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Special Census Results Show Ankeny Is Iowa’s Fastest Growing Community

Post Date:07/23/2015 9:30 AM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Tina Potthoff, Communications Manager
City of Ankeny
515-965-6414
tpotthoff@ankenyiowa.gov

ANKENY, Iowa (July 23, 2015) – The numbers are in, and Ankeny is Iowa's fastest growing community by population count. This week, the U.S. Census Bureau released Ankeny's Special Census figures. Ankeny's new population total officially stands at 54,598 – which is nearly a 20% increase in population growth in less than five years.

Since 2010, Ankeny's population has grown by 9,016 residents. When averaged, that figure is equal to Ankeny growing by five people every day for the past five years. Over the last 15 years, the city's population has doubled, growing from 27,117 to 54,598.

The chart below shows how Ankeny's population has grown over the past 25 years:

Year Population Housing Units
1990 18,482 6,983
1994 21,485 8,223
2000 27,117 10,882
2005 36,161 15,016
2010 45,582 18,339
2014 54,598 21,918

With the latest population figure verified by the U.S. Census Bureau, Ankeny is on track to become the 10th largest city in Iowa.

"We believe people are attracted to Ankeny because we have a growing and vibrant economy that offers something for everyone," said David Jones, Ankeny's City Manager. "We're known as a family friendly community because of our recreational amenities and award-winning educational system; however, we're also known as a great place to do business because we offer excellent transportation access, quality land, a well-educated workforce and a business environment that supports success across all sectors."

The demographic information provided by Ankeny's residents will now be used by the City of Ankeny to plan for and seek state and federal funding for roads, transportation projects, City programs and other essential services. For example, with the latest population count, Ankeny anticipates receiving approximately $900,000 in additional funds annually for its road use tax fund. Ankeny's growing population also has the potential to attract interest from additional site selectors, developers and businesses seeking to invest in communities with populations greater than 50,000.

Ankeny's Special Census officially began in December 2014 and concluded in March 2015.

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