Incorporated in 1903, Ankeny is located just north of Des Moines, Iowa’s capital city. Ankeny was recently
ranked one of the Top 100 Places to Live by Money magazine, Bloomberg Businessweek’s Best Places to
Raise Kids, Family Circle magazine’s Top 10 Best Towns for Families and designated a Playful City USA community by KaBOOM! for 9 consecutive years. Ankeny offers an enviable quality of life with pedestrian friendly neighborhoods, numerous recreational and cultural amenities, access to higher learning and a thriving business community. The leaders of this vibrant community are active and engaged.
Ankeny 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 58,000 Iowans the opportunity to have the life they want.
According to the most recent data available by the U.S. Census Bureau, Ankeny has added more residents every year since 2011 than any other Iowa community. Ankeny’s population has approximately doubled in 16 years. In 2000, Ankeny’s population was 27,117. In 2015, a special census set Ankeny’s population at 54,598. In 2016, Ankeny’s population has reached an estimated 58,000. On average, approximately five new residents are moving to Ankeny every day. The City of Ankeny’s Planning & Building Department has reported a record number of building permits for the third year in a row. A strong economy and the confidence in Ankeny from developers and residents are contributing factors in the steady growth.
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 Ankeny Community School District enjoys a reputation as one of the premier school districts in Iowa and the Midwest, with students, staff and parents unified in their efforts to excel in academics, athletics, the arts and activities. The Ankeny Community School District is the seventh largest school district in Iowa with a graduation rate of 94.26 percent. Currently, Ankeny has ten neighborhood elementary schools, four middle schools and two high schools. Ankeny is also home to Des Moines Area Community College, Iowa's largest community college. Simpson College 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.
Ankeny. Bringing it all together.
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.