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Overview

Introduction to Ankeny, Iowa

Ankeny, Iowa, in Polk county, is located 8 miles N of Des Moines, Iowa (center to center) and 125 miles E of Omaha, Nebraska.

Ankeny History

Ankeny, which was named after the settler Col. John Ankeny, was incorporated on February 28, 1903. In 1874, the railroad from Des Moines to Ames was completed and the link also passed through Ankeny. Ammunition was manufactured in Ankeny during the Second World War at the federal ordinance plant. Deere and Company bought a part of the plant after the war and the rest was utilized by the Iowa State University for its research farm.

Ankeny and Nearby Attractions

  • Blank Park Zoo
  • Des Moines Art Center
  • Iowa Arboretum
  • Iowa State Capitol
  • Des Moines Botanical Center
  • Walnut Woods State Park

Things To Do In Ankeny

People may visit the historic site of Iowa State Capitol. There are numeruos parks and recreational areas in Ankeny including the Badger Creek State Recreation Area, Walnut Woods State Park, and Ledges State Park. Ledges State Park has camping areas, hiking trails, canoeing, fishing, and picnic areas. Places of historical significance include State Historical Society of Iowa and the Living History Farms. The Des Moines Art Center has permanent collections of contemporary art.

Ankeny Transportation

The closest major airport is Des Moines International Airport.

Ankeny Higher Education

Des Moines Community College is located in Ankeny. Nearby colleges include Drake University, Grand View College, and Mercy College of Health Sciences.

People

Total Population 51,489
Male Share of the Population 49.5%
Female Share of the Population 50.5%
Senior Citizens 8.6%
Employed Population 16+ 28,703
Age of the Population 32

Families

% of people married 59.2%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 45.7%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $90,909
% Above Poverty Level 92.2%
% Below Poverty Level 7.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.3%
% Using Public Transportation 0.6%

Housing

People Living Alone 22.3%
Median Gross Rent $837
Median House Value $175,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 13.3%
US/American 0%
English 12.3%
Irish 13.7%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Ankeny Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 8 miles N of Des Moines, Iowa (center to center)
Nearest Large City 125 miles E of Omaha, Nebraska
County Polk
Metro Area Des Moines
Standard Zip Codes 50021
Phone Area Codes 515
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.729
Longitude -93.605

Ankeny Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station ANKENY
Distance 2.2 miles
Jan Temp 9 to 28 F
Apr Temp 37 to 60 F
Jul Temp 64 to 86 F
Oct Temp 39 to 63 F
Annual Precip 33.3 inches
Station DES MOINES AP
Distance 13.9 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 29 F
Apr Temp 40 to 61 F
Jul Temp 66 to 86 F
Oct Temp 42 to 64 F
Annual Precip 34.7 inches
Station BOONE
Distance 26.4 miles
Jan Temp 7 to 28 F
Apr Temp 37 to 60 F
Jul Temp 63 to 85 F
Oct Temp 39 to 64 F
Annual Precip 36.3 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Ankeny, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Carney (50021)

Lundstrom Heights (50021)

Oralabor (50021)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Alleman 524 $81,932
Bondurant 4,555 $69,219
Des Moines 208,020 $56,196
Elkhart 653 $74,000
Johnston 19,550 $118,138

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Ankeny Public Libraries

Library
Kirkendall Public Library
1210 NW PRAIRIE RIDGE DR.
Ankeny, Iowa
(515) 965-6460
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Ankeny High Schools

ANKENY HIGH SCHOOL
1302 N ANKENY BLVD
515-965-9630
Serves 1,273 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.3

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