See what makes Ames, Iowa, one of America’s best places to work and live.

While a career at the Iowa State University Research Park puts you at the cutting edge, Ames surrounds you with a community of natural beauty and comfort. Here are just a few reasons Ames makes a great place to start a new home and/or raise a family:

  • Small-city charm with big-city opportunities
  • Abundant housing options, from historical residential districts to modern apartment complexes
  • Abundant parks, bike paths and outdoor areas (view trail maps)
  • Shopping districts, including Main Street shops and restaurants and mall options
  • Newly built aquatic center
  • Sporting events at a Big 12 school
  • Strong K-12 school system
  • Municipal airport for direct destination travel
  • Green initiatives, including waste-to-energy and citywide recycling programs
  • Cultural offerings, including live music, art galleries, theater and the national acts of the Iowa State Center

Ames has earned a number of awards for its high quality of life and number of opportunities, including “Top 100 Best Places to Live” and a “Leading Location” for job and economic growth.

Community Resources

Learn more about what Ames has to offer.

To learn more about Ames, please visit the following sites:

Ames Convention & Visitors Bureau

Ames Chamber of Commerce

City of Ames

Iowa State University

Ames Main Street District

Guide to Ames, Iowa