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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 65,221 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

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Ames, IA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 65,221
Daytime Population: Workers 40,522
Daytime Population: Residents 32,968
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 73,490
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.13
Population in Households 54,496
Population in Familes 29,345
Population in Group Qrtrs 10,725
Population Density2 2,679
Diversity Index3 39


Median Household Income $49,762
Average Household Income $66,511
Per Capita Income $25,989


Total Housing Units 25,419 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 10,135 (39.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 14,136 (55.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,148 ( 4.5%)
Median Home Value $192,623
Average Home Value $215,318


Total Households 24,271
Average Household Size 2.25
Family Households 10,494
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 1.4% 0.69%
Households 0.89% 0.86%
Families 0.72% 0.7%
Median Household Income   1.43%
Per Capita Income   2.31%

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, 2017 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 # 7 99th
Diversity Index # 43 96th
Median Household Income # 700 31st
Per Capita Income # 645 36th

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