Ames, Iowa Houses for Sale

Ames is situated in the central part of the state of Iowa and a city in Story County, and sits on the southern part of the Skunk River and is on the northern part of Des Moines. The area was initially called College Farm but was then renamed to Oakes Ames a year after the railroad financier and the congressman of Massachusetts. The railroad arrived in the area in 1864, which eventually led to more settlers arriving in the area and eventually became the home to Iowa State University. The city’s economy was primarily based on the university and became a mainstay, both directly and through the companies that were affiliated with the research park of the university. Ames’ industrial economy has been diversified, and it now includes the manufacture of containers, business forms, metal products, and abrasives.

Ames, IA Prices for Houses for Sale

368,477 +5%
326,250 +18%

Relative Price (per sqft.)


Listings of Ames Homes for Purchase

97 +10%
100 +7%

Market Duration of Homes Sold

53 +8%

Crime & Safety

Police Officers 55  
Police Civilians 24  
Total Arrests 470 (2020)
Total Incidents 2,417 (2020)
CrimeScore 21.79  
National Rank 2504th  
Statewide Rank 78th  

Local Statistics

Population 67,033 (0.01%)
House Size (sqft.) 1,466 (-3.96%)

Criminal Offenses

Arson 3
Assault Offenses 340
Burglary/Breaking & Entering 211
Counterfeiting/Forgery 46
Destruction/Damage/Vandalism of Property 385
Drug/Narcotic Offenses 181
Extortion/Blackmail 23
Fraud Offenses 358
Kidnapping/Abduction 3
Larceny/Theft Offenses 924
Motor Vehicle Theft 67
Pornography/Obscene Material 5
Prostitution Offenses 1
Robbery 15
Sex Offenses 75
Sex Offenses, Non-forcible 3
Stolen Property Offenses 6
Weapon Law Violations 21

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