Ankeny Community Guide
Ankeny was named the 4th fastest growing city in the United States in 2017. This was the third year in a row that Ankeny was listed among the fastest growing cities with a population of 50,000 or more residents.
Located just north of Des Moines, Iowa’s capital city, Ankeny provides a wide variety of entertainment and recreational opportunities throughout the year. With rapid growth and continual development, it is an ideal location to lay down roots and grow a family.
Who Lives in Ankeny
Ankeny is the success it is today because of the 62,416 community-minded citizens who call this city home. The population of Ankeny is relatively young with nearly 30% of the demographic between the ages of 35-54 and almost half of the population under the age of 34.
Ankeny’s residents maintain a variety of occupations, both white-collar and blue-collar. Many of the residents hold positions within office and administrative support (14.13%), sales jobs (11.81%), and management occupations (9.54%). Ankeny has more residents working in computers and math than 95% of the U.S. The median household income is $76,760.00.
The people who call Ankeny home come from a variety of racial and ethnic backgrounds. The greatest number of Ankeny residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Ankeny include Irish, English, Norwegian, and Italian.
Real Estate in Ankeny
More than 45% of the homes in Ankeny were built after 2000. This is an accurate indication of Ankeny’s rapidly growing local economy. The median cost of a home in Ankeny is $239,401. Appreciation rates for homes in Ankeny have been tracking above average for the last ten years, according to NeighborhoodScout data. The cumulative appreciation rate over the ten years has been 13.10%, which ranks in the top 30% nationwide. This equates to an annual average Ankeny house appreciation rate of 1.24%.
Education is a top priority for the city of Ankeny with schools consistently ranking in the top 20 schools in the state with a 97% graduation rate. The Ankeny Community School District consists of ten elementary schools, four middle schools, and two high schools as well as Ankeny Christian Academy, a private Preschool-12th grade school. The post-secondary institutions are Des Moines Area Community College(DMACC), Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary, and Simpson College and Upper Iowa University extension facilities.
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Recreation in Ankeny
Nestled in the heart of Polk County’s rich landscape, Ankeny offers experiences for the whole family from the summer festival to the farmers market and miles of trails, shopping, and the state’s premier sports complex.
Trails: site for all trails in area
Ledges State Park (about 40 minutes or 39 miles away)
City Parks: parks and rec website
With plenty of shopping, events throughout the year, and the soon-to-be-constructed Prairie Trail Entertainment Center, Ankeny has plenty of entertainment for every age and preference.
Annual events: Ankeny’s special events page
Need a spot to grab lunch with a friend? Or maybe a nice restaurant for a night out on the town? What about a dessert to satisfy your sweet tooth? From Saturday morning breakfast to after work drinks, and everything in between, Ankeny has the perfect restaurant to suit the occasion.
A couple of our favorite dinner spots are The Fletcher and District 36. You can often find at least a couple of our employees enjoying lunch (or breakfast or dinner) at Main Street Cafe. But our favorite dessert comes from Sweet Swirls Rolled Ice Cream. [see the links below]