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Pros

-College-town amenities
-Steady employment
-Cost of living

Cons

-Outdoor recreation
-Low diversity
-Harsh winters


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.

Highlights


College town - Central Iowa, 25 miles north of Des Moines See Local Real Estate
Country: United States
State: Iowa
County: Story County
Metro Area: Ames Metro Area
Real Estate: For Sale  For Rent
Schools: See Local Schools
City: Ames
Zip Codes: 50010, 50014, ... 4 total
Time zone: Central Standard Time (CST)
Elevation: 921 ft above sea level

Quick Facts About Ames


    ECONOMY
    The unemployment rate in Ames is 3.20 percent (U.S. avg. is 5.20%). Recent job growth is Positive. Ames jobs have Increased by 1.80 percent. Learn more...
    COST OF LIVING
    Compared to the rest of the country, Ames's cost of living is 1.40% Lower than the U.S. average. Learn more... or Compare Ames's Cost of Living
    POPULATION
    Ames's population is 65,060 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 37.85 percent. 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 $187,250. Home appreciation the last 10 years has been 14.40%. Check out the homes in the area.
    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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  9/30/2012
From California to Iowa

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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  2/5/2012
Good and Bad

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)

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  12/18/2010
Cost of Living in Ames, Iowa

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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