211 reviews
  1. Town in Iowa
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B+
  3. Real Estate
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    A
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    A-
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    C+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B-
  12. Commute
    A+

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$174,300
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$785
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    59%
  • Own
    41%

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    81
    273
  • Murder
    2
    6
  • Rape
    45
    41
  • Robbery
    25
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    308
    525
  • Theft
    1,527
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    68
    263

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$41,616
National
$53,889
Children
11%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    29%
    11%
  • 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
    3%
    13%
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools
  • Colleges

Ames Reviews

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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!
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Great town as a student OR for a family! Very safe, quiet but plenty to do. Not an overwhelming urban setting but you still have all you need. Very good high school, average university (unless you're in ag or engineering).
Ames is a quiet town with lots of eye-pleasing greens. My college Iowa State University is also located here, more than half of the residents of the town are actually ISU students and staff members. Personally, I think living here is relaxed and comfortable. Plus, Iowa State University makes this town special, because whenever there's a football game or any big events happening, Ames becomes so popular and lively. People in neighborhoods are cordial and kind, I really like studying and living here, this town is filled with delightfulness.