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1.67% growth
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1.26% growth


The economy of Ames, IA employs 34,978 people. The economy of Ames, IA is specialized in Educational Services; Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Hunting; and Accommodation & Food Service, which employ respectively 3.24; 1.99; and 1.24 times more people than what would be expected in a location of this size. The largest industries in Ames, IA are Educational Services (10,554), Healthcare & Social Assistance (3,906), and Retail trade (3,514), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($66,292), Transportation & Warehousing ($40,848), and Professional, Scientific, Tech Services ($35,422).

Median household income in Ames, IA is $41,278. Males in Ames, IA have an average income that is 1.01 times higher than the average income of females, which is $54,023. The income inequality of Ames, IA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.451 which is lower than the national average.


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Health & Safety

Insurance and Medicare coverage combined with state and county level health and safety statistics for Ames, IA. In Story County, IA the age groups most likely to have health care coverage are 18-24 and 18-24, men and women, respectively. The location has a 1 to 75 primary care clinician to patient ratio and a Medicare reimbursement average per patient per year of $7,694. Wapello County, IA has the highest prevalence of homicides of any county in Iowa.


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The closest comparable data for the census place of Ames, IA is from the county of Story County, IA.

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Ames, IA is home to a population of 64,073 people, from which 90.3% are citizens. The ethnic composition of the population of Ames, IA is composed of 51,907 White residents (81%), 6,142 Asian residents (9.6%), 2,079 Hispanic residents (3.24%), 1,931 Two+ residents (3.01%), and 1,870 Black residents (2.92%). The most common foreign languages in Ames, IA are Chinese (2,974 speakers), Spanish (1,098 speakers), and Arabic (430 speakers), but compared to other places, Ames, IA has a relative high number of Chinese (2,974 speakers), Other Pacific Island (259 speakers), and Other Slavic (143 speakers).


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In 2015 universities in Ames, IA awarded 7,899 degrees. The student population of Ames, IA is skewed away from females, with 4,074 male students and 3,825 female students. Most students in Ames, IA are White (5,888 and 74.5%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (284 and 3.6%), Unknown (268 and 3.39%), and Asian (200 and 2.53%). The largest universities in Ames, IA by number of graduates are Iowa State University (7,821 and 99%), PCI Academy-Ames (78 and 0.99%), and N/A (N/A and N/A). The most popular majors in Ames, IA are Mechanical Engineering (316 and 4%), Kinesiology & Exercise Science (236 and 2.99%), and General Marketing & Marketing Management (234 and 2.96%). The median tuition costs in Ames, IA are N/A for private four year colleges, and $7,098 and $20,462 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.



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Housing & Living

The median property value in Ames, IA is $176,500, which is 0.86 times smaller than the national average of $205,000. Between 2015 and 2016 the median property value increased from $174,300 to $176,500, a 1.26% increase. The homeownership rate of Ames, IA is 40.3%, which is lower than the national average of 63.6%. People in Ames, IA have an average commute time of 15.5 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Ames, IA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.


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