About Ames: Iowa State University

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

Ames

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.

Ames links

Iowa

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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How Ames ranks

2nd best college town (under 250,000 residents).
American Institute for Economic Research, 2013-2014

Among the top 25 'Smartest College Towns.'
The Daily Beast, 2011

Among top 10 best places to live in America.
Money Magazine, 2010 CNNMoney.com

Top 15 cities for people who hate long commutes.
U.S. News & World Report, 2009

2nd most liveable small city in the nation.
New Rating Guide to Life in American's Small Cities, 2002

30th in "Best Small Places for Business and Careers."
Forbes magazine, 2008

How Iowa ranks

The 6th best place to raise a child.
Annie E. Casey Foundation, 2010 Forbes magazine, 2010

The The 5th best place for well-being,
Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, 2010

The 5th best state to retire.
MoneyRates.com, 2010

The 6th most bike-friendly state.
League of American Bicyclists, 2011

4th among states for business.
CNBC, 2009

Brain power

A national brainpower ranking of 200 U.S. metro areas puts Des Moines at No. 35.
Portfolio.com and American City Business Journals Inc., 2010