Ames has the 447th largest population in the United States. The population grew by 5.6% from 2010 to 2015, which was faster than the national average. Unemployment in the Ames area is 2%, which is lower than the national average, and is getting better. Ames has the 322nd largest local economy in the US, and a low cost of living. The average pay for jobs in Ames is below average at $46,220, and the median cost of a home in Ames is $155,500, which is below the national average. 30% of workers in Ames hold a bachelors degree or higher (above average), and 93% of workers have a high school degree (above average). Driving to work is especially common in Ames. 72% of Ames workers drive to work alone, 5% take public transit, 8% carpool, and 13% walk. People in Ames spend an average of 18 minutes commuting to work, which is shorter than the national average of 26 minutes.