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  • "Best Places to Live 2016" (MONEY, 2016)
  • #9 "Top 10 College Towns to Live In" (SmartAsset, 2016)
  • #8 "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)
  • #3 "Best Farmers' Markets in Iowa" (Around Iowa, 2016)
  • #4 "Best Small Cities for Making a Living" (MoneyGreek, 2016)
  • U.S. City with the Lowest Unemployment Rate (Forbes, 2016)
  • #3 on "2015 Best-Performing Small Cities: Where America's Jobs Are Created and Sustained" list (Milken Institute, 2015)
  • #1 "College Cities and Towns in America" (American Institute for Economic Research, 2015)
  • ISU ranked 5th "Most Beautiful College Campus in the World" (Buzzfeed, 2015)
  • #7 "Top 10 Best City for Singles, 2015" (Livability.com, 2015)
  • #35  in “Top 100 Most Livable Cities in America” for 2016 (Livability, 2015)
  • #1 Healthiest City in the Country (24/7 Wall St., 2015)
  • #8, "Best Cities in America to Get a Job"  (Business Insider, 2015)
  • #1 "The Top 10 Places for EMTs and Paramedics," (Good Call, 2015)
  • 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" (#23, Nerdwallet, 2015)
  • #8 "Best Towns for Millennials in America" (Niche Rankings, 2015)
  • #30 "Best Towns in America" (Niche Rankings, 2015)
  • #1 "Best Towns in Iowa" (Niche Rankings, 2015)
  • #1 "Towns with the Best Community in Iowa" (Niche Rankings, 2015)
  • #21  "Towns with the Best Community in America" (Niche Rankings, 2015)
  • Ames ranked 2nd on the list of "The Top 10 College Towns" (The Fiscal Times, 2015)
  • #5 on the "50 Best College Towns to Live in Forever" List (College Ranker, 2015)
  • #2 "Top U.S. Cities for Hipsters" (FindtheHome, 2015)
  • Ames ranked #2  "The 20 Best College Towns In America" (American Institute for Economic Research, 2014-2015)
  • #8 "Best Places to Live in America" (Money Magazine, 2014)
  • #30  in “Top 100 Most Livable Cities in America” for 2015 (Livability, 2014)
  • #7 on the list of  "The 10 Happiest Small Places In America" (Movoto, 2014)
  • #1 of the 10 Best College Towns 2014 (Livability, 2014)
  • #5 on the list of "The 50 Best College Towns in America" (Best College Reviews, 2014)
  • #14 "Best Small Places for Business and Careers" (Forbes, 2014)
  • Top 10 Safest Cities in Iowa (Movoto, 2014)
  • Top 10 Best College Towns To Live In (SmartAsset, 2014)
  • Ranked 51 out of 398 metro areas for "2014 Best Cities for Job Growth" (NewGeography, 2014)
  • 33rd  among 379  MSAs for Economic & Job  Growth in 2014 (Area Development, 2014) 
  • One of "The 7 Top Tech Hubs Among America’s Small College Towns" (The SpareFoot Blog)
  • U.S. City with the 3rd lowest unemployment rate (Forbes, 2014) 
  • Ames ranked #2 in "The 20 Best College Towns In America" (American Institute for Economic Research, 2013-2014)
  • #31 "Top 100 Most Livable Cities in America" (Livability.com, 2013)
  • #10 "10 Cities Where You Want to Walk to Work" (MSN Real Estate, 2013)
  • #15 "Best Small Places for Business and Careers" (Forbes, 2013)
  • No. 25 in metro areas with the highest ratio of tech start-ups compared to the national average (Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, 2013)
  • #2 city for work-life balance in the United States (NerdWallet, 2013)
  • 5th Smartest City in America (Luminosity, 2013)
  • 38th  among 380 MSAs for Economic & Job  Growth in 2013 (Area Development, 2013) 
  • One of the top 25 Best Places to Retire in 2013 (Forbes.com, 2013)
  • 2nd on American Institute for Economic Research’s Top 10 College Destinations List (AIER, October 2012)
  • 2012 Healthy Iowa Community Award (Wellness Council of Iowa)
  • Iowa State University ranked as one of the Best Colleges 2013 (U.S. News)
  • Ames-based Renewable Energy Group makes Inc. Magazine's list of 500 fastest growing companies in U.S. (Inc. Magazine, 2012)
  • 90th of 100 Best Places to Live (CNN Money Magazine, 2012)
  • Most Favorable City in Iowa (Public Policy Polling, July 2012)
  • 11th Best City for Aging (Milken Institute, July 2012)
  • Ranked 6th among Area Development's Top 20 Midwest Cities (Area Development, 2012)
  • 30th among the Top 100 Leading Locations for 2012 (Area Development, 2012)
  • 15th 'Prime Workforce Growth' among Top 25 Small Cities (Area Development, 2012)
  • 25th Best Place for New College Grads, 2012 (TheAtlanticCities.com, 2012)
  • 56th Best Small City for Job Growth (out of 243 U.S. cities) (NewGeography.com, 2012)
  • Top 8 Places to Retire in the Midwest (Where to Retire, 2012)
  • 13th Geekiest City in the U.S. (Forbes.com, 2011)
  • Fifth Fastest Growing Small City in the U.S. (Forbes.com, 2010)
  • Seventeenth Best Small Place for Business & Careers (Forbes.com, 2010)
  • Ninth Best Place to Live in the United States (CNNMoney.com, 2010)
  • Named 100 Best Communities (America's Promise Alliance, 2010)
  • Fourth Best College Town Under 250,000 Residents (American Institute for Economic Research, 2010)
  • Ranked 15th Brainiest Metro (American Social & Economic Theorist Richard Florida, 2010)
  • Most Affordable Cities for Data Security for Banks (The Boyd Co., 2010)
  • Best Places to Launch a Business (CNNMoney.com, 2009)
  • Best Places to Raise Your Kids (Business Week, 2009)
  • Top 15 Cities for Commuters (US News, 2009)
  • Top 5 Places to Live a Stress-Free and Simpler Life (AARP, 2009)


