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  7. Jobs
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Ankeny is a suburb of Des Moines with a population of 56,237. 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
56,237

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$197,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$991
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    26%
  • Own
    74%
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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
    15%
  • 10-17 years
    12%
  • 18-24 years
    10%
  • 25-34 years
    18%
  • 35-44 years
    15%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    8%
  • 65+ years
    9%
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
    19%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    3%
    13%

Working in Ankeny

Jobs
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Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$79,536
National
$55,322

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Ankeny Reviews

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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!
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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.
Ankeny is growing every year! Great schools, lots of shopping and food choices with more to come. You hardly ever need to leave ankeny for anything! Quick commute to Des Moines, Altona. Nice clean town!