Ankeny. Bringing it all together.
There’s a lot involved in creating and nurturing a community that people are proud to call home. It doesn’t happen overnight. But through careful planning, it has happened in Ankeny, Iowa — and progress toward an even better community is ongoing. The city offers numerous opportunities to achieve a fulfilling lifestyle in Central Iowa. Residential areas, both new and well established, are clean, safe and family-friendly. Top-rated schools and secondary educational institutions are educating the workforce of tomorrow. Active civic leaders and city government officials are accessible and responsive to the needs of residents. And, in-turn, engaged residents work with civic leaders to preserve what they value most about the community. Quite simply, Ankeny offers more than 44,000 Iowans the opportunity to have the life they want.
Attractive new residential developments are underway, including Prairie Trail, Iowa’s largest “New Urbanist”, or master-planned, community. Seamlessly integrated within this pedestrian-friendly development will be residential areas, green space and a town center fit for large or small gatherings.
Ankeny schools are consistently ranked among the best in Iowa. The city has recently renewed its commitment to support and ensure that future needs are met with the necessary funding and facilities. Currently, Ankeny has eight neighborhood elementary schools and two middle schools, with plans underway for a new elementary school and second high school facility. Ankeny is home to Des Moines Area Community College, Iowa’s largest community college. Simpson and Upper Iowa University also have a presence in Ankeny.
Numerous recreational and cultural amenities help create an enviable quality of life in Ankeny. The annual Ankeny Summerfest draws crowds from all over Central Iowa. Water sports at Saylorville Lake and hiking and biking trails are just minutes away from anywhere in the community. As part of a growing and dynamic metro area, the city is also only a short drive from Des Moines-area destinations such as Blank Park Zoo, the Science Center of Iowa, and downtown events such as the nationally renowned Des Moines Arts Festival and farmers market. For sports enthusiasts, Ankeny offers easy access to Iowa Cubs baseball and Iowa Energy basketball.
Ankeny is committed not only to providing a vibrant community, but also to attracting great jobs. A number of leading technology companies are establishing operations in the city, taking advantage of the community’s highly-skilled and educated labor pool and its close proximity to nearby colleges and universities for research support. A brand-new, state-of-the-art Crosswinds Business Park will utilize the green, sustainable practices sought by companies today, while affording a distinct setting for corporate office, flex space, office/warehouse and owner-occupied businesses.
With the support of our residents and community leaders, Ankeny has a Smart development plan in-place to ensure our exciting growth leads to career possibilities and improves upon the many unique characteristics of our city.
We invite you to explore this website to learn more about Ankeny and the countless exciting ways the city is transforming itself today while maintaining the genuine, family-friendly community its citizens cherish. The more you learn, the more you’ll agree that Ankeny is bringing it all together.