Iowa Ranks

  • #14 "Best States for Business" (Forbes, 2015)
  • #12 among all states for Business and Careers. (Forbes, 2014)
  • 9th Healthiest State in the Nation (Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index  via Business Record)
  • 3rd Best State to Be Young in America (Business Insider, 2012)
  • Iowa ranks 9th for Best State for Business (CNBC, 2011)
  • Story County is number four on America's Best Affordable Places list (Business Week, 2011)
  • Story County ranked the third in the state of Iowa for overall health (University of Madison Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2011)
  • Ranked the nation's second most livable state based on 43 factors ranging from median household income to crime rate and from sunny days to infant mortality rate (CQ Press, 2010)
  • Named the sixth best state to raise a child (Annie E. Casey Foundation, 2010)
  • Ninth in the nation for number of state parks, recreational areas and natural areas (CQ Press, 2010) 
  • Ranks in safest neighborhoods in the U.S (CQ Press, 2010)
  • Has the third highest public high school graduation rate in the U.S. (CQ Press, 2010)
  • First in corn production and first in soybean production, respectively (U.S. Department of Agriculture, 2009)
  • First in soybean and feed grain exports (U.S. Department of Agriculture, 2009)
  • First in hog production (U.S. Department of Agriculture) 
  • Nine metros in Iowa are ranked among the best places in America to start a business or career (Forbes, 2009)
  • Iowans enjoy the eighth lowest housing costs (U.S. Census Bureau, 2009)
  • Iowans enjoy the seventh shortest average commute time (18.5 minutes) among the 50 states (U.S. Census Bureau, 2009)
  • Iowa's capital city, Des Moines, was listed as one of the best cities to live, work, and play (Kiplinger, 2008) 
  • Listed as the seventh best state for lawsuit climate (Institute for Legal Reform, 2008)
  • Ranks as the 14th best state to find a job (CareerBuilder.com, 2008)
  • Second most favorable state for the cost of doing business (Milken Institute, 2007) 
  • Eighth in safest neighborhoods in the U.S. (Morgan Quinto, 2007)
  • Has the third highest graduation rate in the U.S. (Morgan Quinto, 2007)

 

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