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Ames, IA (Iowa) Houses and Residents

Ames,IA index of house prices

Total population: 63,266 (Urban population: 49,979, Rural population: 677 (all nonfarm))

Houses: 26,224 (25,185 occupied: 9,560 owner occupied, 15,625 renter occupied)

% of renters here:

62%
State:

29%

Housing density: 1,216 houses/condos per square mile

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses and condos in 2016: $211,445.

Median contract rent in 2016: $532 (lower quartile is $425, upper quartile is $640)


Median rent asked for vacant for-rent units in 2016: $1,691


Median gross rent in Ames, IA in 2016: $600

Housing units in Ames with a mortgage: 5,963 (69 second mortgage, 781 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 3,597

Median household income for houses/condos with a mortgage: $98,015

Median household income for apartments without a mortgage: $61,589

Median monthly housing costs: $930


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Ames, Iowa Age and Sex of Residents
Estimated median house or condo value in 2016: $189,900 (it was $125,300 in 2000)
Ames:

$189,900
Iowa:

$142,300
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $134,100 - $287,600

Mean price in 2016:

Detached houses: $221,928
Here:

$221,928
State:

$179,425

Townhouses or other attached units: $430,196
Here:

$430,196
State:

$194,502

In 2-unit structures: $110,617
Here:

$110,617
State:

$132,478

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $98,240
Here:

$98,240
State:

$137,270

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $58,723
Here:

$58,723
State:

$129,372

Mobile homes: $18,064
Here:

$18,064
State:

$49,582
Median year house/condo built: 1972

Median year apartment built: 1990

Household type by relationship:

Households: 66,190
  • In family households: 29,857 (6,219 male householders, 4,123 female householders)
    8,899 spouses, 8,440 children (7,919 natural, 99 adopted, 422 stepchildren), 0 grandchildren, 43 brothers or sisters, 415 parents, 624 other relatives, 1,094 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 27,213 (6,952 male householders (3,720 living alone)), 7,891 female householders (4,726 living alone)), 12,370 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 9,120

Size of family households: 5,012 2-persons, 2,164 3-persons, 2,208 4-persons, 494 5-persons, 464 6-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 8,446 1-person, 2,851 2-persons, 2,602 3-persons, 907 4-persons, 37 7-or-more-persons.

5,536 married couples with children.
1,658 single-parent households (312 men, 1,346 women).

86.2% of residents of Ames speak English at home.
2.1% of residents speak Spanish at home (76% speak English very well, 12% speak English well, 10% speak English not well, 2% don't speak English at all).
2.8% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (82% speak English very well, 13% speak English well, 5% speak English not well).
7.1% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (37% speak English very well, 47% speak English well, 14% speak English not well, 1% don't speak English at all).
1.2% of residents speak other language at home (68% speak English very well, 32% speak English well).

Foreign born population: 9,221 (13.9%)
(14.9% of them are naturalized citizens)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:

Here:

7.2
State:

6.7

Median number of rooms in apartments:

Here:

4.0
State:

4.2

Owner-occupied Renter-occupied

Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses and condos in Ames, Iowa:

  • 0no bedroom
  • 4161 bedroom
  • 1,7272 bedrooms
  • 3,9233 bedrooms
  • 2,9234 bedrooms
  • 5715+ bedrooms
Note: State values scaled to Ames population

Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Ames, Iowa:

  • 921no bedroom
  • 2,6671 bedroom
  • 6,5742 bedrooms
  • 4,3383 bedrooms
  • 9284 bedrooms
  • 1975+ bedrooms
Note: State values scaled to Ames population
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied

Cars and other vehicles available in Ames in owner-occupied houses/condos:

  • 124no vehicle
  • 2,5331 vehicle
  • 5,1122 vehicles
  • 1,2333 vehicles
  • 5214 vehicles
  • 375+ vehicles
Note: State values scaled to Ames population

Cars and other vehicles available in Ames in renter-occupied apartments

  • 2,239no vehicle
  • 6,4671 vehicle
  • 2,8042 vehicles
  • 3,2423 vehicles
  • 6464 vehicles
  • 2275+ vehicles
Note: State values scaled to Ames population
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied

Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Ames, Iowa:

  • 01 room
  • 922 rooms
  • 2663 rooms
  • 8134 rooms
  • 1,3905 rooms
  • 1,2296 rooms
  • 1,3557 rooms
  • 2,1768 rooms
  • 2,2399+ rooms
Note: State values scaled to Ames population

Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Ames, Iowa:

