Health and Nutrition of Ames, IA Residents

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Fifty four percent of Ames residents report that their diet is generally healthy. People here have milk to drink or on their cereal 20 times per month. This includes chocolate and other flavored milks, as well as hot cocoa made with milk, and does not count small amounts of milk added to coffee or tea. People living here eat an average of five meals (breakfasts, lunches or dinners) per week that were prepared away from home in places such as restaurants, fast food places, food stands, grocery stores or from vending machines. They get two of these meals from a fast-food or pizza place. People here eat two "ready to eat" foods such as salads, soups, chicken, sandwiches and cooked vegetables per month. They also eat five frozen meals or frozen pizzas on average monthly.

Summary

Diet health (%)

  • Ames 53.9%
  • Story County 50.4%
  • State 48.7%

Milk product consumption (# of products/month)

  • Here 20.4
  • Story County 21.3
  • State 22.2

Meals not home prepared (#/week)

  • Ames 5.2
  • County 4.2
  • State 3.4

Meals from fast food or pizza place (#/week)

  • Here 2.0
  • Story County 1.9
  • State 1.8

Ready-to-eat foods (#/month)

  • Here 2.0
  • County 1.9
  • State 1.7

Frozen meals/pizza (#/month)

  • Ames 4.6
  • County 4.3
  • State 3.9

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

The average Ames resident last visited a dentist one years ago (including all types of dentists, such as, orthodontists, oral surgeons, and all other dental specialists, as well as dental hygienists). Eleven percent of people living here 30 years of age and older, are embarrassed because of their teeth, mouth or dentures. Eighteen percent think they might have gum disease (might have swollen gums, receding gums, sore or infected gums or loose teeth). Ames residents rate the overall health of their teeth and gums on average at 58 percent. People living here aged 30 years and older, aside from brushing their teeth with toothbrush, use dental floss or any other device that clean between teeth on average three days per week. They also use mouthwash or other dental rinse products to treat dental disease or dental problems an average of three days per week. The average person living here (including children) has 26 teeth.

Summary

Average years since last visit a dentist

  • Ames 1.4
  • County 1.8
  • State 2.1

People embarrassed because of mouth (%)

  • Ames 10.9%
  • County 15.6%
  • Iowa 17.3%

People with gum disease (%)

  • Ames 18.0%
  • County 20.7%
  • Iowa 21.9%

General health of teeth and gums (%)

  • Ames 58.0%
  • Story County 49.2%
  • Iowa 44.7%

Average days a week using dental floss/device

  • Ames 3.3
  • County 2.9
  • Iowa 2.7

Average days a week using mouthwash for dental problem

  • Here 2.6
  • County 2.6
  • Iowa 2.7

Average number of teeth

  • Ames 26.3
  • Story County 24.5
  • State 21.7

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

The average height of Ames residents 16 years and older is 68 inches. The average weight is 174 pounds. Their average BMI (Body Mass Index) is 27. Twenty seven percent of people living here are obese. Thirty five percent have ever been obese. Thirty eight percent have ever tried to lose weight.

Summary

Average height (inches)

  • Here 67.5
  • County 67.2
  • State 66.9

Average weight (pounds)

  • Ames 173.7
  • Story County 177.8
  • State 179.8

Average BMI

  • Ames 27.1
  • County 28.0
  • State 28.6

People that are obese (%)

  • Here 27.2%
  • County 33.0%
  • Iowa 36.9%

People that ever were obese (%)

  • Here 35.4%
  • Story County 43.7%
  • State 49.3%

People trying to lose weight (%)

  • Ames 38.5%
  • Story County 36.8%
  • Iowa 33.4%

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

Sixty percent of Ames residents have ever used marijuana or hashish. Fifteen percent of people living here have ever used cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin or methamphetamine. Fifteen percent have ever used any form of cocaine, such as powder, 'crack', 'free base', and coca paste. One percent have ever used heroin. Seven percent have ever used methamphetamines.

