Scientific and Management and Administrative and Waste 7.1%
Educational Services and Health Care and Social Assistance 41.6%
Arts, Entertainment and recreation and Accommodation and food Services 11.8%
Other Services, Except Public Administration 3.2%
Public Administration 3.7%

Ames, IA Rankings