  • 7401 room
  • 1,2432 rooms
  • 3,7583 rooms
  • 4,3394 rooms
  • 2,5385 rooms
  • 2,0856 rooms
  • 2957 rooms
  • 3858 rooms
  • 2429+ rooms
Note: State values scaled to Ames population

Year house built

Median 2016 house/condo value by year built ($)

Median house/condo value by year householder moved into unit ($)

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders ($)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

  • Ames, IA household income distribution

  • Ames, IA household income distribution
  • 3,523Less than $10,000
  • 1,270$10,000 to $14,999
  • 2,175$15,000 to $19,999
  • 2,146$20,000 to $24,999
  • 1,114$25,000 to $29,999
  • 544$30,000 to $34,999
  • 1,312$35,000 to $39,999
  • 897$40,000 to $44,999
  • 917$45,000 to $49,999
  • 1,352$50,000 to $59,999
  • 1,929$60,000 to $74,999
  • 2,475$75,000 to $99,999
  • 1,728$100,000 to $124,999
  • 1,925$125,000 to $149,999
  • 892$150,000 to $199,999
  • 986$200,000 or more
  • Home value of owner-occupied houses in 2016 in Ames, IA

  • Home value of owner-occupied houses in 2016 in Ames, IA
  • 62Less than $10,000
  • 93$10,000 to $14,999
  • 101$15,000 to $19,999
  • 98$20,000 to $24,999
  • 4$25,000 to $29,999
  • 145$30,000 to $34,999
  • 7$35,000 to $39,999
  • 3$40,000 to $49,999
  • 76$60,000 to $69,999
  • 26$70,000 to $79,999
  • 73$80,000 to $89,999
  • 130$90,000 to $99,999
  • 874$100,000 to $124,999
  • 1,390$125,000 to $149,999
  • 1,444$150,000 to $174,999
  • 826$175,000 to $199,999
  • 1,270$200,000 to $249,999
  • 1,701$250,000 to $299,999
  • 1,273$300,000 to $399,999
  • 327$400,000 to $499,999
  • 187$500,000 to $749,999
  • 25$750,000 to $999,999
  • 5$2,000,000 or more
  • Rent paid by renters in 2016 in Ames, IA

  • Rent paid by renters in 2016 in Ames, IA
  • 107$150 to $199
  • 46$250 to $299
  • 341$300 to $349
  • 431$350 to $399
  • 85$400 to $449
  • 498$450 to $499
  • 629$500 to $549
  • 664$550 to $599
  • 1,272$600 to $649
  • 783$650 to $699
  • 1,327$700 to $749
  • 1,380$750 to $799
  • 1,879$800 to $899
  • 1,456$900 to $999
  • 2,481$1,000 to $1,249
  • 1,134$1,250 to $1,499
  • 859$1,500 to $1,999
  • 253No cash rent

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 5,4962010 or later
  • 2,1462000 to 2009
  • 8931990 to 1999
  • 7231980 to 1989
  • 2351970 to 1979
  • 255Before 1970
Note: State values scaled to Ames population
Ames commuting: travel time to work

Travel time to work (commute)

  • Less than 5 minutes: 1,335
  • 5 to 9 minutes: 7,083
  • 10 to 14 minutes: 9,549
  • 15 to 19 minutes: 6,263
  • 20 to 24 minutes: 3,188
  • 25 to 29 minutes: 1,907
  • 30 to 34 minutes: 692
  • 35 to 39 minutes: 362
  • 40 to 44 minutes: 1,146
  • 45 to 59 minutes: 1,271
  • 60 to 89 minutes: 789
  • 90 or more minutes: 143
Ames, IA Time Leaving Home for Work

Percentage of workers working in this county: 87.0%
Number of people working at home: 1,339 (3.9% of all workers)

Ames mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work

  • Drove a car alone: 30,810 (73%)
  • Carpooled: 3,025 (7%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 2,642 (6%)
  • Ferryboat: 4 (0%)
  • Taxi: 205 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 935 (2%)
  • Walked: 3,310 (8%)
  • Worked at home: 1,339 (3%)

First ancestries reported:

