Theme-Logo Ames, Iowa MSA
Centrally and conveniently located in the heart of the Midwest and Iowa, along Highway 30 and Interstate 35 in Iowa's Cultivation Corridor, the Ames MSA is known for its healthy, stable economy, flourishing cultural environment, and the world renowned university.

The Ames MSA is an attractive location for new businesses to locate and for existing businesses to expand. World class companies including 3M, Barilla, BASF, Boehringer Ingelheim, Danfoss, Syngenta, and many others are located in Story County. The community's commitment to excellence is contagious.

Home of Iowa State University with student enrollment around 36,500 (ISU, 2018). Ames is vital to the Cultivation Corridor, the Ames-Des Moines Corridor with an estimated population of 764,300.

124,514

Population

68,989

Total Regional Employment

$58.6K

Median Household Income

Population

5-yr. population change comparison: Ames MSA +1% vs. Iowa +2% vs. Nation +3%

Educational Attainment

27.2% of Ames MSA residents possess a Bachelor's Degree (7.2% above the national average)

$5.8B

Regional GRP

$8.9B

Total Imports

$9.6B

Total Exports

Industry

3,452

Payrolled Business Locations

16,159

Retirement risk: employees 55 or older

1.2%

Job growth over past 5 yrs.

$60,455

Avg. Earnings Per Job

2,667

Employers competing in the region who posted for a job over the last 12 months

27,268

Number of unique postings for a particular job over the last 12 months

28

Median job posting duration is the same as what's typical in the Ames MSA region

Jobs

Job Postings

Labor Force & Unemployment

Workforce

Commuters & Remote Workers

Well Being & Happiness

Housing