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Ames, Iowa

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Welcome to Ames ...

The city of Ames is located in Story County<1>.

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

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Ames has a population of 66,258 people<3> (see below for details).

We don't have a date for the establishment of Ames.

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 is within the (515) area code.

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

Websites for Ames ...

Official Website:

Chamber of Commerce:

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Ames had an population of 66,258 people. This is an increase of 12.37% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 30.61% since the 2000 Census).

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 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 (which had a count of 50,731 people).

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

Adding Ames to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Ames in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Ames was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Ames on a map titled Rand McNally Map of Iowa (1911).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Ames on our Genealogy Page.

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.

Communities near Ames ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Ames.

  • Boone [Boone County]
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    • Boone [Boone County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<6> to the west of Ames
    • Estimated population in 2019: 12,384 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Boone
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Boone<7>
  • Nevada [Story County]
  • Polk City [Polk County]
  • Huxley [Story County]
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    • Huxley [Story County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<6> to the south of Ames
    • Estimated population in 2019: 4,036 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Huxley have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Huxley<7>
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    • Story City [Story County]
    • Madrid [Boone County]
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      • Madrid [Boone County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<6> to the southwest of Ames
      • Estimated population in 2019: 2,549 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Madrid
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Madrid<7>
    • Slater [Story County]
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      • Slater [Story County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<6> to the south of Ames
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,458 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Slater
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Slater<7>
    • Woodward [Dallas County]
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      • Woodward [Dallas County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<6> to the southwest of Ames
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,448 people
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      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Woodward<7>
    • Roland [Story County]
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      • Roland [Story County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<6> to the northeast of Ames
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,254 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Roland
    • Jewell [Hamilton County]
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      • Jewell [Hamilton County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<6> to the north of Ames
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,139 people
      • Jewell has also been known as:
      • Jewell Junction
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      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Jewell<7>

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

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

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Ames. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Ames.

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 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Ames.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Ames. Our list includes 22 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Ames.

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 ...

Communities in 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>If you're interested in how the shape of Iowa's counties, including Story, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<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.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Ames.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Ames - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<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.
<6>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things 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 (or directions), 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 AmesOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ames. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.0227, Longitude: -93.6332    
<7>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<8>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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