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Ames, IA Metro Area


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2022 population: 126,282   ( 36,740 from 2010)
Land area: 1143.0 square miles
Population density: 110.5 persons per square mile

2022 Census data
White:107,983 85.51% 38.8%
Black:3,2262.55% 51.8%
Indian:2740.22% 104.5%
Asian:7,9946.33% 48.4%
2+ races:1,9391.54% 51.7%
Hispanic:4,8663.85% 80.6%
Total non-White:18,29914.49% 56.0%

2020-2022 ComponentsNumberRate
Births:2,405 9.6
Deaths:2,0898.3
Net Migration: -450-1.8
Net Immigration: 1,0364.1
Change in White population:30,171 33.7
Change in Non-White pop.:6,569 7.3




Race Breakdown with Components of Population Change

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Year:
Total population:
White:
Black:
Indian:
Asian:
2+ races:
Hispanic:
Total non-White:

2010
89,542
77,81286.90%
2,1252.37%
1340.15%
5,3866.02%
1,2781.43%
2,6953.01%
11,73013.10%

2000
79,981
72,22190.30%
1,4411.80%
1160.15%
4,1015.13%
7880.99%
1,2381.55%
7,7609.70%

1990
74,252
68,86992.75%
1,2231.65%
850.11%
3,3554.52%
n/a
7200.97%
5,3837.25%

1980
72,326
69,32695.85%
8391.16%
460.06%
1,3631.88%
n/a
6060.84%
3,0004.15%

1970
62,783
61,44497.87%
3020.48%
330.05%
4260.68%
n/a
3630.58%
1,339 2.13%

Decade:
Components:
Births:
Deaths:
Net Migration:
Net Immigration:
Change in White population:
Change in Non-White pop.:

2000's
NumberRate
8,914 11.1
4,3985.5
-728-0.9
3,8704.8
5,591 7.0
3,970 5.0
1990's
NumberRate
8,612 11.6
4,3585.9
-3,153-4.2
1,0061.4
3,352 4.5
2,377 3.2
1980's
NumberRate
9,925 13.7
3,996 5.5
-4,355 -6.0
n/a
-457 -0.6
2,383 3.3
1970's
NumberRate
n/a
n/a
3,483 5.5
n/a
7,882 12.6
1,661 2.6

Age, Family & Household Data for Ames, IA Metro Area

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Year:
 
Median Age:
Under 18:
Voting Age Population:
Over 65:
Households:
Persons Per HH:
Families (%HH):
Married Couples (%Fams):
Single Mothers (%Fams):
Non-Family (%HH):

2022
NumberPercent
30.1
21,386 16.9%
104,896 83.1%
17,586 13.9%
49,305
2.28
25,897 52.5%
21,382 82.6%
1,654 6.4%
23,408 47.5%

2010
NumberPercent
26.7
15,953 17.8%
73,589 82.2%
8,945 10.0%
34,736
2.34
18,493 53.2%
15,291 82.7%
1,351 7.3%
16,243 46.8%

2000
NumberPercent
27.0
15,234 19.0%
64,747 81.0%
7,782 9.7%
29,386
2.39
17,064 58.1%
14,514 85.1%
1,107 6.5%
12,322 41.9%

1990
NumberPercent
26.0
14,708 19.8%
59,544 80.2%
7,133 9.6%
26,015
2.44
16,053 61.7%
14,073 87.7%
1,012 6.3%
9,962 38.3%

1980
NumberPercent
24.4
15,027 20.8%
57,299 79.2%
6,035 8.3%
23,657
2.54
15,761 66.6%
14,283 90.6%
763 4.8%
7,896 33.4%

2022 Housing Data for Ames, IA Metro Area

Housing Data
 Number%
Housing Units53,297 
Median Value$216,208 
Occupied49,30592.5%
Vacant3,9927.5%
Owned30,07161.0%
Rented19,23439.0%
Median Rent$960 
Single-Family Units33,62763.1%
    Detached30,89758.0%
    Attached2,7305.1%
Buldings with 5+ Units14,29626.8%
Mobile Homes1,8473.5%

2022 Income & Employment Data for Ames, IA Metro Area

Household Income
RangeNumber%
Less than $10,0003,1386.4%
$10,000 to $14,9992,1224.3%
$15,000 to $19,9992,3334.7%
$20,000 to $24,9991,6213.3%
$25,000 to $29,9991,6753.4%
$30,000 to $34,9991,9524.0%
$35,000 to $39,9991,5273.1%
$40,000 to $44,9991,8933.8%
$45,000 to $49,9991,8213.7%
$50,000 to $59,9993,7917.7%
$60,000 to $74,9995,14910.4%
$75,000 to $99,9996,63613.5%
$100,000 to $124,9994,6529.4%
$125,000 to $149,9993,6997.5%
$150,000 to $199,9993,7867.7%
$200,000 or more3,5107.1%
Median Household Income68,309 
Per Capita Income36,317 
Cost of Living Index   (100 = average)
Compared to U.S.92 
Welfare Households
 Number%
SSI1,2392.5%
Public Assistance6431.3%
Public Asst. or Food Stamps2,8835.8%
Labor Force, Ages 25-64
 Number%
Employed61,99472.3%
Unemployed3,1243.6%
In Armed Forces1330.2%
Total Labor Force65,25176.1%
Not in Labor Force20,49123.9%
Real Unemployment Rate 27.5%
Class of Worker
 MaleFemale% Male
Private Sector21,90716,84056.5%
Non-Profit1,6672,90636.5%
Self-Employed3,2912,01662.0%
Local Government1,6302,95535.6%
State Government6,7395,50955.0%
Federal Government1,13671861.3%
Total Private + Self25,19818,85657.2%
Total Non-Profit + Govt.11,17212,08848.0%
Total36,37030,94454.0%
Pct. Govt.27.8%  
Occupation
 Number%
Management, Business, Science, Arts9,68014.4%
Sales and Office Occupations12,66818.8%
Professional, Technical19,88329.5%
Service Occupations11,91517.7%
Farming, Forestry, Fishing7481.1%
All others13,29919.7%
White Collar 62.6%
Industry
 Number%
Educational services14,49527.2%
Health care and social assistance7,96715.0%
Retail trade7,52714.1%
Manufacturing6,60612.4%
Accommodation and food services4,3868.2%
Construction3,9517.4%
Professional, scientific, technical3,7867.1%
Public administration2,8045.3%
Transportation and warehousing2,4564.6%
Finance and insurance2,3944.5%
Other services2,2284.2%
Agriculture, forestry, fishing, hunting1,9733.7%
Administrative, support, waste mgmt.1,6503.1%
Wholesale trade1,4952.8%
Real estate and rental and leasing1,1112.1%
Arts, entertainment, recreation1,1062.1%
Information8661.6%
Utilities4060.8%
Mining, quarrying, oil/gas extraction1700.3%
Management680.1%

