Stroll down the streets of a thriving, mid-sized Midwestern town that is growing in population and scientific significance. Enjoy a major university setting humming with youthful energy, innovative ideas and world-class achievements. Experience a pleasant rural environment that offers both scenic beauty and access to major metro areas. Welcome to life in Ames, Iowa!
Situated in central Iowa approximately 30 miles north of the state capital Des Moines, Ames has a populace of 66,000. As the home of Iowa State University and its 36,000 students, we have access to a wide variety of recreational and cultural attractions for people of all ages, including major college sporting events. The Campustown neighborhood in particular features a pleasant mix of nightlife, restaurants and local shops catering to a broad array of interests. Cultural attractions in Ames include a wide variety of museums, live theater and music venues, a Farmer’s Market and festivals throughout the year.
Ames is of strong interest to individuals specializing in animal science. The local Iowa State University features excellent colleges of agriculture and veterinary medicine, both of which are known for groundbreaking research. And the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has established the nation’s largest federal animal disease center, the Agricultural Research Service’s National Animal Disease Center and one of the country’s two Animal Health and Plant Health Inspection Services here.
Come to a place that has consistently been ranked among the nation’s best places to live. And come into your own in Ames, Iowa.