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Average Rent in Ames, IA

Avg. RentAnnual Change
Ames Studio - $735+7%
Ames 1 Bed - $838+4%
Ames 2 Beds - $933-4%
Last updated 6/24/2024

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Local Reviews

It's very quiet. Love the Mexican restaurant. Love going to the parks. There are one to three great swinger parties around here the people are great to meet and out with and more and more new people are coming to join.

I like that there's public transport nearby, it's easy to get to the highway, and it's family friendly

No restaurants in the area, but there are several good ones in town. It IS a quiet neighborhood most days.

Demographics

Education

High School

15%

Associate's

23%

Bachelor's

34%

Master's

17%

Doctorate

11%

Family Size

2 people

52%

3 people

24%

4 people

17%

5 people

5%

6+ people

2%

Household Income

0-50k

51%

50-100k

27%

100-150k

13%

150-200k

5%

200k+

5%

Age

0-10

8%

10-20

17%

20-45

52%

45-65

13%

65+

10%

Affordability

Percentage: 4/54/5

Renters gave this area a 4 out of 5 for affordability

Last updated 6/24/2024

*The rent information included in this summary is based on a median calculation of multifamily rental property inventory on Apartment Guide and Rent.com over the past 12-months and is for illustrative purposes only. This information does not constitute a pricing guarantee or financial advice related to the rental market.

Rent Trends

Average rent in Ames, IA

In Ames, IA, as of 2024, the average rent for apartments ranges from $735 to $933. Specifically, the average rent for a studio apartment in Ames, IA is $735. For those seeking a 1-bedroom apartments, the average rent is $838. And for a 2-bedroom apartment, renters can expect to pay an average of $933.

Annual Rent Change Over the Past 12 Months

Studio

+7%

Changed from $687 to $735
1 Bed

+4%

Changed from $806 to $838
2 Beds

-4%

Changed from $972 to $933
Last updated 6/24/2024

Rent Ranges

Apartment PricesProportion
6%
45%
21%
12%
16%

Compare Other Cities

CityStudio Avg RentAnnual Change
Ankeny$1,083-13%
Johnston$1,077+2%
Waukee$974+24%
Des Moines$964+11%
Clive$900--
Grimes$895-8%
Pleasant Hill$872+1%
West Des Moines$850-4%
Altoona$771+30%
Fort Dodge$627-27%
Indianola$625--
Marshalltown$550-4%
Newton$495--
City1 Bed Avg RentAnnual Change
Ankeny$1,2830%
Johnston$1,242-1%
Waukee$1,225+21%
Indianola$1,177+74%
Des Moines$1,136+9%
Altoona$1,108+20%
Grimes$1,095+27%
West Des Moines$1,052-3%
Newton$1,050+100%
Norwalk$1,040+2%
Clive$1,025--
Pleasant Hill$980-1%
Urbandale$9020%
Fort Dodge$835-23%
Story City$7450%
City2 Beds Avg RentAnnual Change
Ankeny$1,600+2%
Waukee$1,574+17%
Johnston$1,487-1%
Clive$1,350--
Altoona$1,333+35%
Grimes$1,295+37%
Pleasant Hill$1,275+2%
Perry$1,270--
Indianola$1,175+57%
West Des Moines$1,172-19%
Norwalk$1,140-12%
Des Moines$1,065+5%
Urbandale$1,045+8%
Windsor Heights$1,024+32%
Fort Dodge$985-36%
Story City$850--
Newton$7100%
Marshalltown$700-3%

Compare Neighborhoods

Sawyer West

$710

1 Bed Avg. Rent

North Ames

$720

1 Bed Avg. Rent

Edwards

$816

1 Bed Avg. Rent

What are the most affordable neighborhoods in Ames, IA?

For renters in Ames seeking more affordable options, the neighborhoods to watch are Sawyer West, North Ames, and Edwards, where average rents for 1-bedroom apartments stand at $710, $720, and $816 respectively. Additional areas offering value are College Creek and Old Town, where the rents are $837 and $850, a favorable comparison to Ames's overall 1-bedroom average of $838.

What are the most expensive neighborhoods in Ames, IA?

In Ames, the neighborhoods commanding the highest rents are South Campus Area, Wessex, and Somer Street. A 1-bedroom apartment in South Campus Area averages at $1,200, in Wessex it averages $925, and in Somer Street, the average is $880. For additional high-end living options, Old Town offers 1-bedroom apartments at $850, and College Creek at $837. These rates compare to the overall average rent of $838 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Ames, highlighting the premium nature of these specific neighborhoods.

