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Best Places To Live In Ames, IA

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  • Ames, IA
  • Your matching location
  • Population: 64,073
  • I moved to Ames almost nine years ago to attend Iowa State University (ISU) after growing up near New York City. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine falling in love with this city and staying here…[read more]
Nearby Areas With A High Livability Score88
  • Boone, IA
  • City: 12.7mi / 20.4km away
  • Population: 12,609
  • I had a refreshing experience while living in Boone Iowa. The city is located in Boone County. Boone is close to Jefferson North Carolina. The town has great educational resources. It houses both public…[read more]
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  • Polk City, IA
  • City: 18.1mi / 29.1km away
  • Population: 4,115
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  • Garden City, IA
  • City: 19.3mi / 31.0km away
  • Population: 99
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  • Gilbert, IA
  • City: 5.7mi / 9.2km away
  • Population: 1,183
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  • Jewell Junction, IA
  • City: 19.6mi / 31.6km away
  • Population: 1,230
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  • Granger, IA
  • City: 20.8mi / 33.5km away
  • Population: 1,461
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  • Alleman, IA
  • City: 14.6mi / 23.4km away
  • Population: 499
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  • Huxley, IA
  • City: 9.2mi / 14.8km away
  • Population: 3,474
81
  • Nevada, IA
  • City: 8.6mi / 13.8km away
  • Population: 6,796
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  • Story City, IA
  • City: 11.2mi / 18.1km away
  • Population: 3,423
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  • Roland, IA
  • City: 11.6mi / 18.7km away
  • Population: 1,312
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  • Slater, IA
  • City: 10.6mi / 17.0km away
  • Population: 1,617
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  • Maxwell, IA
  • City: 15.1mi / 24.3km away
  • Population: 839
79
  • Zearing, IA
  • City: 19.3mi / 31.0km away
  • Population: 563
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  • Luther, IA
  • City: 10.7mi / 17.2km away
  • Population: 147
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  • Madrid, IA
  • City: 14.3mi / 23.1km away
  • Population: 2,585
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  • Kelley, IA
  • City: 5.5mi / 8.9km away
  • Population: 306
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  • Hubbard, IA
  • City: 25.6mi / 41.1km away
  • Population: 891
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  • Woodward, IA
  • City: 19.3mi / 31.0km away
  • Population: 1,621
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  • Stratford, IA
  • City: 22.7mi / 36.6km away
  • Population: 645
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  • Sheldahl, IA
  • City: 11.7mi / 18.9km away
  • Population: 249
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  • Fraser, IA
  • City: 19.1mi / 30.8km away
  • Population: 165
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  • Colo, IA
  • City: 15.9mi / 25.6km away
  • Population: 886
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  • Elkhart, IA
  • City: 17.0mi / 27.4km away
  • Population: 815
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  • Ellsworth, IA
  • City: 19.8mi / 31.8km away
  • Population: 574
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  • Cambridge, IA
  • City: 9.8mi / 15.7km away
  • Population: 853
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  • Collins, IA
  • City: 18.5mi / 29.8km away
  • Population: 458
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  • Randall, IA
  • City: 14.6mi / 23.6km away
  • Population: 188
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  • Stanhope, IA
  • City: 20.1mi / 32.4km away
  • Population: 406
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  • McCallsburg, IA
  • City: 15.5mi / 24.9km away
  • Population: 325
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  • Mingo, IA
  • City: 25.2mi / 40.6km away
  • Population: 255
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  • Bouton, IA
  • City: 23.1mi / 37.2km away
  • Population: 161

Listed above are the best places to live in Ames, IA for 2021. The list of best places is compiled using the AreaVibes Livability Score which is calculated from a score out of 100 and based on various categories. These categories include: amenities, cost of living, crime rates, education, employment, housing and weather. Displayed first is the matching location - Ames, IA, followed by the best places to live near Ames, IA, sorted by Livability Score.

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