Ames, IA

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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2022 Population
125,273
0.357% 1-year growth
US Senator
Chuck Grassley
Republican Party
US Senator
Joni Ernst
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
29.6
0.671% 1-year decrease
2022 Poverty Rate
16.8%
2.21% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$68,107
6.73% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$216,000
13.2% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
67,445
3.04% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Ames, IA had a population of 125k people with a median age of 29.6 and a median household income of $68,107. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Ames, IA grew from 124,827 to 125,273, a 0.357% increase and its median household income grew from $63,814 to $68,107, a 6.73% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Ames, IA are White (Non-Hispanic) (84.9%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (5.74%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (3.36%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (2.13%), and White (Hispanic) (1.33%).

None of the households in Ames, IA reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

95.1% of the residents in Ames, IA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Ames, IA are Iowa State University (8,469 degrees awarded in 2022) and PCI Academy-Ames (85 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Ames, IA was $216,000, and the homeownership rate was 61%.

Most people in Ames, IA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 18.8 minutes. The average car ownership in Ames, IA was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Ames, IA is home to a population of 125k people, from which 95.1% are citizens. As of 2022, 7.34% of Ames, IA residents were born outside of the country (9.2k people).

In 2022, there were 14.8 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (106k people) in Ames, IA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 7.19k Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 4.2k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

95.1%
2022 Citizenship
94.8%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 95.1% of Ames, IA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Ames, IA was 94.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Ames, IA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    106k ± 482
  2. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
    7.19k ± 325
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    4.2k ± 605
3.59%
Hispanic Population
4.5k people

In 2022, there were 14.8 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (106k people) in Ames, IA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 7.19k Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 4.2k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

3.59% of the people in Ames, IA are hispanic (4.5k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Ames, IA as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    42,604 ± 5,034 people
  2. India
    12,351 ± 2,723 people
  3. Vietnam
    7,795 ± 2,165 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Iowa was Mexico, the natal country of 42,604 Iowa residents, followed by India with 12,351 and Vietnam with 7,795.

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Foreign-Born Population

7.34%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
9.2k people
7.62%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
9.52k people

As of 2022, 7.34% of Ames, IA residents (9.2k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Ames, IA was 7.62%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    1,533 ± 217
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    1,374 ± 318
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    428 ± 111

Ames, IA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.12 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Ames, IA employs 67.4k people. The largest industries in Ames, IA are Educational Services (14,495 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (7,967 people), and Retail Trade (7,527 people), and the highest paying industries are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($75,833), Utilities ($70,909), and Public Administration ($67,618).

Males in Iowa have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $54,745. The income inequality in Iowa (measured using the Gini index) is 0.442, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

67.4k
2022 Value
± 1,923
3.04%
1 Year growth
± 3.92%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Ames, IA grew at a rate of 3.04%, from 65.5k employees to 67.4k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Ames, IA, are Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (7,910 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (6,798 people), and Management Occupations (6,769 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Ames, IA.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

67.4k
2022 Value
± 1,923
3.04%
1 Year growth
± 3.92%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Ames, IA grew at a rate of 3.04%, from 65.5k employees to 67.4k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Ames, IA, are Educational Services (14,495 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (7,967 people), and Retail Trade (7,527 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Ames, IA, though some of these residents may live in Ames, IA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$45,133
Median earning men ± $1,740
$32,798
Median earning women ± $1,805

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Public Administration ($72,011), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($70,114), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($65,071).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Construction ($75,472), Public Administration ($64,157), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($48,765).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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1.48%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 1.57M people employed in Iowa. This represents a 1.48% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 10.9%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Iowa.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 648
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 524
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 468
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Iowa went to Donald J. Trump with 52.8% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (44.6%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.16%).

Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst are the senators currently representing the state of Iowa. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Iowa is currently represented by 4 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Iowa

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Chuck Grassley
Senator from Iowa3
Assumed office on January 3, 1981
Joni Ernst
Senator from Iowa2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015

Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst are the senators currently representing Iowa.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from Iowa

Iowa is currently represented by 4 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Iowa have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Ames, IA awarded 8,554 degrees. The student population of Ames, IA in 2022 is skewed towards men, with 16,421 male students and 13,674 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Ames, IA are White (6,357 and 81.2%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (460 and 5.88%), Unknown (301 and 3.84%), and Asian (291 and 3.72%).