What are the most popular neighborhoods in Ames, IA?

In Ames, the most sought-after neighborhoods for renters include North Ames, Somer Street, and Edwards. In North Ames, the average rent for a 1-bedroom apartment is $720. Somer Street sees average rents of $880 for a 1-bedroom unit. Edwards offers similar appeal with 1-bedroom apartments averaging $816. For those seeking other popular areas, South Campus Area presents 1-bedroom apartments at $1,200, and College Creek at $837. These prices are set against the backdrop of the city-wide average of $838 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Ames, underscoring the popularity of these particular neighborhoods.

NeighborhoodStudio Avg RentAnnual Change
Somer Street$775--
Edwards$735+7%
Neighborhood1 Bed Avg RentAnnual Change
Wessex$925--
Somer Street$880+4%
Old Town$850--
College Creek$837+9%
Edwards$8160%
North Ames$720+19%
Sawyer West$710-14%
Neighborhood2 Beds Avg RentAnnual Change
North West Ames$1,085-3%
Somer Street$1,050--
College Creek$995+24%
Old Town$980+8%
Edwards$9220%
North Ames$820+6%
Sawyer West$790+4%

Transportation

Commute Time

0-15 Mins

53%

15-30 Mins

33%

30-40 Mins

4%

40-60 Mins

7%

60+ Mins

2%

Transportation Scores

Percentage: 4747

Walk Score®

Walkable

No

Say 5 of 7 renters

Has Sidewalks

Yes

Say 6 of 7 renters

Percentage: 6767

Bike Score®

Bike Friendly

Yes

Say 6 of 7 renters

Percentage: 8585

Transit Score®

They Are Located Near Public Transportation

Yes

Say 6 of 7 renters

Need A Car

No

Say 4 of 7 renters

Area Amenities

Top Score

Retail Shops

3/5 stars based on undefined reviews

If you love to shop, Ames is a good fit.

  1. A high number of shops per resident
  2. 68% more shops than average
  3. 9% more shops than areas of a similar size

Health and Fitness

3/5 stars based on undefined reviews

We'd be gym buddies with Ames.

  1. Few gyms per resident
  2. 40% more gyms than average
  3. 13% fewer gyms than areas of a similar size

Pet Services

3/5 stars based on undefined reviews

It's pawsible that your pets will fall in love with Ames.

  1. A high number of pet facilities per resident
  2. 60% more pet facilities than average
  3. 71% more pet facilities than areas of a similar size

Gas Stations

3/5 stars based on undefined reviews

Bumper sticker city. This place is good for filling up.

  1. Few gas stations per resident
  2. An average number of gas stations
  3. 41% fewer gas stations than areas of a similar size

Grocery Stores

2.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

Not bad on the supermarket score. Ames gets an average rating.

  1. Few grocery stores per resident
  2. 6% more grocery stores than average
  3. 39% fewer grocery stores than areas of a similar size

Restaurants

2.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

An average foodie scene: not too cold and not too hot.

  1. A high number of restaurants per resident
  2. 31% more restaurants than average
  3. 13% more restaurants than areas of a similar size

Coffee

2.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

Not too cold, not too hot. An average town for coffee.

  1. A high number of coffee shops per resident
  2. 58% more coffee shops than average
  3. 50% more coffee shops than areas of a similar size

Nightlife

2.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

Nightlife is on the rocks in Ames.

  1. A high number of bars and clubs per resident
  2. Significantly more bars and clubs than average
  3. Significantly more bars and clubs than areas of a similar size

Parks

2/5 stars based on undefined reviews

Not too many park perks in Ames.

  1. Few parks per resident
  2. 62% fewer parks than average
  3. 64% fewer parks than areas of a similar size

Fine Arts

2/5 stars based on undefined reviews

You gotta Van Gogh somewhere else for art.

  1. A high number of fine art centers per resident
  2. 50% fewer fine art centers than average
  3. 23% fewer fine art centers than areas of a similar size

Medical Care

2/5 stars based on undefined reviews

We have a bone to pick with this Ames's access to medical care.

