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Facts about Ames, IA
Ames is a city in central Iowa approximately 30 miles (48 km) north of Des Moines. It is best known as the home of Iowa State University (ISU), with leading Agriculture, Design, Engineering, and Veterinary Medicine colleges. A United States Department of Energy national laboratory, Ames Laboratory, is located on the ISU campus.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 24.27 square miles (62.86 km²), of which 24.21 square miles (62.70 km²) is land and 0.06 square miles (0.16 km²) is water.