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Old 01-22-2012, 03:20 PM
 
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Trying to make a decision between living in Ames or Des Moines. I am originally from Iowa but have been living in Austin, TX the past 10 years. My hubby is taking a job in Ames. We have 2 kids, 12 and 10. Just trying to get a feel of schools in each area. Not sure if I will be in too much shock moving to a small city(Ames) even though I know what a great place it is Any feedback on the areas including specific schools both middle and elementary would be greatly appreciated
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Old 01-22-2012, 08:48 PM
 
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The town of Huxley looks nice. Home Page Top News
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Old 01-22-2012, 09:48 PM
 
Location: Keosauqua, Iowa
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Huxley is very nice, midway between Ames and Ankeny, small town but has all the essential services and just 10 minutes from Ames or 15 from the DSM metro, great school district, very clean, several nice parks, population is primarily young families. We lived there a couple of years, I worked in Ankeny but we did most of our shopping / dining out in Ames.

But if you feel like you need to be in a larger city, I prefer Ankeny to Ames.
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Old 01-22-2012, 10:37 PM
 
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
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If it is simply schools, then IMO, it is a non-issue. Live in Ames as they have great schools.

If it is more about wanting what you left behind in Austin, you're not going to find it in either place, but you'll be somewhat closer to some of the amenties you left behind living in the Des Moines metro vs living in Ames.
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Old 01-27-2012, 08:26 AM
 
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Default Pick Ames!

I lived in Ames for 7 years with my small children who were 2,5 and 7 when we moved there. It is a GREAT town. The schools are wonderful, there are tons of nice parks and bike trails and the fairly new aquatic center. It has all the amenities of a larger city but still a smaller hometown feel to it.
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