Ames is located in the central part of Iowa, just off I35 and Hwy 30, allowing easy access to the community and our 3M plant. Ames is a community of over 50,000 and the home of Iowa State University, the nation's first land grant university. 3M is one of the larger employers in the area along with many other manufacturing facilities.
The City of Ames, like other communities, is made up of parks, stores, homes, offices, industrial areas, shopping centers, and lots more.
More than 25,000 students attend Iowa State University, a comprehensive university known for excellence in science and technical fields and the arts and humanities. Iowa State has the largest undergraduate enrollment of any campus in Iowa, and included students from all 50 states and 112 other countries.
The Ames Community School District consists of eight elementary schools, one middle school and one high school. Ames High School is a four-year high school with an emphasis on college preparation. The school enjoys an excellent reputation within the state and nation.
The Iowa State Center regularly features leading rock, pop, country and folk performers and popular Broadway shows for audiences ranging up to 14,000.
Iowa State University also brings big-time athletics to Ames. The university's athletic program offers 20 NCAA intercollegiate sports and participates in the prestigious Big 12 Conference.
Parks & Recreation
The Ames Park & Recreation Department offers endless recreational opportunities. Ames has 1,374 acres of park. Ames is a bicycle friendly community with more than 42 miles of bike paths throughout the community.