Ames is a town in Iowa with just over 65,000 residents. Young adults (15-24) make up a larger portion of the population here (45%) than nationally (14%), meaning they will find a surplus of activities, while middle-aged professionals are less well-represented. At an average age of just under 32, the city's residents are notably younger than most cities in Iowa, ranking as the third-youngest municipality in the state. The majority of Ames residents rent, and 40% of residents own their homes despite paying roughly $160/month more in rent than the state average.
Workers are spread across a plethora of industries in Ames. The four most common are education, entertainment, retail, and healthcare. Combined, these industries account for 35% of the workforce in the city. Ames workers take home an average annual income of just under $62,000, a bit less than their peers elsewhere in Iowa. The city's average income also falls below the national average of $73,345. Ames has a large number of residents over the age of 25 who have advanced degrees compared to the national average (7%), as 13% possess a Master's or a Doctorate. Further, 14% possess a Bachelor's degree.
With an average commute time of about 18 minutes, outperforming most cities in Iowa, Ames residents have found that getting to work isn't overly time-consuming. Driving a car or truck is the typical mode of getting to work, opted for by 39% of commuters, while public transportation isn't widely used. Relatively few residents (5%) commute to work on foot, though the number far surpasses the national average.
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