2022 Ancestry, Citizenship & Language Data for Ames, IA Metro Area

Hispanic Breakdown
CountryNumber%
Mexican3,0532.44%
Puerto Rican2190.17%
Cuban510.04%
Dominican110.01%
Total Central American3080.25%
Costa Rican130.01%
Guatemalan1630.13%
Honduran440.04%
Nicaraguan00.00%
Panamanian370.03%
Salvadoran510.04%
Other Central American00.00%
Total South American2810.22%
Argentinean260.02%
Bolivian100.01%
Chilean100.01%
Colombian360.03%
Ecuadorian30.00%
Paraguayan00.00%
Peruvian630.05%
Uruguayan190.02%
Venezuelan1110.09%
Other South American30.00%
Other Hispanic5750.46%
Asian Breakdown
CountryNumber%
Chinese3,0242.41%
Indian1,0310.82%
Korean1,0110.81%
Vietnamese6060.48%
Filipino5470.44%
Bangladeshi1890.15%
Laotian1820.15%
Mongolian780.06%
Indonesian760.06%
Language Spoken at Home
LanguageNumber%
English108,27790.4%
Chinese2,5502.1%
Spanish2,3392.0%
Other Indo-European2,1191.8%
Other Asian1,0900.9%
Korean7100.6%
German, other Germanic5230.4%
Vietnamese5090.4%
Other4850.4%
Ancestry
CountryNumber%
German40,67932.5%
Irish15,37012.3%
English12,69610.1%
Norwegian10,8128.6%
Swedish3,7893.0%
American3,5062.8%
Dutch3,4032.7%
Italian2,6012.1%
Scottish2,2601.8%
European2,0841.7%
Danish2,0101.6%
French1,9161.5%
Polish1,8231.5%
Scandinavian1,3411.1%
British1,2451.0%
Citizenship & Nativity
 Number%
U.S. citizen119,14495.1%
Not a citizen6,1294.9%
Native116,06192.6%
Foreign-born9,2127.4%

2022 Educational Attainment Data for Ames, IA Metro Area

Educational Attainment, Population 25 Years and Older
< 9 Years9-12 YearsH.S. Grad or GEDSome CollegeBach. DegreeGrad Degree
574 0.8%1,870 2.6%14,521 20.5%21,604 30.5%19,247 27.2%12,957 18.3%
  Average years of education: 14.6
Population 25 Years and Older
< 9 Years 574 0.8%
9-12 Years 1,870 2.6%
H.S. Grad or GED 14,521 20.5%
Some College 21,604 30.5%
Bach. Degree 19,247 27.2%
Grad Degree 12,957 18.3%
Average years of education: 14.6

Source for the above data: U.S. Census Bureau / American Community Survey (5 year-estimates)


Historical Labor Force Data for Ames, IA Metro Area

Labor Force Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics
YearLabor
Force
EmployedUnemployedUnemp.
Rate
State
Avg.
1990 109,116 104,848 4,268 3.9%
1991 109,510 104,934 4,576 4.2%
1992 113,164 108,932 4,232 3.7%
1993 116,394 112,590 3,804 3.3%
1994 119,242 115,644 3,598 3.0%
1995 118,848 115,426 3,422 2.9%
1996 120,860 117,598 3,262 2.7%
1997 120,232 117,106 3,126 2.6%
1998 120,820 117,756 3,064 2.5%
1999 121,276 118,636 2,640 2.2%
2000 121,914 119,616 2,298 1.9%
2001 122,488 119,716 2,772 2.3%
2002 125,546 122,148 3,398 2.7%
2003 124,096 120,398 3,698 3.0%
2004 123,304 119,470 3,834 3.1%
2005 124,488 120,558 3,930 3.2%
2006 126,600 123,216 3,384 2.7%
2007 127,170 123,476 3,694 2.9%
2008 129,194 124,998 4,196 3.2%
2009 129,566 123,048 6,518 5.0%
2010 135,990 129,724 6,266 4.6%
2011 136,296 130,520 5,776 4.2%
2012 136,346 131,236 5,110 3.7%
2013 139,456 134,592 4,864 3.5%
2014 143,650 139,352 4,298 3.0%
2015 145,506 141,748 3,758 2.6%
2016 144,926 141,422 3,504 2.4%
2017 144,806 141,810 2,996 2.1%
2018 146,366 143,804 2,562 1.8%
2019 147,934 145,034 2,900 2.0%
2020 141,852 136,604 5,248 3.7%
2021 144,968 140,940 4,028 2.8%
2022 149,214 146,134 3,080 2.1%
Link: Information about the TRUE unemployment rate from shadowstats.com