Summary

People that ever used marijuana or hashish (%)

  • Here 60.2%
  • Story County 63.7%
  • State 66.1%

Ever used hard drugs (%)

  • Here 15.5%
  • County 21.4%
  • Iowa 25.6%

Ever used any form of cocaine (%)

  • Here 14.5%
  • Story County 19.4%
  • State 23.0%

Ever used heroin (%)

  • Here 1.4%
  • County 2.4%
  • State 3.5%

Ever used methamphetamine (%)

  • Here 6.6%
  • Story County 10.6%
  • Iowa 14.5%

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

Five percent of people living in Ames have ever been told by a doctor or health professional that they have diabetes. Forty two percent of people had a blood test for high sugar or diabetes within the past three years. Two percent of city residents are currently taking insulin.

Summary

Diabetics (%)

  • Ames 5.0%
  • County 7.5%
  • Iowa 10.4%

Had a blood test for high blood sugar (%)

  • Ames 41.8%
  • County 43.0%
  • Iowa 46.5%

People taking insulin (%)

  • Here 1.8%
  • Story County 2.5%
  • Iowa 3.2%

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

Ames residents 20 years and older on average get up to urinate one time at night (from time they go to bed at night until the time they get up in the morning).

Summary

Avg. # of times urinating at night

  • Here 0.7
  • County 0.9
  • Iowa 1.2

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

Eleven percent of Ames residents above the age of 40 have problems with their ability to smell, such as not being able to smell things or things not smelling the way they are supposed to. Five percent have been having problems with their ability to taste sweet, sour, salty or bitter foods and drinks. Sixty nine percent of people above the age of 40 have ever had wisdom teeth removed. Thirty four percent have ever had their tonsils removed. Sixteen percent have lost consciousness because of a head injury. Twenty two percent have ever had a broken nose or other serious injury to face or skull. Forty five percent have had two or more sinus infections.

Summary

People 40+ having problems with smell (%)

  • Here 10.9%
  • County 12.1%
  • Iowa 12.2%

People 40+ having problems with taste (%)

  • Here 5.3%
  • Story County 5.3%
  • State 6.1%

People 40+ that ever had wisdom teeth removed (%)

  • Ames 69.1%
  • Story County 70.2%
  • State 70.1%

People 40+ that ever had tonsils teeth removed (%)

  • Ames 34.4%
  • Story County 32.1%
  • Iowa 30.5%

People 40+ that ever had a loss of consciousness because of a head injury (%)

  • Ames 16.4%
  • Story County 16.5%
  • State 16.9%

People 40+ that ever had a broken nose or other serious injury to face or skull (%)

  • Here 21.9%
  • Story County 22.9%
  • Iowa 23.6%

People 40+ that ever had two or more sinus infections (%)

  • Here 45.4%
  • Story County 45.1%
  • State 42.9%

Eighty two percent of people living in Ames are covered by health insurance or some other kind of health care plan.

Summary

People covered by health insurance (%)

  • Here 81.9%
  • County 75.8%
  • Iowa 74.1%

Twelve percent of people living in Ames have been ever told by a doctor or other health professional that they had hypertension (also called high blood pressure). Nineteen percent of people take their blood pressure at home. Thirty five percent of people in Ames frequently check their blood cholesterol. Ten percent of people have ever been told by a doctor or other health professional that their blood cholesterol level was high.

Summary

Has high blood pressure (%)

  • Here 12.3%
  • County 16.5%
  • State 24.0%

Checking blood pressure at home (%)

  • Ames 19.3%
  • County 22.0%
  • State 25.9%

Frequently checking blood cholesterol (%)

  • Here 34.9%
  • Story County 35.7%
  • Iowa 41.8%

Has high cholesterol level (%)

  • Ames 9.8%
  • County 13.7%
  • State 20.7%

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

Forty seven percent of people living in Ames use sunscreen.

Summary

People using sunscreen (%)

  • Here 46.7%
  • County 39.2%
  • State 34.8%

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

Twenty one percent of Ames residents 18 years old and older have usually little interest or pleasure in doing things. Twenty percent often feel down, depressed, or hopeless. Forty one percent of people living here have trouble falling or staying asleep, or sleep too much. Fifty one percent of people often feel tired or have little energy. Twenty two percent are bothered by poor appetite or overeating. Eighteen percent often feel badly about themselves, that they are a failure or have let themselves or their families down. Seventeen percent have trouble concentrating on things, such as reading the newspaper or watching TV. Eleven percent of people living here move or speak so slowly that other people could have noticed, or the opposite - being so fidgety or restless that they have been moving around a lot more than usual. Three percent have thoughts that they would be better off dead or of hurting themselves in some way.

Summary

People who have little interest in doing things (%)

  • Here 20.6%
  • Story County 23.4%
  • State 26.5%

People feeling down, depressed, or hopeless (%)

  • Here 19.7%
  • Story County 25.2%
  • Iowa 27.8%

People who have trouble sleeping or sleeping too much (%)

  • Ames 41.2%
  • Story County 42.2%
  • Iowa 42.7%

People feeling tired or having little energy (%)

  • Here 50.6%
  • Story County 52.0%
  • Iowa 52.0%

People with poor appetite or overeating (%)

  • Here 22.4%
  • County 26.7%
  • Iowa 28.3%

People feeling bad about themself (%)

  • Ames 18.0%
  • Story County 20.5%
  • State 22.0%

People who have trouble concentrating on things (%)

  • Ames 16.8%
  • County 19.1%
  • State 19.6%

People moving or speaking slowly or too fast (%)

  • Here 10.8%
  • County 13.5%
  • State 14.6%

People having thoughts they would be better off dead (%)

  • Here 2.5%
  • Story County 3.7%
  • State 4.5%

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

Ames residents on average take one prescription medicines.

Summary

Average number of prescription medicines taking

  • Here 1.4
  • Story County 1.7
  • Iowa 2.3

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

Eighty five percent of people living in Ames have at least one alcoholic drink per month. Nine percent of people living here do not drink alcohol at all. People living here drink alcohol 5.5 days per month on average. They have 4.8 drinks per week. On average people living here have 5 or more drinks on 19 days a year.

Summary

People drinking some alcohol every month (%)

  • Ames 84.6%
  • Story County 80.7%
  • Iowa 80.5%

People not drinking at all (%)

  • Ames 8.9%
  • Story County 11.4%
  • Iowa 10.7%

Average days/month drinking alcohol

  • Ames 5.5
  • County 4.9
  • Iowa 5.0

Average drinks/week

  • Here 4.8
  • County 5.2
  • State 5.8

Average days/year people drink much

  • Here 18.9
  • Story County 21.9
  • State 24.7

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

Ninety one percent of Ames residents 18 years and older have ever had vaginal, anal or oral sex. Eighty four percent of males have ever had vaginal sex with a woman. Eighty percent have ever performed oral sex on a woman. Thirty three percent have ever had anal sex with a woman. Seven percent of males in Ames have ever had any kind of sex with a man, including oral or anal. Ninety three percent of females have ever had vaginal sex with a man. Eighty seven percent have ever performed oral sex on a man. Thirty five percent have ever had anal sex. Ten percent of females have ever had any kind of sex with a woman. People in Ames were 18 years old on average when they had sex for the first time. The average man in his lifetime had any kind of sex with 13 women. He has vaginal sex with 10 women. People living here were on average 20 years old when they first performed oral sex on a woman. In their lifetime they performed oral sex on average on three women. Males in their lifetime have anal or oral sex with 1.6 men on average. They have had 0.9 anal sex partners in their lifetime. People in Ames were 19 years old on average when they first performed oral sex on a man. They performed oral sex on average on three men in their lifetime. Eight percent of people use protection, like a condom or dental dam, while performing oral sex. The average person in Ames has vaginal or anal sex 63 times a year. Fifty three percent have sex without using a condom. Females in Ames 18 years and older have had any kind of sex with nine men on average. They have had eight male vaginal sex partners in their lifetimes. Women here have on average 0.3 female sex partners in their lifetimes. Eighty six percent of men 18 years old and older are circumcised.

Summary

People 18+ that ever had sex (vaginal, anal, or oral) (%)

  • Here 90.8%
  • Story County 94.2%
  • Iowa 97.2%

Males 18+ that ever had vaginal sex with a woman (%)

  • Here 83.8%
  • Story County 88.6%
  • Iowa 94.5%

Males 18+ that ever performed oral sex on a woman (%)

  • Here 80.0%
  • Story County 84.0%
  • State 87.9%

Males 18+ that ever had anal sex with a woman (%)

  • Here 33.4%
  • Story County 42.0%
  • State 50.0%

Males 18+ that ever had any sex with a man (%)

  • Here 6.7%
  • County 6.6%
  • State 5.5%

Females 18+ that ever had vaginal sex with a man (%)

  • Here 92.5%
  • County 96.1%
  • State 97.3%

Females 18+ that ever performed oral sex on a man (%)

  • Here 86.6%
  • Story County 87.2%
  • State 85.7%

Females 18+ that ever had anal sex with a man (%)

  • Here 35.2%
  • County 40.0%
  • Iowa 39.4%

Females 18+ that ever had any kind of sex with a woman (%)

  • Here 9.8%
  • Story County 12.9%
  • State 11.9%

Average age people first had sex

  • Here 17.5
  • Story County 17.0
  • Iowa 16.6

Average number of female sex partners in lifetime (males 18+)

  • Here 13.3
  • Story County 18.2
  • State 26.9

Average number of female vaginal sex partners in lifetime (males 18+)

  • Ames 10.0
  • County 14.4
  • Iowa 21.3

Average age people first performed oral sex on a woman (18+)

  • Ames 20.3
  • County 20.4
  • Iowa 21.2

Average number of woman performed oral sex on in lifetime (18+)

  • Ames 3.3
  • Story County 4.3
  • Iowa 5.6

Average number of male sex partners in lifetime (males 18+)

  • Ames 1.6
  • County 2.3
  • Iowa 3.0

Average number of male anal sex partners in lifetime (males 18+)

  • Here 0.9
  • County 1.3
  • State 1.7

Average age people first performed oral sex on a man (18+)

  • Ames 18.5
  • Story County 18.5
  • Iowa 20.3

Average number of male oral sex partners in lifetime (18+)

  • Here 3.1
  • Story County 4.9
  • State 5.7

People using protection when performing oral sex (%)

  • Here 8.4%
  • County 9.5%
  • State 8.3%

Average number of times people have vaginal or anal sex a year

  • Here 63.0
  • County 69.1
  • Iowa 64.1

People having sex without condom (%)

  • Here 52.6%
  • County 56.2%
  • State 55.7%

Average number of male sex partners in lifetime (females 18+)

  • Here 8.8
  • Story County 11.6
  • State 11.9

Average number of male vaginal sex partners in lifetime (females 18+)

  • Here 8.1
  • County 10.7
  • Iowa 10.6

Average number of female sex partners in lifetime (females 18+)

  • Here 0.3
  • County 0.5
  • Iowa 0.5

Circumcised males 18+ (%)

  • Ames 85.6%
  • County 84.5%
  • State 83.7%

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

Ten percent of households in Ames use chemical products in their homes to control fleas, roaches, ants, termites or other insects. Three percent use chemical products in their lawns or gardens to kill weeds.

Summary

Households using pesticides to control insects (%)

  • Ames 9.6%
  • County 9.8%
  • Iowa 10.1%

Households using pesticides to kill weeds (%)

  • Ames 3.2%
  • County 3.6%
  • State 4.4%

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

Ames residents 16 years and older usually get seven hours of sleep at night on weekdays or workdays. Twenty five percent of them have trouble sleeping.

Summary

Average hours sleeping at night

  • Here 6.9
  • Story County 6.9
  • Iowa 6.8

People that has trouble sleeping (%)

  • Ames 24.7%
  • County 29.8%
  • State 32.9%

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

Forty six percent of Ames residents currently smoke cigarettes.

Summary

People smoking cigarettes (%)

  • Here 45.8%
  • Story County 54.0%
  • State 53.4%

Twenty two percent of Ames residents' work involve vigorous-intensity activity that causes large increases in breathing or heart rate, like carrying or lifting heavy loads, digging or construction work for at least 10 minutes continuously. Thirty seven percent of people do moderate-intensity activities at work that cause small increases in breathing or heart rate such as brisk walking or carrying light loads for at least 10 minutes continuously. Thirty eight percent walk or bicycle for at least 10 minutes continuously to get to and from places. Forty percent do any vigorous-intensity sports, fitness or recreational activities that cause large increases in breathing or heart rate like running or basketball for at least 10 minutes continuously. Fifty six percent do any moderate-intensity sports, fitness or recreational activities that cause a small increase in breathing or heart rate such as brisk walking, bicycling, swimming or golf for at least 10 minutes continuously. People living here spend seven hours sitting on a typical day (this includes sitting at work, at home, getting to and from places, or with friends, including time spent sitting at a desk, traveling in a car or bus, reading, playing cards, watching television or using a computer). They usually sit and watch TV or videos for about two hours per day. They use a computer or play computer games (including Playstation, Nintendo DS, or other portable video games) outside of work or school for 1.7 hours per day.

Summary

People doing vigorous-intensity work activities (%)

  • Ames 22.2%
  • Story County 23.2%
  • Iowa 22.9%

People doing moderate-intensity work activities (%)

  • Ames 37.2%
  • County 39.3%
  • State 38.2%

People walking or bicycling (%)

  • Here 38.5%
  • Story County 33.2%
  • State 29.2%

People doing vigorous-intensity recreational activities (%)

  • Here 40.0%
  • Story County 28.2%
  • Iowa 16.9%

People doing moderate-intensity recreational activities (%)

  • Here 56.1%
  • County 49.3%
  • Iowa 40.8%

Average hours a day doing sedentary activities

  • Here 6.9
  • Story County 6.3
  • State 6.0

Average hours a day watching TV or videos

  • Here 2.3
  • Story County 2.7
  • Iowa 2.9

Average hours a day using computer

  • Here 1.7
  • Story County 1.5
  • State 1.2

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

Ten percent of Ames residents have ever been told by a doctor or other health professional that they had asthma. Two percent of people living here has anemia, sometimes called "tired blood" or "low blood". Four percent of people 16 years and older have ever been told by a doctor or other health care professional that they had psoriasis. Twenty seven percent are overweight. Fourteen percent of people 60 years and older have difficulties in thinking or remembering that can make a big difference in everyday activities (this does not refer to occasionally forgetting your keys or the name of someone you recently met). This refers to things like confusion or memory loss that are happening more often or getting worse. Six percent of people living in Ames have ever received a blood transfusion. Ten percent have trouble seeing, even when wearing glasses or contact lenses. Fourteen percent of people 20 and older have arthritis. Three percent have ever been told they had gout. Two percent have coronary heart disease. Two percent have angina, also called angina pectoris. Two percent have ever had a heart attack, also called myocardial infarction. Two percent have been ever told by a doctor or other health professional that they had a stroke. Six percent have another thyroid problem. Two percent have ever had chronic bronchitis. One percent of people had any kind of liver condition. Six percent have ever had cancer or a malignancy of any kind.

Summary

People with asthma (%)

  • Ames 10.3%
  • County 11.3%
  • Iowa 11.5%

People with anemia (%)

  • Ames 2.0%
  • Story County 2.5%
  • State 3.3%

People with psoriasis (%)

  • Here 3.8%
  • County 3.5%
  • State 4.0%

People with overweight (%)

  • Ames 26.8%
  • County 29.8%
  • Iowa 33.5%

Elderly people having difficulties in thinking or remembering (%)

  • Here 14.0%
  • Story County 19.6%
  • State 22.5%

People who ever received blood transfusion (%)

  • Here 6.5%
  • Story County 9.0%
  • Iowa 12.3%

People having trouble seeing even with glass/contacts (%)

  • Ames 9.9%
  • Story County 14.9%
  • State 19.8%

People with arthritis (%)

  • Ames 14.3%
  • County 19.3%
  • State 27.9%

People with gout (%)

  • Ames 2.6%
  • Story County 3.1%
  • Iowa 4.0%

People with coronary heart disease (%)

  • Ames 1.5%
  • County 2.2%
  • State 3.6%

People with angina pectoris (%)

  • Ames 1.6%
  • Story County 1.8%
  • Iowa 2.5%

People who ever had heart attack (%)

  • Here 1.7%
  • County 2.6%
  • Iowa 4.4%

People who ever had stroke (%)

  • Here 2.0%
  • County 2.7%
  • Iowa 4.4%

People with thyroid problem (%)

  • Ames 5.9%
  • Story County 6.6%
  • State 8.0%

People with chronic bronchitis (%)

  • Here 2.0%
  • County 3.2%
  • Iowa 4.3%

People with any liver condition (%)

  • Here 1.5%
  • County 2.2%
  • Iowa 3.6%

People who ever had cancer or malignancy (%)

  • Ames 6.3%
  • County 7.3%
  • State 9.8%

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

Fifty seven percent of births in Ames were vaginal deliveries. Forty three percent of deliveries were cesarean. 99.6 percent of deliveries resulted in live births. Fifty percent of pregnancies resulted in a delivery. Sixty five percent of women breastfeed their children. Thirteen percent of women in Ames have ever had a hysterectomy, including a partial hysterectomy (that is, surgery to remove their uterus or womb). Seven percent had both of their ovaries removed (either when they had their uterus removed or at another time). Seventy nine percent have ever taken birth control pills for any reason. Nineteen percent of women are currently taking birth control pills. Fifteen percent have ever used Depo-Provera or injectable birth control to prevent pregnancy. Fourteen percent have ever used female hormones such as estrogen and progesterone, including any forms of female hormones, such as pills, cream, patch and injections, but do not include birth control methods or use for infertility.

Summary

Vaginal deliveries (%)

  • Here 57.0%
  • County 65.2%
  • State 66.6%

Cesarean deliveries (%)

  • Here 43.0%
  • Story County 34.8%
  • Iowa 33.4%

Deliveries resulted in a live birth (%)

  • Ames 99.6%
  • Story County 99.6%
  • Iowa 99.5%

Pregnancies resulted in a delivery (%)

  • Here 49.6%
  • County 59.2%
  • State 60.8%

Women breastfeeding newborns (%)

  • Ames 64.7%
  • Story County 55.9%
  • State 52.4%

Women that had a hysterectomy (%)

  • Ames 13.0%
  • County 17.9%
  • State 23.9%

Women that had both ovaries removed (%)

  • Ames 7.5%
  • Story County 9.9%
  • Iowa 13.1%

Women that have ever taken birth control pills (%)

  • Ames 78.7%
  • Story County 74.3%
  • State 73.7%

Women taking birth control pills (%)

  • Ames 19.1%
  • County 12.0%
  • State 8.0%

Women that have ever used Depo-Provera or injectables (%)

  • Here 15.4%
  • County 16.7%
  • State 15.1%

Women that have ever used female hormones (%)

  • Ames 13.6%
  • County 15.4%
  • State 19.4%

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

People living in Ames report their general health condition on average at 65 percent. Seven percent of them donate blood. Excluding tests they have had as part of blood donations, 38 percent of Ames residents have ever had their blood tested for the AIDS virus infection. Eight percent of people living in Ames are left-handed.