 German: 8,034
 Irish: 1,995
 Norwegian: 1,581
 American: 1,306
 English: 1,008
 European: 953
 Dutch: 649
 Swedish: 467
 Italian: 442
 Scottish: 384
 French (except Basque): 315
 Czech: 305
 Danish: 288
 Scotch-Irish: 282
 Nigerian: 247
 African: 235
 Polish: 205
 Northern European: 199
 Jamaican: 150
 British: 131
 Czechoslovakian: 123
 Turkish: 110
 Lebanese: 105
 Scandinavian: 101
 Bulgarian: 86
 Ukrainian: 85
 Croatian: 84
 Hungarian: 75
 French Canadian: 49
 Slavic: 48
 Kenyan: 47
 Armenian: 46
 Portuguese: 42
 Syrian: 39
 Russian: 39
 Swiss: 39
 Brazilian: 38
 Iranian: 37
 Egyptian: 35
 Eastern European: 35
 Ugandan: 33
 Sudanese: 32
 Belgian: 31
 Finnish: 31
 Welsh: 26
 Greek: 25
 Lithuanian: 21
 Iraqi: 17
 Serbian: 12
 Romanian: 10
 Cajun: 9
 Latvian: 8
 Pennsylvania German: 6
 German Russian: 6
 Austrian: 6
 Canadian: 3
 Haitian: 2

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):

  • 32%China, excluding Hong Kong and Taiwan
  • 11%India
  • 6%Korea
  • 4%Other Western Asia
  • 4%Malaysia
  • 4%Taiwan
  • 3%Nigeria

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

  • This state: 31,641
  • Other state: 24,328
  • Northeast: 1,023
  • Midwest: 17,879
  • South: 3,373
  • West: 2,053

60% of Ames residents lived in the same house 1 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 33% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 67% lived in Iowa.

Ames:

59.6%
State average:

84.7%

Education attainment for males 25 years and older:

  • No schooling: 30
  • Nursery to 4th grade: 7
  • 5th and 6th grade: 3
  • 7th and 8th grade: 38
  • 9th grade: 20
  • 10th grade: 54
  • 11th grade: 38
  • 12th grade, no diploma: 22
  • High school graduate (or equivalency): 1,712
  • Less than 1 year of college: 435
  • Some college more than 1 year, no degree: 1,511
  • Associate degree: 1,151
  • Bachelor's degree: 5,621
  • Master's degree: 2,844
  • Professional school degree: 344
  • Doctorate degree: 1,768

Educational Attainment for Males (%)

Education attainment for females 25 years and older:

  • No schooling: 43
  • Nursery to 4th grade: 1
  • 5th and 6th grade: 32
  • 7th and 8th grade: 46
  • 9th grade: 42
  • 10th grade: 20
  • 11th grade: 109
  • 12th grade, no diploma: 175
  • High school graduate (or equivalency): 1,943
  • Less than 1 year of college: 616
  • Some college more than 1 year, no degree: 1,064
  • Associate degree: 871
  • Bachelor's degree: 5,348
  • Master's degree: 3,564
  • Professional school degree: 78
  • Doctorate degree: 1,176

Educational Attainment for Females (%)

Class of Workers in 2016 (%)

  • Unemployment by race in 2016
  • Unemployment rate for White non-Hispanic residents
  • 4.9%Males
  • 8.4%Females
  • Unemployment rate for Black residents
  • 10.9%Males
  • 3.7%Females
  • Unemployment rate for Asian residents
  • 9.8%Males
  • 8.6%Females
  • Unemployment rate for other race residents
  • 6.9%Females
  • Unemployment rate for two or more race residents
  • 4.0%Males
  • 3.2%Females
  • Unemployment rate for Hispanic or Latino residents
  • 6.6%Males
  • 8.5%Females
Ames marital status for males
Ames marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 10,386
  • One, attached: 1,413
  • Two: 1,451
  • 3 or 4: 1,099
  • 5 to 9: 2,489
  • 10 to 19: 5,413
  • 20 to 49: 2,844
  • 50 or more: 582
  • Mobile homes: 547

Median worth of mobile homes: $21,011

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities in 2016: 2.4%

House/condo owner moved in on average 11 years ago

Renter moved in on average 0 years ago

Year Householders Moved Into Residence in Ames:

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Ames
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (90.4%)
  • Electricity (8.1%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (1.0%)
  • Utility gas (52.4%)
  • Electricity (43.7%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (2.3%)
  • Other fuel (0.8%)
  • No fuel used (0.5%)
  • Coal or coke (0.4%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (0.2%)
  • Wood (0.1%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 235
Here:

7.0%
Iowa:

9.6%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 94
Here:

5.3%
Iowa:

6.9%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 380
Here:

1.5%
Iowa:

23.8%

School Enrollment by Level of School for Male Students (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School for Female Students (%)

Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninstitutionalized)