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Income/capita 21%
Household income 25%
Unemployment 16%
IndexAmesIowaNational
Income per capita$23,519$28,872$29,829
Median household income$41,278$54,570$55,322
Median income owner occupied$86,721$66,527$70,586
Median income renter occupied$23,428$30,828$35,192
Median earnings male$13,419$37,409$36,919
Median earnings female$10,822$25,115$26,250
Unemployment rate3.9%3.1%4.7%
Poverty level30.1%12.3%15.1%

Key findings

  • The income per capita in Ames is 21% lower than the national average
  • The median household income in Ames is 25% lower than the national average
  • Male median earnings are 41% higher than female median earnings
  • The unemployment rate in Ames is 16% lower than the national average
  • The poverty level in Ames is 99% higher than the national average

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      am i middle class

      $Input your household income
      $27,515$41,278$82,556
      City
      $36,376$54,570$109,140
      State
      $36,877$55,322$110,644
      Nation
      According to the PEW research center, the middle class is defined as a range from two thirds (2/3) of the median household income to a multiple of two (2) times the median household income. Displayed above are the city, state and national median household income averages. Simply enter your median household income to determine if your income falls into the middle class or if your household income is considered upper or lower class.

      Ames median earnings by income bracket

      Ames employment by industry

      Labour TypeMaleFemale
      Construction industry5.1%1.4%
      Manufacturing sector13.2%2.7%
      Financial & insurance services1.9%2.7%
      Wholesale & retail services11.3%10.9%
      Public administration4.8%2.9%
      Transportation, warehousing & utilities2.9%0.5%
      Education, health & social services31.0%52.2%
      Other28.2%23.5%

      Nearby cities with high median household income

      City, StatePopulationHousehold IncomeNational Avg.
      Alleman, IA499$90,83364%
      Gilbert, IA1,183$87,91759%
      Kelley, IA306$73,75033%
      Roland, IA1,312$71,97930%
      Maxwell, IA839$70,13927%
      Ames, IA64,073$41,27825%

      Cities with similar population

      City, StatePopulationHousehold IncomeNational Avg.
      Daytona Beach, FL64,105$29,58747%
      Conway, AR64,184$47,19015%
      Janesville, WI63,880$50,3009%
      Lodi, CA63,842$51,1398%
      Tamarac, FL63,747$44,39920%
      Ames, IA64,073$41,27825%
      Source: The Ames, IA employment data displayed above is derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).