Ames, IA Profile: Facts & Data


Ames Local Links & Resources:
Hotels | Resources | ALL Ames Content

Also See: Ames, IA ZIP Codes & ZIP Code Maps | Local Area Photos

Ames, Iowa - Basic Facts

Real Estate Resources

The City of Ames is the 8th largest city in Iowa with a population of 66,239 as of July 1, 2018. 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, 2018.

Explore a Iowa Address and get...

Boundary Maps, Demographic Data, School Zones Input an address to see boundary maps and recent demographic data for the neighborhood, city, county, and ZIP Code. You'll also find the school attendance zones for that address. For a rapid response, use this format: 321 Main Street, City, IA 12345.


Ames, IA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 66,239
Population in Households 55,032
Population in Familes 29,002
Population in Group Qrtrs 11,207
Population Density1 2,720
Diversity Index2 41


Median Household Income $49,941
Average Household Income $69,266
Per Capita Income $26,803


Total Housing Units 25,731 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 10,553 (41.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 13,870 (53.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,309 ( 5.1%)
Median Home Value $195,386
Average Home Value $221,665


Total Households 24,422
Average Household Size 2.25
Family Households 10,521
Average Family Size 3
  1. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 1.42% 0.77%
Households 0.86% 0.91%
Families 0.66% 0.74%
Median Household Income   1.09%
Per Capita Income   1.7%

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, 2018 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 Density # 6 100th
Diversity Index # 35 97th
Median Household Income # 749 26th
Per Capita Income # 680 33rd

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Iowa Census Data Comparison Tool.

Quick & Easy Ways to...

  1. Get Current Demographic Data for Cities, Towns, and ZIP Codes
  2. Explore a Local Address and get...
  3. View Boundary Maps, for Cities, Towns, and ZIP Codes
  4. Locate Physical, Cultural, and Historical Features
  5. Research Public Schools & Attendance Zones

Iowa Census Data Comparison Tool

Compare Iowa July 1, 2018 Data
Highest or Lowest: