A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
    A
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    B-
  7. Jobs
    A
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B
  12. Commute
    A-

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$186,200
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$906
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    27%
  • Own
    73%

Ankeny Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    169
    283
  • Murder
    3
    6
  • Rape
    30
    41
  • Robbery
    14
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    402
    500
  • Theft
    790
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    84
    284

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$76,760
National
$55,322
Children
24%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    13%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    33%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    33%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    18%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    3%
    13%
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Ankeny Reviews

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It’s a safe city. You won’t have to worry about much.
People are extremely reserved and proper here.
Expect to keep your outside house looking perfect.
People have what’s called Midwest nice. Google it.
Only 3 pets per household and you have to register your pets otherwise you could be fined.
Keep your cats indoors at all times, roaming animals is frowned upon.
Keep dog poop bags on you at all times, they take animal clean up seriously.
Buying a house is not enough. Once spring hits neighbors are lining up the best home improvement workers and it’s a contest to see who gets the most repairs in. Get to know your neighbors so you have a list of such repair men in demand.
Grow a backyard garden and share with your neighbors, this will gain friends quickly.
Schools are great and overachieving. Very involved with kids and parents!
There’s no animal control so no pound and police pick up strays.
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I was born and raised in Ankeny. Not only did I enjoy all of my teachers throughout school, I enjoyed the amount of college credit I could receive while still in high school. Students are given plenty of opportunities to take take college level courses, for free, while still in high school. Over the years, I have been able to watch Ankeny grow. New stores, housing developments, and nightlife places are popping up all around!
Ankeny is a growing city - everything new and updated in most of the town. It is a fun place to live with shopping, great housing options for all income types, and great dining. There are many job opportunities and ways to better yourself through city educational programs, emphasis on physical wellness, and great people!