Ames, Iowa

Population 59,941

Ames is located in Story County, IA. The population is 59,941, making Ames the largest city in Story County and the 7th largest city in the state of Iowa.

There are 8 public schools in Ames with an average Homefacts rating of B+. The total crime rate for Ames is low , and there are 59 registered sex offenders residing in the city. Unemployment in Ames is low and the median home sales price is $0. Detailed and up-to-date Ames property reports are available for any property address.

Cities near Ames include Washington Township, Franklin Township and Kelley.

Ames Neighborhood Report


School Rating is Very good
  • No High School Diploma: 2.6%
  • High School Graduate or Higher: 33.9%
  • Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 63.4%

Crime Rate

23.61% Lower than national avg.
  • Auto theft: 85
  • Violent Crimes: 198
  • Robbery: 31
  • Burglary: 202
  • Property Crime: 1
  • Larceny Theft: 1

Registered Offenders

40.17% Lower than national avg.
  • 59 offenders in Ames
  • 9.84 offenders/10,000 residents

Environmental Hazards

21 Found nearby
  • Brownfields: 0
  • Registered Polluters: 10
  • Superfunds: 11
  • Tanks & Spills: 0


Low 2.6%
  • Iowa unemployment average: 4.6%
  • National unemployment average: 6.2%

Property Values

Median Property Value $0

Schools view all

8 Public Schools view public schools

There are 8 K-12 public schools in Ames, IA and 2 private schools. Homefacts rates Ames's schools as Very good, with an overall B+ rating.

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59 Registered Offenders search the registered offender database

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*100 is national avg. Greater than 100 means higher crime, lower means less crime.
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Property Report Overview

Average Listing Price
$249,000 compared to April 2020
Median Sales Price
No Data

Median Home Value

Housing Inventory

Property Type
  • Vacant
  • Rented
  • Owned

Number Of Properties Per Bedroom (Distressed)

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441 Building Permits View All

  • In 2014, the city of Ames, IA issued 441 building permits. All permits issued were for Single Family Homes. Of those 441 permits, 91 were issued for single family homes and 350 were issued for multi-family homes.
  • In 2013, the city of Ames, IA issued 417 building permits. All permits issued were for Single Family Homes. Of those 417 permits, 127 were issued for single family homes and 290 were issued for multi-family homes.
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Fair Market Rents

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  • Property Type Rent
  • Studio: $696
  • 1 Bedroom: $720
  • 2 Bedrooms: $874
  • 3 Bedrooms: $1,212
  • 4 Bedrooms: $1,448

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Environmental Hazards

21 Environmental Hazards

Health Hazards

  • Air Quality HEALTHY (235/248)
    Ames, IA has 94.76% good air quality.
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  • Radon ZONE 1 COUNTY
    Ames, IA is a red zone.
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  • UV Index MODERATE 4.42 Average
    Ames, IA is a moderate risk area for ultra-violet rays.
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Average Monthly Temperature

  • January 18.2°
  • February 24.1°
  • March 37.8°
  • April 49.42°
  • May 64.27°
  • June 71.43°
  • July 74.58°
  • August 71.1°
  • September 62.82°
  • October 51.28°
  • November 38.5°
  • December 25.73°

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Natural Disasters

Probability of Natural Disasters for Ames, IA

Ames, IA has a very low risk of earthquakes.
Ames, IA has no risk of hurricanes.
Ames, IA has a very high risk of hail storms.
Ames, IA has a very high risk of tornadoes.

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Median Household Income

Median Household Income in Ames, IA: $41,278


Unemployment in Ames is 2.6%. It is lower than the state and national averages, 4.6% and 6.2% respectively

Workforce Breakdown

Blue Collar - 31.25%
White Collar - 68.75%


State Representatives

  • Gov. Terry E. Branstad
  • Sen. Joni Ernst
  • Sen. Chuck Grassley

City Representatives

  • Steve King

Neighborhood Info

1 Airport view all

Nearest Major Airports

30 FCC Towers view all

1 Hospital view all

1 Police Station view all

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