Best Places to Live in Ames, Iowa

College town - Central Iowa, 25 miles north of Des Moines
Pros
-College-town amenities
-Steady employment
-Cost of living
Cons
-Outdoor recreation
-Low diversity
-Harsh winters

Local Listings in Ames, IA
 $169,000 
121 Kingsbury Ave
Bed 2 | Bath 1.0 | 1178 SqFt
 $169,000 
121 Kingsbury Ave
Bed 2 | Bath 1.0 | 1178 SqFt
 $169,900 
3901 Ontario St
Bed 3 | Bath 2.0 | 1017 SqFt
 $205,000 
700 Ken Maril Rd
Bed 4 | Bath 2.0 | 1274 SqFt

What Bert Has To Say About Ames Metro Area

Home to land-grant Iowa State University, Ames is a pleasant college town a short distance north of Des Moines along I-35. Downtown is typical of most small college towns, clean, attractive and containing a variety of independent small businesses. The economic base is steady, anchored by the university and other state agencies and an assortment of mostly agricultural, pharmaceutical and biotech-related manufacturing and research facilities for companies like 3M, BASF, Ball Plastics and Boehringer Ingleheim.


QUICK FACTS

Real Estate: For Sale  For Rent
Country: United States
State: Iowa
County: Story County
Metro Area: Ames Metro Area
Political Ideology: Somewhat liberal
City: Ames
Zip Codes: 50010 50014 50012 50011
Time zone: Central Standard Time (CST)
Elevation: 921 ft above sea level

Highlights

ECONOMY
The unemployment rate in Ames is 3.2% (U.S. avg. is 5.2%). Recent job growth is Positive. Ames jobs have increased by 1.80%. Learn More...

COST OF LIVING
Compared to the rest of the country, Ames's cost of living is 6.60% lower than the U.S. average. Learn More... or Compare Ames's Cost of Living

VOTING
Story county voted Democratic in the previous five Presidential elections. More Voting Stats

POPULATION
Ames's population is 65,060 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 37.85%. Learn More...

TRANSPORTATION
Average Commute time is 18 minutes. The National Average is 26 minutes. Learn More...

REAL ESTATE
The median home cost in Ames is $177,100. Home appreciation the last 10 years has been 9.10%. Check out the homes in the area or Find top agents in Ames

SCHOOLS
Ames public schools spend $11,680 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,383. There are about 14.6 students per teacher in Ames. Learn More...


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Housing Market in Ames

It's a good time to buy in Ames. Home Appreciation is up 9.1% in the last 12 months. Browse Ames Real Estate or Find top agents in Ames

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Reviews for Ames   12 Reviews
From California to Iowa - 9/30/2012
Hello, I am in San Jose Ca, but am seriously thinking of moving somewhere much slower for a better quality of living. I've just turned 59, so I'm kinda preparing for... Read More

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Good and Bad - 2/5/2012
Like every other city Ames has both good and bad points. The good points are: low cost of living, very friendly people, lots of outdoor activities and quite a few events... Read More

Cost of Living in Ames, Iowa - 12/18/2010
Ames enjoys a high quality of life at a very affordable cost, substantially lower than many other communities. The presence of Iowa State University, a large (28,000... Read More


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ZIP CODES IN AMES, IOWA
50010 50014 50012 50011

NEW LISTINGS IN AMES IA
$169,000
121 Kingsbury Ave
Bed 2 | Bath 1.0 |

$169,900
3901 Ontario St
Bed 3 | Bath 2.0 |

$205,000
700 Ken Maril Rd
Bed 4 | Bath 2.0 |

$184,500
619 Carroll Ave
Bed 4 | Bath 3.0 |

$159,900
1223 Scholl Rd
Bed 2 | Bath 2.0 |

$160,000
305 S Wilmoth Ave
Bed 1 | Bath 1.0 |

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