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  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    A
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B
  12. Commute
    A+
Ames is a town in Iowa with a population of 65,937. Ames is in Story County and is one of the best places to live in Iowa. Living in Ames offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents rent their homes. In Ames there are a lot of bars, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Ames and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Ames are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$196,400
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$905
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    59%
  • Own
    41%
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Ames Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    75.6
    282.7
  • Murder
    1.5
    6.1
  • Rape
    72.6
    40.7
  • Robbery
    34.1
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    367.6
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,611.3
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    84.5
    284

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    8%
  • 10-17 years
    4%
  • 18-24 years
    43%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    8%
  • 45-54 years
    7%
  • 55-64 years
    7%
  • 65+ years
    10%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    31%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    32%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    23%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    13%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    2%
    13%

Working in Ames

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$46,127
National
$55,322
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Ames Reviews

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The University is the main feature of the City of Ames. It is a beautiful campus with a variety of different features and amenities available to the students attending the university, as well as the citizens of the city. Within the city there is an average level of entertainment: two movie theatres, a variety of restaurants to suit your fancy, a mall for shopping, as well as beautiful areas to hike and relax in nature. I think were the city lacks is that it doesn't have more to offer in the terms of shopping, as well as activities that people could enjoy: for example paintball, fire arm ranges, night clubs of a higher caliber than just for college students getting intoxicated. Overall I believe Ames is a great place to live, it may not have everything that I would like, but I love the city for what it is... a place of potential!
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Ames is awesome! It partially has a big city feel but also in the more residential part has a very small town feel. There is a lot to do here and if you get bored in Ames, it isn't too far away from Des Moines. The people here are super nice and pretty accepting. I have lived here for only a year and it feels like home already.
Ames is a great place to live! It has a beautiful college campus and a unique Main Street. It has many parks and is family friendly. The city has great tasting water and was recently awarded best water in Iowa. One thing that I'd like to see change would be the cost of rent. Due to the high demand and student population, rent prices have skyrocketed, making it difficult for students and families to afford housing.