Best Places to Live in Ames, Iowa

College town - Central Iowa, 25 miles north of Des Moines
Pros
-College-town amenities
-Steady employment
-Cost of living
Cons
-Outdoor recreation
-Low diversity
-Harsh winters

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What Bert Has To Say About Ames Metro Area

Home to land-grant Iowa State University, Ames is a pleasant college town a short distance north of Des Moines along I-35. Downtown is typical of most small college towns, clean, attractive and containing a variety of independent small businesses. The economic base is steady, anchored by the university and other state agencies and an assortment of mostly agricultural, pharmaceutical and biotech-related manufacturing and research facilities for companies like 3M, BASF, Ball Plastics and Boehringer Ingleheim.


QUICK FACTS

Real Estate: For Sale  For Rent
Country: United States
State: Iowa
County: Story County
Metro Area: Ames Metro Area
City: Ames
Zip Codes: 50010 50014 50012 50011
Time zone: Central Standard Time (CST)
Elevation: 921 ft above sea level

Highlights

ECONOMY
The unemployment rate in Ames is 3.20% (U.S. avg. is 5.20%). Recent job growth is Positive. Ames jobs have increased by 1.80%. Learn More...
COST OF LIVING
Compared to the rest of the country, Ames's cost of living is 1.40% lower than the U.S. average. Learn More... or Compare Ames's Cost of Living
POPULATION
Ames's population is 65,060 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 37.85%. Learn More...
TRANSPORTATION
Average Commute time is 18 minutes. The National Average is 26 minutes. Learn More...
REAL ESTATE
The median home cost in Ames is $187,250. Home appreciation the last 10 years has been 14.40%. Check out the homes in the area.
SCHOOLS
Ames public schools spend $11,680 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,383. There are about 14.6 students per teacher in Ames. Learn More...

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Housing Market in Ames

It's a good time to buy in Ames. Home Appreciation is up 3.5% in the last 12 months. Browse Ames Real Estate.

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Reviews for Ames    12 Reviews
From California to Iowa - 9/30/2012
Hello, I am in San Jose Ca, but am seriously thinking of moving somewhere much slower for a better quality of living. I've just turned 59, so I'm kinda preparing for... (Read More)

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Good and Bad - 2/5/2012
Like every other city Ames has both good and bad points. The good points are: low cost of living, very friendly people, lots of outdoor activities and quite a few events... (Read More)

Cost of Living in Ames, Iowa - 12/18/2010
Ames enjoys a high quality of life at a very affordable cost, substantially lower than many other communities. The presence of Iowa State University, a large (28,000... (Read More)


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ZIP CODES IN AMES, IOWA
50010 50014 50012 50011