Ames is located close to the center of Iowa. Ames is between the Story, Boone county. Ames has 24.21 square miles of land area and 0.06 square miles of water area. As of 2010-2014, the total Ames population is 61,276, which has grown 20.79% since 2000. The population growth rate is much higher than the state average rate of 5.19% and is much higher than the national average rate of 11.61%. Ames median household income is $42,373 in 2010-2014 and has grown by 17.57% since 2000. The income growth rate is much lower than the state average rate of 33.56% and is much lower than the national average rate of 27.36%. Ames median house value is $172,600 in 2010-2014 and has grown by 31.86% since 2000. The house value growth rate is much lower than the state average rate of 53.09% and is lower than the national average rate of 46.91%. As a reference, the national Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation rate for the same period is 26.63%. On average, the public school district that covers Ames is much better than the state average in quality. The Ames area code is 515.