Ames, Iowa Population 2020

67,962

Ames is a city located in Story County, Iowa. With a 2020 population of 67,962, it is the 8th largest city in Iowa and the 551st largest city in the United States. Ames is currently growing at a rate of 0.60% annually and its population has increased by 15.26% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 58,965 in 2010. Spanning over 28 miles, Ames has a population density of 2,486 people per square mile.

The average household income in Ames is $64,659 with a poverty rate of 28.44%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $905 per month, and the median house value is $196,400. The median age in Ames is 23.3 years, 23.1 years for males, and 23.7 years for females. For every 100 females there are 115.1 males.

Ames Demographics

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

  • White: 82.29%
  • Asian: 10.73%
  • Two or more races: 3.44%
  • Black or African American: 2.57%
  • Other race: 0.74%
  • Native American: 0.19%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.04%
The current population of Ames, Iowa is 67,962, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 67,154. The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 58,965.
Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202099,7958450.85%
201998,9508450.85%
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
White54,26282.29%
Asian7,07210.73%
Two or More Races2,2703.44%
Black or African American1,6932.57%
Some Other Race4900.74%
American Indian and Alaska Native1250.19%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander250.04%

Ames Population Pyramid 2020

Ames Median Age

23.3


Total

23.1


Male

23.7


Female

Ames Adults

There are 58,064 adults, (6,355 of whom are seniors) in Ames.

Ames Age Dependency

27.5

Age Dependency Ratio

12.3

Old Age Dependency Ratio

15.2

Child Dependency Ratio

Ames Sex Ratio

Female

30,655

46.49%

Male

35,282

53.51%

Ames Households and Families

Ames Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Ames Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married76.6%23.4%
All40.8%59.2%
Female38.7%61.3%
Male37.4%62.6%
Non Family19.4%80.6%

40.8%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All25,2432.2140.8
Non Family14,6811.7619.4
Married8,8972.8276.6
Female1,1623.1138.7
Male5032.5937.4

2.76

Average Family Size

2.21

Average Household Size

6.2%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.4%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Ames Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1970.66%
9th to 12th Grade5161.74%
High School Graduate3,74612.63%
Some College4,27814.43%
Associates Degree2,4408.23%
Bachelors Degree9,38131.64%
Graduate Degree9,09330.67%

Ames Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White23,92323,57614,418
Asian3,1783,0812,744
Hispanic949805558
Black846728451
Multiple Races694676326
Other Race189170153
Native American7070
Islander2525

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 asian people with a rate of 86.34%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$39,760$46,182$32,559
Less Than High School$$$10,000
High School Grad$24,044$24,264$23,611
Some College$32,122$39,019$27,051
Bachelors Degree$39,199$47,838$31,184
Graduate Degree$57,112$63,458$52,808

$39,760

Average Earnings

$46,182

Average Male

$32,559

Average Female

Ames Language

Ames Language by Age

Ames Language

85.29% of Ames residents speak only English, while 14.71% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Asian and Pacific Island languages, which is spoken by 8.44% of the population.

Ames Poverty

Ames Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White43,00011,12425.87%
Asian6,9492,68338.61%
Multiple2,13894844.34%
Black1,48354336.61%
Hispanic2,26751822.85%
Other4869419.34%
Native1176454.70%

28.44%

Overall Poverty Rate

30.08%

Male Poverty Rate

26.60%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Ames

The race most likely to be in poverty in Ames is Native, with 54.70% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Ames is Other, with 19.34% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.05%. Among those working part-time, it was 53.57%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 30.84%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School23.11%
Some College11.17%
High School10.25%
Bachelors or Greater5.31%
Name Poverty
Male Unemployed64.33%
Female Unemployed56.93%
Female Employed27.28%
Male Employed20.44%

Ames Income

Ames Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$46,127$64,659
Families$84,248$100,071
Married Families$95,345-
Non Families$26,960$37,699

Ames Marital Status

Ames Marital Status

Marriage Rates

31.9%

Overall Marriage Rate

29.3%

Male Marriage Rate

34.9%

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

2,093

Number of Veterans

1,962

Male Veterans

131

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Second Gulf War707
Vietnam552
First Gulf War310
Korea258
World War II127
Name Veterans % of Total
White1,9424.03%
2 or More905.46%
Asian360.58%
Hawaiian25100.00%
Hispanic170.88%

$Ames Veterans by Education

8.15%

Veteran Poverty Rate

21.95%

Veteran Disability Rate

Ames Employment Status

64.3%

Labor Force Participation

60.8%

Employment Rate

5.2%

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

51.93%

Born in Iowa

86.79%

Native Born

13.21%

Foreign Born

10.76%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

86.79% of Ames residents were born in the United States, with 51.93% having been born in Iowa. 10.76% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202067,9624040.60%
201967,5584040.60%
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%