Main Street, Ames, Iowa
Main Street in Ames, Iowa. (Photo by Faye Gilbert.)


Small town warmth. Big city amenities.

Beneath the small town charm of Ames, Iowa, beats the heart of a much larger city. A city that has become a player in developing the world's bio-economic future. A city with top-quality education, from kindergarten to grad school. A city that regularly draws performers like Kenny Chesney, Dave Matthews and Widespread Panic, along with international symphonies and Broadway musicals. A city with hundreds of acres of parks, numerous bike paths, and cultural festivals and celebrations. A city that's been ranked the 2nd most liveable small city in the nation.

CyRide bus
The city-wide bus system CyRide offers reliable, inexpensive transport.

On the maps

Ames is 30 minutes from Des Moines, and 3 hours from Kansas City, Minneapolis and Omaha.

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Great schools. No traffic jams. Safe communities. Clean air.

Iowa is a place where neighborhoods are friendly and commutes are short. A place where quality public education isn't just a dream, but a reality. A place of vibrant cities with shopping and entertainment possibilities. A place of endless outdoor recreational opportunities.

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