Ames has a small town feel with big town amenities. Ames is consistently ranked with some of the best K-12 schools in Iowa and is home to Iowa State University, which has a beautiful campus and provides plenty of opportunity for residents. Scattered around Ames there are over 100 acres of parks, with copious amounts of running and biking trails. With a vibrant and quaint downtown and the university nearby, there is no shortage of artistic and cultural events going on. Ames is a great place for anyone, from a college student to a big family.
Iowa State University
Ada Hayden Heritage Park (or one of the other 35 parks in Ames!)
Main Street (lots of unique, locally-owned businesses)
Farmers Market (North Grand & Main Street)
North Grand Mall
Welch Avenue (college bars)
Olde Main Brewing Co.
Brunnier Art Museum
& a plethora of local restaurants!
Nevada, Iowa was ranked the 26th best small town in the nation. With an even more intimate, small-town vibe than Ames, you still get great school districts and several locally-owned businesses. As it's only 15 minutes away from Ames and 45 minutes away from Des Moines, you still have all of the big city amenities right at your fingertips while residing in a tight-knit community!