Population: 64,073Median home value: $176,500 79 Ranks better than 93% of areas

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A+ Ames Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
B- Ames Cost of Living Cost of living is 4% higher than Iowa
928% less expensive than the US average
8911% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Ames cost of living
B+ Ames Crime Total crime is 7% lower than Iowa
Total crime
2,24718% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 4518% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
9%Year over year crime is up
Ames crime
D Ames Employment Household income is 24% lower than Iowa
Median household income
$41,27825% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$23,51921% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%16% lower than the US average
Ames employment
F Ames Housing Home value is 33% higher than Iowa
Median home value
$176,5004% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$83512% lower than the US average
Home ownership
40%37% lower than the US average
Ames real estate or Ames rentals
A+ Ames Schools HS graduation rate is 9% higher than Iowa
High school grad. rates
96%16% higher than the US average
School test scores
87%77% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
13:116% lower than the US average
Ames K-12 schools or Ames colleges

Living in Ames, IA

Ames, Iowa is a moderately-sized city with a population of 64,073 people. If we take a look at the last Census, the vast majority of the population falls within one racial group (84% White). Given that fact, Ames could be considered less diverse than other cities. With an average age of 23 years old, Ames could be a great place to live for young adults as this age is well below the national average. If you are looking for a family friendly city, Ames might be a good fit as 85% of the population over 15 years old are married, and 60% have kids who are 18 years old or younger.

Are you trying to ascertain if living in Ames is the right fit for your lifestyle? To ensure a fulfilling experience before relocating to any new city in Iowa, you will probably want to make sure that you check all of the most important boxes. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like amenities, cost of living, education, housing, you can easily compare the best places to live in Ames and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Ames to Iowa and the national average.

With a livability score of 80 out of 100, Ames is ranked #1,886 in the United States and #94 in Iowa. Clearly, Ames is doing something right, as this score ranks well above the average of most cities. Ames also ranks in the top 10 percent of all cities, which is no small feat! Based on the grades for each individual category, Ames has been rewarded with high marks for amenities (A+), crime (A), cost of living (B-) and education (A+). There is at least one category that does not have great scores in Ames. The following was graded with a discouraging score: weather (F), employment (D) and housing (F).

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Ames on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Some of the interesting things to do and attractions include: Iowa State University, Reiman Gardens, and Butterfly Day Spa.

Crime rates can be the deciding factor for anyone looking to relocate to a new area. Ames gets top scores for their low violent crime rates of 184 crimes per 100,000 residents, which are significantly lower than the national average.

School test scores can be an important metric in deciding if the local area schools can provide a solid educational system for children. The schools in Ames have a test score average of 87%, which is well above the US average.

Ames real estate prices and overall affordability will play a huge role in determining if the area is the right fit for you. Of course there are probably some other items on your “wish list”, but even before they are considered, let’s take a look at the home prices and affordability in Ames. The median home price for Ames homes is $176,500, which is 32.9% higher than the Iowa average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Ames, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 4.3, which is 79.2% higher than the Iowa average. Purchasing your new home can come with many financial benefits, some of which are more lucrative than others. Perhaps the most notable benefit could be the appreciation of your new home. Home appreciation rates are a good way to generate tax-free equity on a long term basis. The year over year appreciation rates in Ames were 5.9%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 4.6%.

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Compare Ames, IA Livability To Other Cities

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Johnston, IA8424.219,491
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Ames: A College Town with a Neighborhood Feel

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 past graduation day. As a college town there is a never ending rotation of people moving in and out. Ames has such a sense of community and belonging, however, that once my school days at ISU ended, I couldn't bring myself to leave.

The sense of community is so high in Ames, in part, due to the importance of the neighborhoods that make up this unique city. Each neighborhood has a distinct and inviting feel, yet being a part of the Ames community is the glue that holds everyone together. When deciding to move to Ames, it's important to check out each neighborhood and see what each has to offer. There is no doubt the perfect neighborhood will make itself known the moment you reach it.

Since ISU is located in Ames, there are a lot of cultural and educational events and opportunities available year round. Ames is about 30 miles away from our state capital, Des Moines. Please make sure to pronounce it correctly as Da' Moi'n. Nothing screams newbie like pronouncing the ‘s' at the end of Des and Moines, one of the largest cities in our state.

Being that Ames is located in Iowa, the first caucus state, and a college town, it is a hot spot of political action during election years. Every resident can determine how this activity imposes on their day to day life, but any political junkie will find satisfaction living here. It's an interesting and educational look at our political process in action. It is definitely exciting to be in the middle of it during a presidential election year.
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