Ames

202 reviews
  1. Town in Iowa
A+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B+
  3. Real Estate
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    A
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    A-
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    C+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B-
  12. Commute
    A+

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$172,600
National
$176,700
Median Rent
$774
National
$904
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    58%
  • Own
    42%

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    59
    264
  • Murder
    0
    5
  • Rape
    37
    37
  • Robbery
    24
    135
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    306
    575
  • Theft
    1,441
    2,114
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    40
    257

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$42,373
National
$53,046
Children
11%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    29%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    33%
    18%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    23%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    12%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    3%
    14%
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools
  • Colleges

Reviews

202 reviews
  • Excellent
    28
  • Very Good
    101
  • Average
    67
  • Poor
    6
  • Terrible
    0
Ames is a quiet town with lots of eye-pleasing greens. My college Iowa State University is also located here, more than half of the residents of the town are actually ISU students and staff members. Personally, I think living here is relaxed and comfortable. Plus, Iowa State University makes this town special, because whenever there's a football game or any big events happening, Ames becomes so popular and lively. People in neighborhoods are cordial and kind, I really like studying and living here, this town is filled with delightfulness.
  • Current Resident
  • 2 months ago
It's a good blend of a college town and family housing. The scenery is varied, including large parks, some farmsteads, tree stands and patches of woods and prairie. Ames is one of the most connected cities in Iowa in terms of paths and trails. We have great educational programs that are striving for hands on learning. We also have plenty of local flavor and people are proud of the local scene and products. I myself work at a one-of-a-kind natural, contemporary grocery store that keeps in touch with the local culture. It really is a great place to raise kids.
  • Current Resident
  • 3 months ago
When I first moved to Ames, Iowa four years ago to attend Iowa State University, I knew very little about the city. But over the years, Ames has become more than just the city in which I reside-this is the place I call home. The area surrounding the university has its own typical college town vibe, but the locals are what makes this city truly unique. Despite the size of the city, Ames residents have formed a close knit community similar to those you might find in a small town. This is a community where everyone is welcome, no matter how different a person may be. In Ames, there are no such thing as strangers. Just a new friend to be made.
  • Current Resident
  • 2 months ago