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Ames, Iowa

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The location of Ames

Welcome to Ames ...

The city of Ames is located in Story County.

The location of Ames has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<1>

When the people of Ames refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Amesite<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2017, Ames has a population of 66,498 people<3> (see below for details).

Ames is 910 feet [277 m] above sea level.<4>.

Time Zone: Ames lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

Ames lies within the (515) area code.

The ZIP codes for Ames: 50010-50014<5>

Population Details ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Ames had a population of 58,965 people (which is 65.85% of the total population of Story County). This makes Ames the county's most populous community.

The population of Ames represents 1.94% of the total population of Iowa (which has 3,046,355 people), making it the state's 8th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 58,965 people, the population of Ames increased 16.23% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 50,731 people).

Taken from the 2017 Census Estimates, Ames had an population of 66,498 people. This is an increase of 12.78% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 31.08% since the 2000 Census).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Ames.

Communities near Ames ...

A sample of nearby communities can be found below.

Keep in mind that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance and not the distance as if you drove.<6>.

Community   2017
Boone   [Map]   12,510   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
Huxley   [Map]   3,782   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
Jewell   [Map]   1,175   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
Madrid   [Map]   2,587   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
Nevada   [Map]   6,777   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
Polk City   [Map]   4,646   S   18 miles [29 km]

To learn more about neighboring communities and counties, please visit the Nearby Page for Ames.

Communities Also Named Ames ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 17 communities that are also named Ames - they are located in Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan (2), Minnesota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas (2) and West Virginia.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Ames.

See Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Ames. If available, we provide a satellite view of the cemetery.
  • Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Ames. Our list includes information such as whether the community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.
  • We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Ames. Our list includes 22 papers.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper Page for Ames:

Websites for Ames ...

Official Website:
Chamber of Commerce:

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Ames ...

Looking for more information about Ames? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Ames, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Ames.

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Iowa

About Story County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Ames:

The official website for Story County:

The official website for State of Iowa:

Footnotes ...

<1>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.

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<2>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Ames refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Ames may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.

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<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Ames.

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<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Ames - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<5>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Ames). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Ames or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Ames includes: 50010, 50011, 50012, 50013 & 50014.

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<6>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Ames) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Ames. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Ames

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ames. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.0255, Longitude: -93.6269     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Ames have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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