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.

AWARDS

• Ames named "Technology Community of the Year" (Technology Association of Iowa, 2017)

• Top 5 Small Metro Areas for Successful Aging (NCOA, 2017)

• "Top 3 Cities Where Job Growth is Happening" (NationalSwell, 2017)

• Home of the "Best School District in Iowa" (Business Insider, 2017)

• "Best School District in the State" (Niche, 2017)

• "The 25 Best Cities for Entrepreneurs" #8 (Entrepreneur Magazine, 2017)

• "Best Places to Live 2016" (Money, 2016)

• "Best Small Cities for New Grads" (Online Degrees, 2016)

• "Most Charitable Cities" (The Beacon, 2016)

• #9 "Top 10 College Towns to Live In" (SmartAsset, 2016)

•  "The Top 10 Cities for Career Opportunities in 2016" (SmartAsset, 2016)

• #3 "The Healthiest Cities in America" (24/7 Wall St., 2016)

• Iowa State University named "Best College in Iowa" (Money, 2016)

• #3 "Best College Towns in America" (Business Insider, 2016)

• #5 Medium Cities in "Top U.S. Cities for Public Transportation" (Save on Energy, 2016)

• 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 (Livability.com)

• 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 (Livability.com)

• 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)