Awards, Accolades, Achievements

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The City of Ames has won numerous awards for being a progressive, innovative, and exciting community.

We have been recognized locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally for our schools, creativity, amenities, commitment to the environment, and quality of life.


• U.S. City with the Lowest Unemployment Rate (Forbes, 2016)

• Named the third Healthiest City in the United States (24/7 Wall St., 2016)

• Ranked No. 4 Best Small City to Make a Living (MoneyGeek, 2016)

• Ranked No. 35 in Top 100 Best Places to Live in 2016 (

• Ranked No. 3 on 2015 Best-Performing Small Cities: Where America's Jobs are Created and Sustained list (Milken Institute, 2015)

• Ranked No. 8 in Best  Cities in America to Get a Job in 2015 (Business Insider)

• Named one of the 15 Cities That Have Done the Best Since the Recession (Bloomberg, 2015)

• Ranked in the top 25 nationally for Best Places for STEM Grads (Nerdwallet, 2015)

• Ranked No. 8 in Best Towns for Millennials in America (Niche Rankings, 2015)

• Ranked No. 10 among small cities overall out of 421 MSAs for Best Cities for Job Growth (NewGeography, 2015)

• Ranked No. 1 of the 10 Best College Towns in 2014 (

• Ranked 33rd among 379 MSAs for Economic and Job Growth in 2014 (Area Development)

• Named one of The 7 Top Tech Hubs Among America’s Small College Towns (The SpareFoot Blog)

• Ranked No. 8 Best Places to Live in America (Money Magazine, 2014)

• Ranked No. 7 on the list of The Happiest Small Places in America (Movoto, 2014)