Ames, Iowa

Ames: The most populous city in Story County, Iowa. It is located on the Des Moines River in central Iowa. Ames is known for its many parks and green spaces, its many historical sites, and its many attractions, such as the Iowa State University campus and the Ames Historical Society.


Ames is a city located in the county of Story in the U.S. state of Iowa. Its population at the 2010 census was 58,965 and a population density of 901 people per km². After 10 years in 2020 city had an estimated population of 67,033 inhabitants.

The city was created 159 years ago in 1863.

Ames locator map
Location of Ames on Iowa map.

Quick Facts about Ames

Population : 67,033 (2020)
Country : United States of America
State : Iowa (United States)
County : Story County
Different from : Ames
Postal code : 50010–50014
Phone Area Codes : 515
Area : 65.42 km2
Altitude : 942 feet / 287 meters
Establishment : January 01, 1864 (159 years ago)
Time Zone : UTC−06:00
Local time : 22:37:32 (28th November 2023)
Density : 1,025 Pop. per km² as of 2020
Population growth : 12.04% (2010-2020)
Weather : 8℉ Clear 7-days weather
Ames Montage image
Ames Montage
Ames Montage image


Ames is located at 42°2'5"N 93°37'12"W (42.0347100, -93.6199400).

Ames map


Ames forecast: Clear. Low around 8, with temperatures rising to around 11 overnight. Wind chill values as low as 1. West wind around 6 mph. more


The population of Ames increased by 12.04% in 10 years.

Year Population % Change Method
2010 58,965 - census
2011 60,440 2.44% estimation process
2012 61,427 1.61% estimation process
2013 63,053 2.58% estimation process
2014 64,773 2.66% estimation process
2015 65,685 1.39% estimation process
2016 65,915 0.35% estimation process
2017 66,301 0.58% estimation process
2018 66,001 -0.45% estimation process
2019 66,258 0.39% estimation process
2020 67,033 1.16% estimation process

Ames zip code is 50010. County name: Story, County fips: 19169

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People born in Ames (74)

People born in Ames, including poet Ted Kooser, basketball player Harrison Barnes, physician and astronaut Laurel Clark, .


  • Jane Espenson (American television writer and producer) she was born in 14/07/1964
  • Billy Sunday (American evangelist and baseball player) he was born in 19/11/1862
  • Ann Cotten (German poet) she was born in 01/01/1982
  • Sara Paretsky (modern American author of detective fiction) she was born in 08/06/1947
  • Evan Stone (American movie actor) he was born in 18/07/1969
  • Charles Dodge (American composer) he was born in 05/06/1942
  • James Bovard (American journalist) he was born in 22/07/1956
  • Edward Mezvinsky (American politician) he was born in 17/01/1937
  • Peter Schickele (American composer, musical educator, and parodist) he was born in 17/07/1935
  • Fred Church (actor (1889-1983)) he was born in 17/10/1889
  • Luke Zeller (American basketball player) he was born in 04/04/1987
  • Neva Morris (American supercentenarian) she was born in 03/08/1895
  • Albert H. MacCarthy (American mountaineer) he was born in 01/01/1876
  • Dick Gibbs (American basketball player) he was born in 20/12/1948
  • Leslie Hall (American woman rapper from Iowa) she was born in 15/11/1981
  • Anthony W. Norman (distinguished professor emeritus of biochemistry and biomedical sciences University of California, Riverside) he was born in 01/01/1938
  • Arthur T. Mosher (American agronomist) he was born in 01/01/1910
  • Beth Wessel-Kroeschell (American politician) she was born in 01/01/1959

Schools in Ames

College & universities near Ames, IA

Code Name City ZIP
153603 Iowa State University Ames (IA) 50011-2103
154208 PCI Academy-Ames Ames (IA) 50010
153320 Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary Ankeny (IA) 50023-2152
153214 Des Moines Area Community College Ankeny (IA) 50023-3993
153764 La James International College-Johnston Johnston (IA) 50131

Stations (1)

Amtrak & bus stations near Ames, IA

Code Name Address Type
OSC Osceola Main & East Clay Streets RAIL

Post offices near Ames

Post Office Name City ZIP
Am Post Office Ames (IA) 50010
Memorial Union Post Office Ames (IA) 50014
Cyclone Station Post Office Ames (IA) 50014
Gilber Post Office Gilbert (IA) 50105
Nevada Post Office Nevada (IA) 50201

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  • Ames , Texas city in Liberty County, Texas, United States with a population of 1,275 people.
  • Ames , Texas city in Liberty County, Texas, United States with a population of 1,064 people.
  • Ames , Oklahoma town in Major County, Oklahoma, United States with a population of 239 people.
  • Ames , New York village in Montgomery County, New York, United States with a population of 139 people.

Other cities in Story County

Cities, towns, neighborhoods & other populated places in Story County , IA.

City Name Population Title
Nevada 6,682 Town in Story County, Iowa, United States
Huxley 4,270 City in Story County, Iowa, United States
Story City 3,320 City in Iowa
Slater 1,471 City in Story County, Iowa, United States
Roland 1,252 City in Iowa
Gilbert 1,152 City in Story County, Iowa, United States
Maxwell 908 City in Iowa
Colo 819 City in Story County, Iowa, United States of America
Cambridge 796 City in Iowa, USA
Zearing 517 Human settlement in Story County, Iowa, United States of America
Collins 472 City in Story County, Iowa, United States
Sheldahl 325 Human settlement in Iowa, United States of America
McCallsburg 320 Human settlement in Story County, Iowa, United States of America
Kelley 300 City in Iowa, USA

Distance to Other Cities

Ames distances to largest Iowa cities