82 reviews
  1. Suburb of Des Moines, IA
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    B+
  3. Real Estate
    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
    A-
  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

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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!
I enjoy living in Ankeny. Having grown up in a small town, it is nice to still find that small-town atmosphere in a larger city. The people are friendly, and the neighborhood I live in is full of wonderful families. I also enjoy how there are plenty of amenities in the town, yet I feel like my neighborhood is quiet and peaceful. I would love to live in Ankeny in the future, whether it is on my own or if I choose to start a family here. The future looks bright for this city!
I really love Ankeny! The schools are very nice and have many opportunities for the students. Even with the fast growth of the city, it is a great place to raise a family and it is very safe. Traffic isn't bad unless you are leaving the high school after school. It's very nice and has lots of things to do and its very close to Des Moines!