Awards, Accolades, Achievements

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The City of Ames has won numerous awards for being a progressive, innovative, and exciting community.

We have been recognized locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally for our schools, creativity, amenities, commitment to the environment, and quality of life.


• Top 5 Small Metro Areas for Retirees to Age Successfully (Investopedia, 2018)

• The Most Fitness Friendly Places of 2018 (SmartAsset, 2017)

Best Public High School in the State (24/7 Wall St., 2017)

• Ames named Technology Community of the Year (Technology Association of Iowa, 2017)

• Top 5 Small Metro Areas for Successful Aging (NCOA, 2017)

• Top 3 Cities Where Job Growth is Happening (NationalSwell, 2017)

• Home of the Best School District in Iowa (Business Insider, 2017)

Best School District in the State (Niche, 2017)

• The 25 Best Cities for Entrepreneurs (No. 8, Entrepreneur Magazine, 2017)

Best Places to Live 2016 (Money, 2016)

Best Small Cities for New Grads (Online Degrees, 2016)

Most Charitable Cities (The Beacon, 2016)

Top 10 College Towns to Live In (No. 9, SmartAsset, 2016)

• The Top 10 Cities for Career Opportunities in 2016 (SmartAsset, 2016)

The Healthiest Cities in America (, No. 3, 24/7 Wall St., 2016)

• Iowa State University named Best College in Iowa (Money, 2016)

Best College Towns in America (No. 3, Business Insider, 2016)

• Medium Cities in Top U.S. Cities for Public Transportation (No.5, Save on Energy, 2016)

• U.S. City with the Lowest Unemployment Rate (Forbes, 2016)

• Named the third Healthiest City in the United States (24/7 Wall St., 2016)

• Ranked No. 4 Best Small City to Make a Living (MoneyGeek, 2016)

• Ranked No. 35 in Top 100 Best Places to Live in 2016 (

• Ranked No. 3 on 2015 Best-Performing Small Cities: Where America's Jobs are Created and Sustained list (Milken Institute, 2015)

• Ranked No. 8 in Best  Cities in America to Get a Job in 2015 (Business Insider)

• Named one of the 15 Cities That Have Done the Best Since the Recession (Bloomberg, 2015)

• Ranked in the top 25 nationally for Best Places for STEM Grads (Nerdwallet, 2015)

• Ranked No. 8 in Best Towns for Millennials in America (Niche Rankings, 2015)

• Ranked No. 10 among small cities overall out of 421 MSAs for Best Cities for Job Growth (NewGeography, 2015)

• Ranked No. 1 of the 10 Best College Towns in 2014 (