Ames EDC

Workforce By The Numbers

Ames, Story County, and Boone have a large collective workforce. With recent growth in population and new construction, there is ample opportunity for investment in these areas. Close proximity to Iowa State University, a research university known for its programs in agriculture and technology, as well as DMACC, a community college with a wealth of trade programs, provides a unique opportunity to capture fresh graduates who are seeking employment with their new degrees. Below are a series of statistics showing the current workforce, and the rapidly expanding future workforce, with several students who will soon be prepared to enter the workforce.

Population (as of 2020)                                     Current Unemployment Rates

Story County: 98,537                                                               Ames Unemployment: 3.0%

Ames: 66,427                                                                            Boone Unemployment: 2.9%

Nevada: 6,677

Huxley: 4,244

Story City: 3,254

Boone: 12,242

Future Workforce Statistics

 Local School District

 Graduation Rate

 Proficiency ('18-'19)

 ACT Score ('20)

 Ames CSD

93.2%

75.6%

25.2

 Nevada CSD

99.0%

69.9%

25.0

 Ballard CSD

97.7%

85.5%

25.0

 Roland Story CSD

98.6%

85.3%

25.0

 Boone CSD

96.3%

54.25%

24.0

 

 State of Iowa 

 State Average

 Graduation Rate

91.8%

 Proficiency

69.5%

 ACT Score

21.6 State Average, 20.8 National Average

 

 Iowa State University

 ISU Average ('20)

 Graduation Rate

74.7%

 Enrollment

31,825

 GPA

3.71

 

Sources: Iowa Department of Education, ACT Inc., Iowa State University, U.S. Census Bureau, Niche

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