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    Ames Population

    2010 census lists Ames "metro" population at ~59K. Does this include ISU students?



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    Re: Ames Population

    Yes, it includes the students.


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    Re: Ames Population

    29,000+ Students. Ames has grown almost 9,000 since the 2000 census. University probably grown 3-5K although I don't know for sure on that.


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    Re: Ames Population

    Yeah, there was a big thing at the time to get students to list Ames as their residence to make sure that the population was over 50k so that Ames could qualify for a different level of grants or something like that.

    Ames loves the money the students bring in, but hates that they have the audacity to actually live there (unless they can benefit as in a case like this).



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    Re: Ames Population

    Quote Originally Posted by Judoka View Post
    Yeah, there was a big thing at the time to get students to list Ames as their residence to make sure that the population was over 50k so that Ames could qualify for a different level of grants or something like that.

    Ames loves the money the students bring in, but hates that they have the audacity to actually live there (unless they can benefit as in a case like this).
    That is exactly why I never listed Ames as my residency as a student.




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    Re: Ames Population

    Quote Originally Posted by Judoka View Post
    Yeah, there was a big thing at the time to get students to list Ames as their residence to make sure that the population was over 50k so that Ames could qualify for a different level of grants or something like that.

    Ames loves the money the students bring in, but hates that they have the audacity to actually live there (unless they can benefit as in a case like this).
    Ames becomes an "entitlement" community once they pass 50K, which lines them up for federal grants on anything from housing to community development projects.

    The Ames metro area includes all of Story County as well.



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    Re: Ames Population

    Quote Originally Posted by Judoka View Post
    Yeah, there was a big thing at the time to get students to list Ames as their residence to make sure that the population was over 50k so that Ames could qualify for a different level of grants or something like that.

    Ames loves the money the students bring in, but hates that they have the audacity to actually live there (unless they can benefit as in a case like this).


    We love the highly paid professionals of the university and tolerate the undergraduate students (particularly those who care more about drinking than classes).



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    Re: Ames Population

    Quote Originally Posted by Cycsk View Post
    We love the highly paid professionals of the university and tolerate the undergraduate students (particularly those who care more about drinking than classes).
    you don't have any of it without the students, ames should be a bit more student friendly than it is


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    Quote Originally Posted by BigM View Post
    you don't have any of it without the students, ames should be a bit more student friendly than it is
    Absolutely. Ames wouldn't exist without the university.


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    Re: Ames Population

    Quote Originally Posted by Al_4_State View Post
    Absolutely. Ames wouldn't exist without the university.

    For those who have not lived here both as a student and an older adult over 30, you really are only getting the perspective of just a student.

    I felt the same way when I was a student here but as an older adult living in Ames, I do not get the feeling Ames residents despise the students. As I look back at my college years, the times I felt the Ames residence were ******** was when I or the group I was with were doing something stupid we should not have been doing.


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    Re: Ames Population

    Quote Originally Posted by ISU4ME View Post
    For those who have not lived here both as a student and an older adult over 30, you really are only getting the perspective of just a student.

    I felt the same way when I was a student here but as an older adult living in Ames, I do not get the feeling Ames residents despise the students. As I look back at my college years, the times I felt the Ames residence were ******** was when I or the group I was with were doing something stupid we should not have been doing.
    Exactly. Ames only hates the students when they are acting entitled, destructive, or disrespectful to others. They hate the same thing in other adults, as well.


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    Re: Ames Population

    I only have a middle of the road opinion, having lived there for two years as a mid twenties grad student. I think there is a balance. The City and its residents know what ISU means to them but that doesnt mean they want to tolerate nonsense. I "Claim(ed) Ames" in the 2000 census.


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    I hate the long waits and increased traffic that students bring. As well as the increased number of people who don't know how to drive. Thats the only part about the students that I don't like.



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    Re: Ames Population

    Some of you are pretty ignorant. Every college town in America includes students as part of its' population. And just about every college town that isn't already a major metropolitan area wouldn't exist without its' college, or be as big (wow, that's a huge revelation). I'd estimate that about half of total students actually live in Ames year round.

    And it's also a load of crap about the city not liking students. Do you think that because they don't appreciate riots, or having 10 people live in a house built for 4? Brilliant.



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    Re: Ames Population

    Quote Originally Posted by getcloned View Post
    2010 census lists Ames "metro" population at ~59K. Does this include ISU students?
    I don't know what char you are looking at, that may be the city without the metro, but the metro is around 80,000 or so.



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