The City of Ankeny has conducted The National Community Survey™ (The NCS™) for its Citizen Survey since 2003. Using scientific survey methods, the survey is designed to provide information about how the city government is serving residents, to gauge perceptions of the City, and to make comparisons with peer cities. The survey centers on community livability and includes questions about the quality of life in the community, local policies, demographics, rating of local government services, and resident use of services. The City conducts the survey about every two to three years in order to track trends, gauge citizen perceptions, and solicit feedback.
Survey results measure public perceptions and areas of interest for residents. City Council and staff utilize the results of the survey to help with future visioning and goal setting.