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  1. Public Schools
    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    A-
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  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
    B+
Ankeny is a suburb of Des Moines with a population of 59,152. Ankeny is in Polk County and is one of the best places to live in Iowa. Living in Ankeny offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Ankeny there are a lot of parks. Many families and young professionals live in Ankeny and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Ankeny are highly rated.
About Ankeny...
Population
59,152

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$210,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,021
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    25%
  • Own
    75%
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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
    158.8
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    37.6
    40.7
  • Robbery
    16.4
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    234.1
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,064
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    62.2
    284

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    14%
  • 10-17 years
    13%
  • 18-24 years
    10%
  • 25-34 years
    17%
  • 35-44 years
    15%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    8%
  • 65+ years
    10%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    14%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    34%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    32%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    18%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    2%
    13%

Working in Ankeny

Jobs
A
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$81,627
National
$55,322

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My family just moved here a couple of months ago from another state and so far we are very pleased with what we have experienced here. There are a lot of similarities between where we used to live and Ankeny and that has helped make the transition to living here so much easier. We love all the local restaurants and businesses, we've asked our neighbors and friends where they love to eat and shop and we've found some really cool spots! So far I have loved living here and am looking forward to what the future brings here in Ankeny.
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Ankeny is one of those towns that you will run into someone you know when you're out and about, but you will also meet new people every day. From living in Ankeny, I have met some of the nicest people and have had the greatest opportunities. The schools are great, the people are lovely, and you can find endless ways to get involved in sports, music, and events. I highly recommend!
People here aren't nice and extremely conservative. As a woman of color living in a suburb, the racism and entitlement of white residents is still strong in this neighborhood. I understand being proud of what you have worked hard on and being able to have something to show for it but some neighbors are just plain vindictive. It's difficult to find diverse food choices and neighbors to befriend here. I would recommend this place to my fellow white friends but there are better neighborhoods with more culture, life, and kindness in the greater Des Moines area.