The largest universities in Ames, IA by number of degrees awarded are Iowa State University (8,469 and 99%) and PCI Academy-Ames (85 and 0.994%).

The most popular majors in Ames, IA are Mechanical Engineering (406 and 4.75%), Information Technology (326 and 3.81%), and General Marketing & Marketing Management (300 and 3.51%).

The median tuition cost in Ames, IA for a public four year colleges is $8,678 for in-state students and $25,162 for out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Ames, IA, the percentage of applicants admitted was 90.2%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 29%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 30,095 (54.6% men and 45.4% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 30,095 students enrolled in Ames, IA, 54.6% men and 45.4% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 21,725 records, of which 46.1% were women and 53.9% men.

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Concentrations

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Ames, IA was Mechanical Engineering with 406 degrees awarded.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 8,469 degrees awarded
  2. 85 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Iowa State University with 8,469 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 4,521 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Ames, IA, which is 1.12 times more than the 4,033 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 6,357 degrees mean that there were 13.8 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 460 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Public, 4-year or above ($8,678) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($1,455) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($1,000) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.66% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.685% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (751k), Some college (564k), and Bachelors Degree (469k).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Ames, IA was $216,000 in 2022, which is 0.766 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $190,800 to $216,000, a 13.2% increase. The homeownership rate in Ames, IA is 61%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Ames, IA have an average commute time of 18.8 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Ames, IA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Ames, IA is $68,107. In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Ames, IA was Dallas County, IA with a value of $99,533, followed by Warren County, IA and Madison County, IA, with respective values of $89,741 and $88,110.

Property

$216,000
Median Property Value 2022
±$4,553
$30,071
Median Property Taxes
±$1,065

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Rent vs Own

61%
Homeownership
2022
63.5%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 61% of the housing units in Ames, IA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 61%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Ames, IA was Dallas County, IA with a value of $99,533, followed by Warren County, IA and Madison County, IA, with respective values of $89,741 and $88,110.

The following map shows all of the counties in Ames, IA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$68,107
Median Household Income
± $1,574
49.3k
Number of Households
± 1,579

In 2022, the median household income of the 49.3k households in Ames, IA grew to $68,107 from the previous year's value of $63,814.

The following chart displays the households in Ames, IA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Ames, IA is from Iowa.
0.442
2022 Wage GINI in Iowa
0.439
2021 Wage GINI in Iowa

In 2022, the income inequality in Iowa was 0.442 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.723% growth from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for Iowa was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Iowa in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (72.2%)
  2. Worked At Home (9.63%)
  3. Carpooled (7.4%)

In 2022, 72.2% of workers in Ames, IA drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (9.63%) and those who carpooled to work (7.4%).

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Commute Time

18.8 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Ames, IA have a shorter commute time (18.8 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.23% of the workforce in Ames, IA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Ames, IA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Ames, IA have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

16.8% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Ames, IA (18.9k out of 113k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 18 - 24, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Females 25 - 34.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Ames, IA is White, followed by Asian and Two Or More.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

95% of the population of Ames, IA has health coverage, with 63.5% on employee plans, 8.3% on Medicaid, 10.4% on Medicare, 11.8% on non-group plans, and 1.06% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Iowa see 1347 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.737% decrease from the previous year (1357 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1436 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 569 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,347 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Iowa

Primary care physicians in Iowa see an average of 1,347 patients per year. This represents a 0.737% decrease from the previous year (1,357 patients).

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 20.5% under 18 years, 35.9% between 18 and 34 years, 29.9% between 35 and 64 years, and 13.6% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 51.2% were men and 48.8% were women.

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Uninsured People

4.95%
Uninsured
63.5%
Employer Coverage
8.3%
Medicaid
10.4%
Medicare
11.8%
Non-Group
1.06%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Ames, IA declined by 0.871% from 4.99% to 4.95%.

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