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Enjoy Your Time in Ames, Iowa!

Located in the heart of the state, Ames, Iowa, is a wonderful community to visit. Whether coming for a weekend, a week, or considering a long-term stay, Ames offers four seasons of activity, entertainment, shopping, dining, recreation, and more.  

Ames has a population of more than 62,000 and serves as a regional hub for central Iowa. The community features more than three dozen parks and more than 50 miles of hard-surface shared use trails.

Ada Hayden Heritage ParkThe Ames community is linked through geography, tradition, and enthusiasm to Iowa State University. Established in 1858, Iowa State University features many picturesque acres, attractive buildings, and more than 36,000 students. The University brings excitement and vitality to the city, and provides cultural and entertainment options typically found only in larger cities. CyRide, the public transit system, connects the university and entire community through an extensive connection of bus routes served by a mix of diesel and hybrid buses.

Ames has won numerous awards for being a progressive, innovative, and exciting community. The community has been recognized locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally for our schools, creativity, amenities, commitment to the environment, and quality of life. 

With a stable economy, low unemployment and family friendly activities, it's no wonder MSN Real Estate named Ames one of the "Most Livable Bargain Markets" of 2010. attributes Ames' integral interaction between the University and City, the beautiful parks, and the friendliness of the community as just some of the reasons Ames is one of the "Best Places to Live." USA Today newspaper has named Ames the Healthiest City in the Nation, and the community has made many, many lists of awards.

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