A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  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
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B
  12. Commute
    A+

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$176,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$835
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    60%
  • Own
    40%

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
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    78
    283
  • Murder
    2
    6
  • Rape
    45
    41
  • Robbery
    23
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    247
    500
  • Theft
    1,307
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    69
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$41,278
National
$55,322
Children
10%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    31%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    33%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    22%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    12%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    3%
    13%
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Ames is an amazing town to live in! My family and I just moved here, and the community has been incredibly welcoming. It is full of college students that sometimes make it hard to drive, but they are still very helpful. They have a wide variety of restaurants and places to shop. However, there isn't a mall or very many clothing stores. Ames is a great community, and I would definitely recommend it!
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I am a student at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. Ames is a fantastic city that suits people of all ages and al life stages, despite its being known as a college town. It is a safe environment for students to learn, parents to raise kids, and the elderly to settle down. It's easy to get yourself involved in community or religious activities as there are select activities to choose from during all seasons of the year. Ames has a wide variety of stores to meet all of your living needs, and if you want to go out and have a good time after Iowa State wins a crazy basketball game, there are so many restaurant choices. I promise you won't go hungry! Ames has gorgeous trails to explore in the summer and fall, and winters aren't so bad since there is an ice skating rink for perfect romantic dates with your significant other. Although I chose to live here for the sake of my education, I wouldn't hesitate to pursue a career and raise a family after graduation in this lovely city!
Ames gives you the hometown feeling while still being away from home. Although diversity is lacking, there are many different college clubs, grocery stores, and restaurants that will allow you to get your fill of diversity. Iowa State University is an all-inclusive institution which is extremely well set up for science, mathematics, and teaching fields. I graduated with a degree in a science major and have had absolutely zero regrets concerning either my education or the life experiences that I have gained while at the university.