Ames, located in the heart of Iowa, is just 30 miles north of Des Moines and home to Iowa State University. The city was founded in 1864 as a station stop along the Cedar Rapids and Missouri Railroad, and was named after U.S. congressman Oakes Ames of Massachusetts who had a significant impact on the railroad system. Today, Ames is home to almost 60,000 residents, making it the second-fastest growing city in Iowa.
Ames balances the best of small-town living with big city opportunities, and others notice! Ames has been ranked the #1 best college town in the nation for 2014 in one survey, and #5 out of 50 best college towns in America in another. In 2012 Ames was recognized as one of the Midwest's eight best locations to retire by Where to Retire magazine and the #2 Best College Town in America according to Business Insider. In 2010 CNNMoney ranked Ames #9 in the Top 100 Best Places to Live. The city's commitment to innovative and sustainable practices landed it on Mother Earth News' third annual Great Places You've Never Heard Of list in 2008, one of only nine communities honored. Ames' innovative Resource Recovery System as well as the mix of cultural and educational activities available were two reasons Ames was cited.
More than 28,000 students are enrolled at Iowa State University, the school renowned for agriculture, architecture, engineering and marketing programs. Located on campus is Reiman Gardens, a 14-acre year-round site featuring a 2,500 square foot butterfly wing. The Iowa State Center brings world-class performing arts to Ames and houses the Brunnier Art Museum, and sports bring another level of excitment to the area as the ISU Cyclones compete in the Big 12 in football, basketball, wrestling, and more!
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