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Ames is a city in Story County.

The community was named after Oakes Ames, stockholder in the local railroad.

The latitude of Ames is 42.034N. The longitude is -93.619W.

It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 942 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 53,284.


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Median household income
Local
$36,042
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Ames demographic reports
Ames is on the Squaw and Skunk rivers.
The college suffered a severe fire in 1900. When trustees announced that dormitories would not be rebuilt, townspeople built large rooming houses.
Public transportation: CyRide (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 279. The number of murders and homicides was 0. The violent crime rate was 5.5 per 1,000 people.
Ranked No. 20 on 50 Best Places to Live list by Men's Journal magazine, 2002

Ranked No. 16 on the Best Places to Live and Work in America list, compiled by BestJobsUsa.com, 2002

Filming location for:
· 1996 movie, "Twister"
Well-known residents have included:
· Billy Sunday, evangelist
· Sara Paretsky, author
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Panera Bread, Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Partners Fall Festival - Oct. 7, 2007
  • Octagon Art Festival - Sept. 23, 2007
Dates often change. Check Ames web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Central Iowa Symphony
Nearby parks & recreation: Ledges State Park, Big Creek State Park, Reiman Gardens, Story County Conservation Center
Ames attractions: Iowa Arboretum
Historic sites and museums: Brunnier Art Museum, Carrie Chapman Catt Center, Farm House Museum
Colleges and universities: Iowa State University
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 74

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Ames demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Story County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Ames area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 50014 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

30% of Ames residents report German ancestry, and 10% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Ames ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Ames was $18,881, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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59% of Ames residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Housing & real estate

Median rent in Ames, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $532.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,089.


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Libraries in Ames include Ames Public Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Ames include Ames Tribune

TV stations in Ames include KPWB, WOI.

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WOI-FM., WOI-AM.

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Story County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Ames political report.

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The average commute time for Ames workers is 15 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 4 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Ames between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of .8 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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