Summary

General health condition (%)

  • Here 65.0%
  • County 59.2%
  • Iowa 54.9%

Blood donors (%)

  • Here 7.4%
  • County 5.3%
  • State 4.1%

Has blood ever tested for HIV virus (%)

  • Here 37.6%
  • County 37.5%
  • Iowa 37.6%

Left-handed people (%)

  • Ames 7.8%
  • County 8.2%
  • Iowa 8.3%

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

People in Ames spend $330 per month on average on food for their families at supermarkets or grocery stores. This is 18 percent of their income. The average family in Ames spends $73 on food at other stores monthly. This is five percent of their income. They spend $194 on eating out, including cafeterias at work or at school or on vending machines. This is 12 percent of their income. They also spend $29 monthly on carried out or delivered food. This is two percent of their income.

Summary

Money monthly spent on food at supermarket/grocery store

  • Ames $330
  • County $346
  • State $358

Income spent on food at supermarket/grocery store (%)

  • Here 17.9%
  • County 22.3%
  • State 24.5%

Money monthly spent on food at other stores

  • Ames $73
  • Story County $72
  • Iowa $67

Income spent on food at other stores (%)

  • Ames 4.5%
  • Story County 4.6%
  • State 4.0%

Money monthly spent on eating out

  • Ames $194
  • Story County $160
  • Iowa $133

Income spent on eating out (%)

  • Here 11.7%
  • Story County 9.7%
  • Iowa 6.6%

Money monthly spent on carryout/delivered foods

  • Here $29
  • County $25
  • State $22

Income spent on carryout/delivered foods (%)

  • Here 1.6%
  • County 1.6%
  • State 1.2%

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

People living in Ames report their general condition of hearing on average at 84 percent. Eighty six percent of them can usually hear and understand, without the use of a hearing aid or any other listening devices, what a person says without seeing his or her face if that person whispers to them from across a quiet room. Ninety six percent of people can hear a normal voice across a quiet room. Thirteen percent of Ames population have been bothered by ringing, roaring or buzzing in their ears or head. Twenty nine percent of people living here have ever had a job where they were exposed to loud sounds or noise. Loud means so loud that they must speak in a raised voice to be heard. Fifteen percent of people in Ames had off-work exposure to loud noise.

Summary

Average condition of hearing (%)

  • Here 83.7%
  • County 80.7%
  • Iowa 77.3%

People that can hear a whisper from across a quiet room (%)

  • Ames 85.6%
  • County 81.0%
  • State 76.1%

People that can hear normal voice from across a quiet room (%)

  • Here 95.8%
  • Story County 95.1%
  • State 94.3%

Ears ringing, roaring, buzzing (%)

  • Ames 13.2%
  • Story County 17.6%
  • Iowa 21.8%

Had a job exposure to loud noise (%)

  • Here 29.4%
  • County 38.6%
  • State 46.1%

Had off-work exposure to loud noise (%)

  • Ames 14.5%
  • County 15.1%
  • State 16.1%

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

Twenty six percent of Ames residents 40 and older take a low-dose aspirin each day to prevent heart attacks, strokes or cancer.

Summary

Adults 40+ taking low-dose aspirin (%)

  • Here 26.0%
  • Story County 25.7%
  • State 26.7%

Eight percent of Ames residents 20 or older have limitations caused by a long-term physical, mental or emotional problems or illnesses keeping them from working at a job or business. Fourteen percent are limited in the kind or amount of work they can do because of physical, mental or emotional problems. Five percent have difficulty walking without using any special equipment. Four percent are limited in any way because of difficulty remembering or because they experience periods of confusion. Four percent of people here have health problems that require them to use special equipment, such as a cane, wheelchair, special bed or special telephone.

Summary

People having limitations keeping them from working (%)

  • Here 8.3%
  • County 13.8%
  • Iowa 20.8%

People limited in amount of work they can do (%)

  • Ames 13.7%
  • County 19.7%
  • Iowa 27.3%

People that need special equipment to walk (%)

  • Here 4.5%
  • County 7.0%
  • State 10.3%

People experiencing confusion/memory problems (%)

  • Ames 4.3%
  • County 7.5%
  • State 11.1%

People requiring special healthcare equipment (%)

  • Here 4.0%
  • County 5.5%
  • Iowa 8.6%

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

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