Population: 55,817

Male 53% Female 47%
Married 39%
Single 61%

City rating

This rating is a weighted average of commute time, crime rate, population, median salary, and more.


Overall value

This score adds annual household income and cost of living to the city rating.


Density (Population per mile²)

Compared to New York, Ames has a very low population density. Ames is perfect for those who like a quiet city.

2,588 Ames
27,441 New York

City Info

With a quality of life rating of 8/10 and an overall value of 6/10, there are many things to love about Ames, IA, but there are also a few factors that may not be the best fit for everyone. Most homeowners will be happy in Ames, but be sure to visit first to make sure it’s the best place for you.

Population density is a way of determining how crowded an area is. Ames has a population density of 2,588, with 55,817 current residents.

Out of the 55,817 current residents, 53% are male and 47% are female. 39% of the residents are married and 61% are single.



Air quality

Best air quality


  • 55% Sun
  • 31% Rain
  • 28% Snow


48°F average temperature

  • 31 years Median home age
  • $82,170 Median home price
  • 1.32% Home appreciation rate
  • 13.13% Annual property tax
  • 44.2%
    Homes owned
  • 49.9%
    Homes rented
  • 5.9%
    Homes vacant


As for living in Ames, the air quality is 95% and the weather, on average, is 55% sunny, 31% rainy, and 28% snowy. The average temperature is 48°F.

Whether you’re looking to buy or rent a home in Ames, you should know that 44.2% of homes are owned while 49.9% of homes are rented, and 5.9% of homes are vacant. The median price of a home is $82,170, the median age of homes is 31 years, the annual home appreciation is 1.32% and the annual property tax is 13.13%.



Religious diversity

  • Crime rate (per 100,000)

  • Average age

  • Political majority

    Democrat Democrat


When looking at the community of Ames, it’s important to determine the crime rate. Ames’s crime rate is 6 total number of crimes reported per 100,000 total population. The average age of residents in Ames is 25 years and the breakdown of political affiliations is 56.99% Democratic, 40.78% Republican, and 2.23% Independent.






Student teacher ratio 1:13


  • Management, Business, Art & Sciences
  • Sales & Office Occupations
  • Service Occupations
  • Production, Transportation & Material Moving
  • Natural Resources, Construction & Maintenance
  • 95%
    High school diploma
  • 6%
    Some college or associates degree
  • 31%
    Bachelors degree
  • 28%
    Graduate or professional degree


When looking at Ames, it’s important to understand employment statistics. 3.50% of residents are unemployed in Ames (which does not include the percentage of residents who are no longer in the labor force). Of the employed Ames residents: 10.7% of employed residents work in the management and business field, 37.17% are in the arts and sciences field, 15.4% are in the customer service field, 24.4% are in the sales field, 1.11% work in farming, fishing, and forestry, 4.8% of employed residents work in the construction field, and 6.4% work in production. When it comes to education, the ratio of teachers to students is 1:13. The percentage of residents who have graduated high school is 95.37%, 5.73% of residents have an associate’s degree, 30.70% of residents have a bachelor’s degree, and 28.19% have a master’s degree.



Average commute time

Daily breakdown: by transport type

  • Public
  • Car
  • Carpool
  • Work at home


If you plan on commuting to work in Ames, you should be aware that the average commute time is 17 minutes, compared to the national average commute time of 26 minutes. When it comes to commuting, residents of Ames have a few different options. 67% of commuters use their own cars, 9% of commuters carpool, 6% of commuters use the transit system, and 3% of residents work from home.

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