Ames, IA

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Population

95,888

1.11% growth

Median Age

25.9


Median Household Income

$52,671

2.87% growth

Poverty Rate

22%


Number of Employees

51,305

0.074% decline

Median Property Value

$172,900

3.04% growth

About

In 2017, Ames, IA had a population of 95.9k people with a median age of 25.9 and a median household income of $52,671. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Ames, IA grew from 94,834 to 95,888, a 1.11% increase and its median household income grew from $51,201 to $52,671, a 2.87% increase.

The population of Ames, IA is 84.5% White Alone, 7.31% Asian Alone, and 3.27% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Ames, IA speak a non-English language, and 92.6% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Ames, IA are Iowa State University (8,388 degrees awarded in 2016) and PCI Academy-Ames (89 degrees).

The median property value in Ames, IA is $172,900, and the homeownership rate is 51.6%. Most people in Ames, IA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 16.8 minutes. The average car ownership in Ames, IA is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Ames, IA employs 51.3k people. The largest industries in Ames, IA are Educational Services (12,879 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (6,080 people), and Retail Trade (4,974 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($67,716), Utilities ($66,932), and Finance & Insurance ($55,827).

Median household income in Ames, IA is $52,671. Males in Ames, IA have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $44,006. The income inequality in Ames, IA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.443, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$52,671

2017 value

± $2,162

2.87%

1 Year Growth

± 4.73%

Households in Ames, IA have a median annual income of $52,671, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $51,201 in 2016, which represents a 2.87% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$58,922

Average Male Salary

± $1,635

$44,006

Average Female Salary

± $1,197

In 2017, full-time male employees in Iowa made 1.34 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $50,374 ± $7,648

  2. White

    $44,731 ± $967

  3. Black

    $32,234 ± $4,518

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Iowa workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.13 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Ames, IA is from Iowa.

0.443

2017 Wage GINI

0.445

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Iowa was 0.443 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.563% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2017 the GINI for Iowa was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Iowa in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Iowa across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2017, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Ames, IA was Dallas County, IA with a value of $88,561, followed by Polk County, IA and Linn County, IA, with respective values of $65,995 and $63,149.

The following map shows all of the counties in Ames, IA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Males 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

22% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Ames, IA (18.8k out of 85.7k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 18 - 24, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Males 25 - 34.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    14,510 ± 884

  2. Asian

    2,555 ± 350

  3. Two Or More

    926 ± 286

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Ames, IA is White, followed by Asian and Two Or More.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

51.3k

2017 Value

± 1,628

-0.074%

1 Year decline

± 4.45%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Ames, IA declined at a rate of -0.074%, from 51.3k employees to 51.3k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Ames, IA, are Education, Training, & Library Occupations (7,300 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (6,185 people), and Management Occupations (4,784 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Ames, IA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Ames, IA, by number of employees, are Education, Training, & Library Occupations (7,300 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (6,185 people), and Management Occupations (4,784 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Ames, IA has an unusually high number of residents working as Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (4.08 times higher than expected), Education, Training, & Library Occupations (2.35 times), and Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (1.7 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Ames, IA, by median earnings, are Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($58,685), Management Occupations ($57,372), and Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($54,904).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

51.3k

2017 Value

± 1,628

-0.074%

1 Year decline

± 4.45%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Ames, IA declined at a rate of -0.074%, from 51.3k employees to 51.3k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Ames, IA, are Educational Services (12,879 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (6,080 people), and Retail Trade (4,974 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Ames, IA, though some of these residents may live in Ames, IA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Ames, IA, by number of employees, are Educational Services (12,879 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (6,080 people), and Retail Trade (4,974 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Ames, IA has an unusually high number of Educational Services (2.71 times higher than expected), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (1.93 times), and Accommodation & Food Services (1.12 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Ames, IA, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($67,716), Utilities ($66,932), and Finance & Insurance ($55,827).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Iowa to other states, or from other states to Iowa.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $24.8B

  2. $18.8B

  3. $18.2B

In 2015, the top outbound Iowa product (by dollars) was Cereal grains with $24.8B, followed by Machinery ($18.8B) and Other ag prods. ($18.2B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Iowa products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$245B

2015 Value

$363B

Projected 2045 Value

47.9% growth

In 2015, total outbound Iowa trade was $245B. This is expected to increase 47.9% to $363B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Iowa trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Iowa to other states, or from other states to Iowa.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $26.2B

  2. $16.1B

  3. $11.4B

In 2015, the top outbound Iowa domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Illinois with $26.2B, followed by Minnesota with $16.1B and Nebraska and $11.4B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Iowa shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

95.8% of the population of Ames, IA has health coverage, with 65.3% on employee plans, 7.07% on Medicaid, 8.37% on Medicare, 14.4% on non-group plans, and 0.621% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the msa of Ames, IA was $8,200 in 2014. This is a 5.05% increase from the previous year ($7,806).

