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Ames, Iowa - Basic Facts

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The City of Ames is the 8th largest city in Iowa with a population of 63,516 as of July 1, 2016. Ames ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Iowa. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Ames is located at latitude 42.026 and longitude -93.6277 in Story County. The formal boundaries for the City of Ames (see map below) encompass a land area of 24.35 sq. miles and a water area of 0.2 sq. miles. Story County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 948 feet.

The City of Ames (GNIS ID: 2393947) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Ames is located within Township of Washington, a minor civil division (MCD) of Story County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Ames population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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Ames, IA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 63,516
Population in Households 53,700
Population in Familes 29,070
Population in Group Qrtrs 9,816
Population Density1 2,608
Diversity Index2 35


Total Households 23,961
Average Household Size 2.24
Family Households 10,415
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 25,103 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 9,926 (39.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 14,035 (55.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,142 ( 4.5%)
Median Home Value $194,902
Average Home Value $217,671


Median Household Income $46,521
Average Household Income $64,869
Per Capita Income $25,613
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.19% 0.57%
Households 0.82% 0.72%
Families 0.71% 0.58%
Median Household Income   2.06%
Per Capita Income   1.85%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Ames, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Ames to the other 1,009 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Iowa by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 8 99th
Population Density1 # 7 99th
Diversity Index2 # 47 95th
Median Household Income # 727 28th
Per Capita Income # 624 38th

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