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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population53,413
Male Share of the Population49.2%
Female Share of the Population50.8%
Senior Citizens8.5%
Employed Population 16+29,828
Age of the Population32

Families

% of people married55.9%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher45.9%
Median Earnings25+$47,355
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$21,346
Median Earnings With High School Degree$33,061

Wealth

Median Family Income$90,944
% Above Poverty Level92.2%
% Below Poverty Level7.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time21 minutes
% Working from Home2.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.9%
% Using Public Transportation0.6%

Housing

People Living Alone22.5%
Median Gross Rent$906
Median House Value$186,200

Ancestry

Irish14.3%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)12.8%
English12.3%
Norwegian7%
Italian3.5%
Dutch2.8%
Swedish2.7%
French Except Basque2.1%
Danishn1.7%
Scottish1.7%
Polish1.6%
Russian1%
Welsh0.7%
Belgian0.6%
Czech0.6%
Swiss0.5%
Croatian0.5%
Austrian0.4%
Luxemburger0.3%
Canadian0.3%
Greek0.3%
African0.2%
Arab0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Finnish0.2%
German0.1%
Ukrainian0.1%
Jamaican0.1%
Moroccan0.1%
West Indian0.1%
Sudanese0.1%
Syrian0.1%
Serbian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
South African0.1%
Romanian0.1%
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Ankeny Almanac

CategoryValue
County Polk County
Standard Zip Codes50021, 50023
Phone Area Codes515
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude41.72
Approximate Longitude-93.6

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)

StationANKENY
Distance2.2 miles
Jan Temp9 to 28 F
Apr Temp37 to 60 F
Jul Temp64 to 86 F
Oct Temp39 to 63 F
Annual Precip33.3 inches
StationDES MOINES AP
Distance13.9 miles
Jan Temp12 to 29 F
Apr Temp40 to 61 F
Jul Temp66 to 86 F
Oct Temp42 to 64 F
Annual Precip34.7 inches
StationBOONE
Distance26.4 miles
Jan Temp7 to 28 F
Apr Temp37 to 60 F
Jul Temp63 to 85 F
Oct Temp39 to 64 F
Annual Precip36.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Alleman499$88,125
Bondurant5,079$79,592
Des Moines212,859$58,564
Elkhart815$66,667
Johnston19,491$115,020
Polk City4,115$84,797

Ankeny Public Libraries

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

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Ankeny Public Schools

East Elementary School
710 Se 3rd
ZIP: 50021
(515) 965-9660
Primary
Total Enrollment 430
Northeast Elementary
1705 Ne Trilein
ZIP: 50021
(515) 965-9620
Primary
Total Enrollment 666
Southeast Elementary School
1005 Se Trilein Dr
ZIP: 50021
(515) 965-9650
Primary
Total Enrollment 624
Terrace Elementary School
310 Nw School St
ZIP: 50021
(515) 965-9670
Primary
Total Enrollment 449
Ankeny Centennial High School
2220 Nw State St
ZIP: 50023
(515) 965-9610
High
Total Enrollment 1028
Ankeny High School
1155 Sw Cherry St
ZIP: 50023
(515) 965-9630
High
Total Enrollment 954
Ashland Ridge Elementary
2600 Nw Ash Drive
ZIP: 50023
(515) 965-9594
Primary
Total Enrollment 526
Crocker Elementary School
2910 Sw Applewood St
ZIP: 50023
(515) 965-9710
Primary
Total Enrollment 633
Northview Middle School
1302 N Ankeny Blvd
ZIP: 50023
(515) 965-9700
Other
Total Enrollment 759
Northwest Elementary School
1202 W First St
ZIP: 50023
(515) 965-9680
Primary
Total Enrollment 405
Parkview Middle School
105 Nw Pleasant St
ZIP: 50023
(515) 965-9640
Middle
Total Enrollment 796
Prairie Ridge Middle School
1010 Nw Prairie Ridge Dr
ZIP: 50023
(515) 965-9705
Middle
Total Enrollment 797
Prairie Trail Elementary
1850 Sw College Ave
ZIP: 50023
(515) 965-9605
Primary
Total Enrollment 699
Rock Creek Elementary
3800 Nw Abilene Rd
ZIP: 50023
(515) 965-9600
Primary
Total Enrollment 574
Southview Middle School
1020 Sw Cherry St
ZIP: 50023
(515) 965-9635
Other
Total Enrollment 677
Westwood Elementary School
2920 Nw 9th
ZIP: 50023
(515) 965-9690
Primary
Total Enrollment 576

Ankeny Private Schools

Ankeny Christian Academy
1604 W 1st St
ZIP: 50023
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 237
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