Primary care physicians in Ames, IA see 1363 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.04% increase from the previous year (1349 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1561 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 756 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Appanoose County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (13.3%). Additionally, Union County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (39.4%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,363 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Iowa see an average of 1,363 patients per year. This represents a 1.04% increase from the previous year (1,349 patients).

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$8,200

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,076

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$6,702

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,317

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Iowa (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 5.05%, from $7,806 to $8,200.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

4.22%

Uninsured

65.3%

Employer Coverage

7.07%

Medicaid

8.37%

Medicare

14.4%

Non-Group

0.621%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Ames, IA declined by 2.09% from 4.31% to 4.22%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Ames, IA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 13.3% prevalence

  2. 12.6% prevalence

  3. 12.1% prevalence

Appanoose County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Iowa, at 13.3%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Iowa by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Ames, IA is home to a population of 95.9k people, from which 92.6% are citizens. As of 2017, 9.33% of Ames, IA residents were born outside of the country (8.95k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Ames, IA is composed of 81.1k White Alone residents (84.5%), 7.01k Asian Alone residents (7.31%), 3.13k Hispanic or Latino residents (3.27%), 2.57k Two or More Races residents (2.68%), 1.79k Black or African American Alone residents (1.87%), 278 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.29%), 30 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0313%), and 14 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0146%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Ames, IA are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

25

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

28

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1

In 2017, the median age of all people in Ames, IA was 25.9. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 25, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 28. But people in Ames, IA are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Ames, IA residents was 26.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

9.33%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

8.95k people

9.24%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

8.76k people

As of 2017, 9.33% of Ames, IA residents (8.95k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Ames, IA was 9.24%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    41,844 ± 4,988 people

  2. China

    10,526 ± 2,515 people

  3. India

    10,455 ± 2,506 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Iowa was Mexico, the natal country of 41,844 Iowa residents, followed by China with 10,526 and India with 10,455.

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Citizenship

92.6%

2017 Citizenship

93%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 92.6% of Ames, IA residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Ames, IA was 93%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    81.1k ± 4

  2. Asian Alone

    7.01k ± 378

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    3.13k ± 285

In 2017, there were 11.6 times more White Alone residents (81.1k people) in Ames, IA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 7.01k Asian Alone and 3.13k Hispanic or Latino residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Ames, IA as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Ames, IA citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Ames, IA was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Ames, IA are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    1,071 ± 164

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    872 ± 229

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    507 ± 137

Ames, IA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.23 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Ames, IA awarded 8,477 degrees. The student population of Ames, IA is skewed towards men, with 20,706 male students and 15,746 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Ames, IA are White (6,239 and 83.8%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (343 and 4.61%), Unknown (309 and 4.15%), and Asian (191 and 2.57%).

The largest universities in Ames, IA by number of degrees awarded are Iowa State University (8,388 and 99%) and PCI Academy-Ames (89 and 1.05%).

The most popular majors in Ames, IA are Mechanical Engineering (358 and 4.22%), Kinesiology & Exercise Science (268 and 3.16%), and General Marketing & Marketing Management (251 and 2.96%).

The median tuition costs in Ames, IA are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $7,098 and $20,462 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 251 degrees awarded

  2. 358 degrees awarded

  3. 259 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Ames, IA was General Marketing & Marketing Management with 251 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Ames, IA according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 8,388 degrees awarded

  2. 89 degrees awarded

$7,098

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Ames, IA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Iowa State University with 8,388 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

4,309

Degrees Awarded to Men

4,168

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 4,309 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Ames, IA, which is 1.03 times more than the 4,168 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    6,239 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    343 degrees awarded

  3. Unknown

    309 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Ames, IA were to White students. These 6,239 degrees mean that there were 18.2 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 343 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Ames, IA was $172,900 in 2017, which is 0.795 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $167,800 to $172,900, a 3.04% increase. The homeownership rate in Ames, IA is 51.6%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Ames, IA have an average commute time of 16.8 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Ames, IA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$52,671

Median Household Income

± $2,162

37.1k

Number of Households

± 1,286

In 2017, the median household income of the 37.1k households in Ames, IA grew to $52,671 from the previous year's value of $51,201.

The following chart displays the households in Ames, IA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$172,900

2017 Median

± $3,657

$167,800

2016 Median

± $3,074

In 2017, the median property value in Ames, IA grew to to $172,900 from the previous year's value of $167,800.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Ames, IA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Ames, IA the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Ames, IA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Ames, IA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

51.6%

2017 Homeownership

52.9%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 51.6% of the housing units in Ames, IA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 52.9%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Ames, IA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Ames, IA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Ames, IA have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

16.8 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Ames, IA have a shorter commute time (16.8 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 0.659% of the workforce in Ames, IA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    72.8%

  2. Walked

    7.27%

  3. Carpooled

    6.21%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Ames, IA was Drove Alone, followed by those who Walked and those who Carpooled.

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