Ames, IA Profile: Facts & Data


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Ames, Iowa - Basic Facts

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.

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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 Density2 2,720
Diversity Index3 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. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. 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.


2010-2018 2018-2023
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

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