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Post Date:08/04/2016 3:06 PM

ANKENY, Iowa (Aug. 4, 2016) – Ankeny is ranked the third Best Small City for Families in the Midwest and 11th nationwide according to a report released on Monday from the personal finance company Nerdwallet.  

NerdWallet examined the most recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau, GreatSchools and NeighborhoodScout for 245 places in the U.S. with populations from 25,000 to 100,000 to determine the best small cities for families. The analysis considered data on affordability, family-friendliness, growth and prosperity, and factors that families consider including school quality and crime. The full report can be found here

“Ankeny has a small town feel with the benefits of a big city being part of the Greater Des Moines region,” said Ankeny Mayor Gary Lorenz. “Ankeny checks the boxes that many people consider when choosing a place to live. We are a safe community with high quality schools, 41 parks and playgrounds, 70 miles of trails, state-of-the-art sports facilities, two aquatic centers, all-inclusive Miracle Park, open green spaces and activities for all ages.” 

Ankeny was also recently listed as the third fastest-growing city in the nation with a population of 50,000 or more in America by the U.S. Census Bureau. 

For more information, contact Amy Baker at (515) 965-6414 or


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