Ames, Iowa Population 2019

67,154

Ames is a city located in the state of Iowa, located in Story County, where it is the largest city by population. The last recorded population at the time of the 2010 census showed that Ames had 58,965 residents.

This number has increased substantially in the years that followed, with estimates showing a new population of 67,154. This puts the city of Ames as the 8th most populous municipality in the state.

City Size and Population Density

This city – which was once named one of the best places to live in the U.S. – has a total area of over 24 square miles with a population density of 2,436 people per square mile.

Ames Age and Gender Statistics

Residents between the ages of 18 and 24 make up the largest age group in the city, accounting for approximately 40.5% of the total population. Over 13% of residents are under 18, while just 8.1% are at least 65 years old. More men than women live in this city, making up about 53% of the population.

Ames Population Growth

Since the 19th century, Ames’ population has only grown larger. The most recent estimates show that the population is up 12.3% since the last census of 2010. At this rate of growth, it won’t be long before Ames’ population has grown to exceed 100,000 residents.

Ames, Iowa's estimated population is 67,154 according to the most recent United States census estimates. Ames, Iowa is the 7th largest city in Iowa based on official 2017 estimates from the US Census Bureau.

The population density is 2663.97 people/mi² (1028.56 people/km²).

The overall median age is 23.1 years, 22.9 years for males, and 23.4 years for females. For every 100 females there are 114.2 males.

Based on data from the American Community Survey, in 2017 there were 26,277 households in the city, with an average size of 2.21 people per household. The homeowner vacancy rate was 0.8%, with a median rent of $876/month. The median house has 4.8 rooms, and has a value of $187,000.

The median income for households in Ames, Iowa is $42,755, while the mean household income is $63,199.

Ames Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Ames was:

  • White: 82.98%
  • Asian: 10.24%
  • Two or more races: 3.31%
  • Black or African American: 2.66%
  • Other race: 0.51%
  • Native American: 0.24%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.06%

How Many People Live in Ames, Iowa?

67,154
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
201867,1548691.31%
201766,2854040.61%
201665,8812190.33%
201565,6628971.39%
201464,7651,7192.73%
201363,0461,6202.64%
201261,4269941.64%
201160,4321,3322.25%
201059,1008,3691.54%
200050,7313,5330.72%
199047,1981,4230.31%
198045,7756,2701.48%
197039,50512,5023.88%
196027,0034,1051.66%
195022,89810,3436.19%
194012,5552,2942.04%
193010,2613,9915.05%
19206,2702,0474.03%
19104,2232,92312.50%
19001,3000.00%
Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
201898,1058450.86%
201797,2604150.43%
201696,8452400.25%
201596,6058080.84%
201495,7971,9262.01%
201393,8711,8721.99%
201291,9998740.95%
201191,1251,4711.61%
201089,6540.00%

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White53,94282.98%
Asian6,65510.24%
Two or More Races2,1533.31%
Black or African American1,7292.66%
Some Other Race3300.51%
American Indian and Alaska Native1570.24%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander390.06%

Ames Population Pyramid 2019

Ames Median Age

23.1


Total

22.9


Male

23.4


Female

Ames Adults

There are 57,200 adults, (6,087 of whom are seniors) in Ames.

Ames Age Dependency

27.2

Age Dependency Ratio

11.9

Old Age Dependency Ratio

15.3

Child Dependency Ratio

Ames Sex Ratio

Female

30,341

46.67%

Male

34,664

53.33%

Ames Households and Families

Ames Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Ames Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married74.7%25.3%
Female44.3%55.7%
All39.3%60.7%
Male30.7%69.3%
Non Family17.6%82.4%

39.3%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All25,1232.2139.3
Non Family14,7001.7517.6
Married8,9852.8274.7
Female1,0703.1444.3
Male3682.730.7

2.78

Average Family Size

2.21

Average Household Size

6.3%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.2%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Ames Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1850.64%
9th to 12th Grade5191.80%
High School Graduate3,82613.30%
Some College4,09014.22%
Associates Degree2,1057.32%
Bachelors Degree9,00831.31%
Graduate Degree9,03731.41%

Ames Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White23,60123,21114,348
Asian3,0202,8992,612
Black860720388
Hispanic811769499
Multiple Races396377219
Native American8181
Other Race706969
Islander3939

The highest rate of high school graduation is among native american people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among other race people with a rate of 98.57%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$38,609$44,014$32,618
Less Than High School$14,191$$
High School Grad$23,673$24,851$16,771
Some College$31,714$35,160$25,744
Bachelors Degree$38,600$48,750$31,869
Graduate Degree$54,896$61,174$48,978

$38,609

Average Earnings

$44,014

Average Male

$32,618

Average Female

Ames Language

Ames Language by Age

Ames Language

86.35% of Ames residents speak only English, while 13.65% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Asian and Pacific Island languages, which is spoken by 7.72% of the population.

Ames Poverty

Ames Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White43,42011,72527.00%
Asian6,4832,50638.65%
Multiple1,98881841.15%
Hispanic1,96560030.53%
Black1,54055335.91%
Other28615353.50%
Native1499563.76%

29.35%

Overall Poverty Rate

31.18%

Male Poverty Rate

27.29%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Ames

The race most likely to be in poverty in Ames is Native, with 63.76% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Ames is White, with 27.00% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.07%. Among those working part-time, it was 54.76%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 31.47%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School27.99%
High School10.94%
Some College10.85%
Bachelors or Greater5.45%
Name Poverty
Male Unemployed57.21%
Female Unemployed38.80%
Female Employed29.57%
Male Employed23.06%

Ames Income

Ames Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$42,755$63,199
Families$85,640$99,234
Married Families$94,274-
Non Families$25,102$36,329

Ames Marital Status

Ames Marital Status

Marriage Rates

32.4%

Overall Marriage Rate

30.2%

Male Marriage Rate

35.0%

Female Marriage Rate

Ames Married by Age and Sex

Ames Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 55-64.

Ames Marital Status by Race

Ames Veterans

2,266

Number of Veterans

2,115

Male Veterans

151

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Second Gulf War624
Vietnam610
First Gulf War322
Korea283
World War II207
Age Group Veterans
75+753
18 to 34534
65 to 74407
35 to 54332
55 to 64240

Ames Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White2,1104.41%
2 or More1016.49%
Hawaiian3076.92%
Asian250.43%
Hispanic231.31%

Ames Veterans by Education

7.96%

Veteran Poverty Rate

21.01%

Veteran Disability Rate

Ames Employment Status

64.2%

Labor Force Participation

60.7%

Employment Rate

5.3%

Unemployment Rate

Ames Place of Birth

Origin of Non Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

52.46%

Born in Iowa

87.33%

Native Born

12.67%

Foreign Born

10.44%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

87.33% of Ames residents were born in the United States, with 52.46% having been born in Iowa. 10.44% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.