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    Ames, IA on yet another list...

    Didn't see this posted anywhere else, if it is, please merge. MSN article about 5 small towns with big growth...I really didn't know the metro area was that big. It's also funny to hear my family in Ames; all they talk about is how there is no growth in Ames and too many elderly people in town against it.

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    Re: Ames, IA on yet another list...

    That must include Nevada, Boone, and all the little towns around. I thought the population of Ames was closer to 50,000.


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    Re: Ames, IA on yet another list...

    Quote Originally Posted by chewbocka View Post
    That must include Nevada, Boone, and all the little towns around. I thought the population of Ames was closer to 50,000.
    Notice how it said (metropolitan area) next to it? Ames is closer to 60 but we'll find out in a couple months when the census figures come out.



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    Re: Ames, IA on yet another list...

    The MSA is a marketing designation and I believe in this case, includes all of Story County.



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    Re: Ames, IA on yet another list...

    Quote Originally Posted by Erik4Cy View Post
    Didn't see this posted anywhere else, if it is, please merge. MSN article about 5 small towns with big growth...I really didn't know the metro area was that big. It's also funny to hear my family in Ames; all they talk about is how there is no growth in Ames and too many elderly people in town against it.

    5 small towns with big growth - MSN Real Estate


    Must be related to the confirmed rumor about the new Buffalo Wild Wings.



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    Re: Ames, IA on yet another list...

    Adding people does not equal the type of growth Ames needs. Heck, they were probably mostly section 8 housing from Chicago types.

    When it comes to economic growth, real growth, Ames is held back by a certain sector of the population in town. The "smart" growthers are really no growthers.



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    Re: Ames, IA on yet another list...

    Quote Originally Posted by chewbocka View Post
    That must include Nevada, Boone, and all the little towns around. I thought the population of Ames was closer to 50,000.
    I think it's 50-60 with students, and closer to 25-30 without.



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    Re: Ames, IA on yet another list...

    I would think a lot of that growth was related to the student population inceasing. Didn't ISU have record enrollments the last few years?



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    Re: Ames, IA on yet another list...

    Quote Originally Posted by Cycsk View Post
    Must be related to the confirmed rumor about the new Buffalo Wild Wings.
    Not a rumor. Opening in March. Sign is up.

    Quote Originally Posted by cyeah View Post
    Adding people does not equal the type of growth Ames needs. Heck, they were probably mostly section 8 housing from Chicago types.

    When it comes to economic growth, real growth, Ames is held back by a certain sector of the population in town. The "smart" growthers are really no growthers.
    Ignorance is bliss.

    In a time where most places in the US are experiencing negative growth in population and economics, Ames is bucking the trend. Yes there is a vocal minority that appear to be against any kind of change, but that is it. Ames is growing despite them. Just because North Grand Mall is half empty doesn't mean there is no economic growth. And retail isn't the only sector that you measure economic growth by. Lots of companies in this town are growing and there is a lot more to come.

    The metro population of Ames includes Story and Boone counties. North Ames has grown immensely in the last decade and it isn't just people moving from different parts of the city.



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    Re: Ames, IA on yet another list...

    BTW, all college towns include students in their census.

    Well, Ames, Iowa City, and Cedar Falls all do.


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    Re: Ames, IA on yet another list...

    Quote Originally Posted by cyeah View Post
    Adding people does not equal the type of growth Ames needs. Heck, they were probably mostly section 8 housing from Chicago types.

    When it comes to economic growth, real growth, Ames is held back by a certain sector of the population in town. The "smart" growthers are really no growthers.
    Sad but true. Ames has stagnated in the last 10years. No new business, no new shopping, very little restaurants and with the flooding it has some very dumpy looking areas. The housing market is strong, bolstered by the University that supports a wage scale above what the private sector can support which also results in housing prices being higher than what Ames should command for prices Vs. what Ames offers.

    The social elite no growthers have really did Ames a great dis service and it is starting to show some impact towards families wanting (not wanting) to move to Ames. Outside of University employees I don't think alot of peeps are clamering to relocate to Ames.


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    Re: Ames, IA on yet another list...

    Quote Originally Posted by Al_4_State View Post
    BTW, all college towns include students in their census.

    Well, Ames, Iowa City, and Cedar Falls all do.
    Not exactly. All college town encourage students to fill out their census forms and indicate the college town as their place of residence (as opposed to their hometowns).

    Cities don't create their population totals. They are based on completed census forms by "residents".


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    Re: Ames, IA on yet another list...

    Quote Originally Posted by ribsnwhiskey View Post
    most places in the US are experiencing negative growth in population
    The country grew about 10% since 2000 according to census data.



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    Re: Ames, IA on yet another list...

    Quote Originally Posted by capitalcityguy View Post
    Not exactly. All college town encourage students to fill out their census forms and indicate the college town as their place of residence (as opposed to their hometowns).

    Cities don't create their population totals. They are based on completed census forms by "residents".
    True. I've always noticed on that board that people have this idea that Ames somehow sneakily includes college students in it's population, but other towns don't, and that's a ridiculous assertion.

    It's funny. For a college town of 50,000, Ames is really doing pretty well. It's always on lists for being a great small city. Sure it has it's problems (the anti growth idiots that block a lot of things) but it's really a pretty nice place, and slowly but surely improving.

    In true CF fashion, about half of this board will just ***** endlessly about it though. Call it dump. Say everything's going to hell, etc. I guess people just want to whine.


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    Re: Ames, IA on yet another list...

    Quote Originally Posted by alarson View Post
    The country grew about 10% since 2000 according to census data.
    That's probably the debt that grew when Bush was president!



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