  1. Few medical facilities per resident
  2. 57% more medical facilities than average
  3. 14% more medical facilities than areas of a similar size

Area Features

Mostly Older Buildings

No

Say 7 of 7 renters

Near Grocery Stores

Yes

Say 7 of 7 renters

Pet Friendly

Yes

Say 7 of 7 renters

Good Place To Raise A Family

Yes

Say 7 of 7 renters

Busy Streets

No

Say 6 of 7 renters

Area Has Kids Play Outside

Yes

Say 6 of 7 renters

Area Has Litter

No

Say 6 of 7 renters

Near Schools

Yes

Say 6 of 7 renters

Area Has Potholes

No

Say 6 of 7 renters

Well Lit

Yes

Say 6 of 7 renters

Noise Late At Night

No

Say 5 of 7 renters

Nearby Parks

Yes

Say 5 of 7 renters

Quiet Area

Yes

Say 5 of 7 renters

Safe For Families

Yes

Say 5 of 7 renters

Maintained Yards

Yes

Say 5 of 7 renters

Mostly Newer Buildings

Yes

Say 4 of 7 renters

Near Highways

Yes

Say 4 of 7 renters

Tree Lined Streets

No

Say 4 of 7 renters

Near Downtown

No

Say 6 of 7 renters

Nice Views

No

Say 7 of 7 renters

Schools

Percentage: 5/55/5

School Score

How satisfied do renters feel with the schools in this area.

Top Schools in Ames

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About

Ames, IA

Overview of Ames

Ames is best known for being home to Iowa State University, but the city in central Iowa offers its residents a high quality of life with big-city amenities. The population of Ames is 58,965 according to the 2010 census, which includes students attending Iowa State University who live in Ames throughout the school year. When Ames was incorporated in 1870, it had only 844 inhabitants. The city quickly grew into a thriving metropolitan area within Boone County after Iowa Agricultural College and Model Farm was established as a Land-Grant College. Ames apartments for rent provide easy access to the Iowa State campus, and are also conveniently located near the historic downtown district.

Living in Ames, IA

The main street cultural district in downtown Ames is a popular location for students and families, and is easily accessible from Ames apartments throughout the city. The district hosts numerous arts and community festivals throughout the year such as Tune in to Main Street, ArtWalk, Fourth of July Parade and Festival, and MusicWalk. It also includes more than 50 locally owned boutique retail shops and restaurant.

City residents can stay active by enjoying more than 700 acres of parks maintained by Ames Parks and Recreation. The parks department also oversees the Furman Aquatic Center, Ada Hayden Heritage Park and Homewood Golf Course, all of which are easily accessible from Ames rentals. The Ames City Auditorium hosts performances by local and national acts, and is also available for rental by Ames residents. Ames is emerging as a bicycle-friendly city: There are currently 22 miles of bicycle trails in the city for residents to enjoy in the spring, summer and fall.

Ames Work and Study

Ames is home to a diverse mix of employers that enjoy its strong local economy and centralized location within Iowa. Ames offers appealing business advantages such as a low corporate income tax, no personal property tax and a skilled and productive workforce. The top industries in Ames are animal health, advanced manufacturing, and food processing. Ames' major employers include Iowa State University, Iowa Department of Transportation, Mary Greeley Medical Center, McFarland Clinic PC and Sauer-Danfoss.

The Ames Community School District serves students in grades K-12. The city is home to the Iowa State University of Science and Technology, which is a public land-grant and space-grant research university. It is known for producing a number of highly skilled professionals in the fields of science and aeronautics. The university is a member of the Big 12 Conference, and the Iowa State Cyclones athletics department features varsity teams in numerous popular sports.

Rentals in Ames, IA, and Cost of Living

Ames residents can take advantage of Smart Energy programs designed to support sustainable living and help lower costs of living associated with utility bills. Smart Energy programs offer rebates to residents who wish to make energy-efficient home improvements. The cost of living in Ames is lower than the national average, and rentals have remained an affordable choice even though they typically have low vacancy rates since University of Iowa students often look for off-campus housing within the city. According to city-data.com, the median gross rent in 2009 for Ames apartments was $727.

Ames Attractions and Special Events

Less than 25 miles away from Ames, the Iowa Arboretum, located in Madrid, Iowa, is situated on 378 scenic acres in the heart of Boone County. The arboretum includes 19 different collections of trees, shrubs and flowers, along with woodland trails alongside deep ravines and streams. The Iowa State University Museums are some of the most popular cultural attractions in Ames. In addition to the Brunnier Art Museum, Christian Petersen Art Museum and Farm House Museum, Iowa State operates the Art on Campus Program in addition to the Anderson Sculpture Garden as part of the campus collection of museums.

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