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
$175,700
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$837
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    27%
  • Own
    73%

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    188
    273
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    30
    41
  • Robbery
    4
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    361
    525
  • Theft
    752
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    77
    263

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$75,465
National
$53,889
Children
24%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    12%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    33%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    34%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    18%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    3%
    13%
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools
  • Colleges

Ankeny Reviews

94 reviews
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Ankeny overall is a great town! I moved to Ankeny, IA from Berwyn, IL which is a town about fifteen minutes from Chicago. Berwyn is not the best town, it's home for a lot of ethnic and racial minorities and the education system was decent. The elementary school were proficient and had good success with student learning however going into the middle school and high school level, it started to decline. The high school there had been suffering with overall student achievement for a while.I have not been to Berwyn in two years, so I cannot speak for it now, but I speak for the fifteen or so years I was there. Moving to Ankeny was a big change for me, it's a small town which is rapidly growing and just in the two years I've been here they've expanded a whole lot! There is a new high school, Ankeny Centennial High School, which was built the just before I moved and another high school, Ankeny High School, that was built three years before that one. The education is excellent and they have provided the learning resources for their students to excel. With that being said, this has caused many new families to move into the area, as the education system is one of the best in Iowa. Many new homes and shops are being built to match up to the incoming population. Ankeny, overall, is a great town for new families or couples looking to raise a family. The town is very welcoming and family oriented and all round a great place to live!
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I go to school at DMACC in Ankeny and it has been the perfect college town! There is a plethora of food options and shopping near campus. As a suburb of Des Moines, you get the on so experience the safety of a small town while having the opportunities of a large city. Though the commute to the heart of Des Moines is longer than I was used to, having grown up in Cedar Rapids, the vibrant life of the city is within reach.
I recently relocated to Des Moines, Iowa and settled in the suburb of Ankeny. The first thing I noticed about Ankeny is that a lot of changes are happening all around the city. Many new homes and businesses are becoming established here. The community is expanding exponentially, and along with that, more opportunities are becoming available. Ankeny has all the amenities anyone could ask for. It is easy to navigate, and is also well maintained. I feel very safe here, and welcomed as everyone I have encountered is very friendly. Overall I would recommend Ankeny to anyone looking to relocate it in the Des Moines area. It is perfect for families, young married couples, singles, and the aging. There is something for everyone to enjoy all while maintaining a small town feel in an ever changing and expanding city.