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A+ Ankeny Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
B- Ankeny Cost of Living Cost of living is 6% higher than Iowa
946% less expensive than the US average
8911% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Ankeny cost of living
A- Ankeny Crime Total crime is 35% lower than Iowa
Total crime
1,57343% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 6443% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
11%Year over year crime is up
Ankeny crime
B- Ankeny Employment Household income is 41% higher than Iowa
Median household income
$76,76039% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$34,84017% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
3%46% lower than the US average
Ankeny employment
A Ankeny Housing Home value is 40% higher than Iowa
Median home value
$186,2001% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$9065% lower than the US average
Home ownership
73%15% higher than the US average
Ankeny real estate or Ankeny rentals
A+ Ankeny Schools HS graduation rate is 10% higher than Iowa
High school grad. rates
96%16% higher than the US average
School test scores
89%82% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
19:116% higher than the US average
Ankeny K-12 schools or Ankeny colleges

Living in Ankeny, IA

Ankeny is a medium-sized city located in the state of Iowa. The city has a population of 53,413 inhabitants. At 94%, the majority of the Ankeny population is White; this is followed by 2% Asian and 1% Black. Ankeny tends to attract a younger crowd, as the median age of 32 is far below the national average. 78% of the people in Ankeny (over the age of 15) are married and 51% have kids under the age of eighteen. Knowing that, it’s safe to say that this area could be a great place for other families to lay down roots.

Are you trying to decide if living in Ankeny is the right fit for your lifestyle? To ensure a positive experience before moving to any new city in Iowa, you will probably want to make sure that you check all of the most important boxes. Finding the best places to live in Ankeny and nearby areas is a much easier task when you can rely on information and data from the livability score, which includes amenities, crime, weather, education, employment and other important metrics.

With a livability score of 90/100, Ankeny is ranked #33 in the United States and #1 in Iowa. Compared to the national average, Ankeny ranks among some of the best places to live in the country! Another exciting tidbit, is that Ankeny ranks better than 90% of all US cities! For each of the livability categories, we see that Ankeny ranks very well for amenities (A+), crime (A-), cost of living (B-), education (A+), employment (B-) and housing (A). Ankeny does not score well for the following: weather (D). It might be a smart idea to take a closer look at each category to find out why.

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Ankeny, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do.

School test scores can be an important metric in deciding if the local area schools can provide a solid educational system for children. The schools in Ankeny have a test score average of 89%, which is well above the US average.

For buyers, real estate will be the largest purchase they ever make and it will also be their most valuable asset. For renters, the monthly rent paid on their Ankeny apartments will most likely be their largest expense. Based on tangible metrics like home and rental affordability and appreciation rates, housing in this area has received a score that is well above the average of every other US city.

There are many factors that go into deciding if an area is the right fit for your lifestyle. Certain “must haves” like low crime, great schools and nearby amenities are all at the top of most people's lists. But before even considering if those options are available, most people will need to know if the real estate in Ankeny is actually affordable. Median real estate prices in Ankeny come in at $186,200, which is 40.2% higher than the Iowa average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Ankeny, the home price to income ratio is 2.4, which is 0% lower than the Iowa average. Knowing if your home will appreciate on a long term or even a short term basis should be factored into your decision making. An increase in your home’s value can be a good way to generate tax-free equity that can create long term financial security. In the past year, appreciation rates for homes in the Ankeny area were 3.9% and 5 year appreciation rates were 6.8%.

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Compare Ankeny, IA Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Ankeny, IA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Waterbury, Des Moines8510.82,740
Downtown Des Moines, Des Moines8510.32,576
Waveland Park, Des Moines849.73,214
Ingersoll Park, Des Moines8310.4798
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Greenwood, Des Moines8310.81,009
Lower Beaver, Des Moines836.95,761
Salisbury Oaks, Des Moines81111,088
Meredith, Des Moines817.64,605

Best Cities Near Ankeny, IA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Ankeny, IA90053,413
Clive, IA8812.817,022
Urbandale, IA88941,578
West Des Moines, IA8611.861,624
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Waukee, IA8616.316,955
Altoona, IA858.616,692
Johnston, IA846.619,491
Prairie City, IA8320.91,973
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Ankeny Is A Pleasant City

In the past, I have lived in Ankeny, Iowa and found the city to be very pleasant. There are only about fifty thousand residents in the area, so it is not a large city by any means, yet you don't get a small town vibe. Ankeny lies about ten miles north of Des Moines and can be considered a suburb of the city.

If you want to go out to the bars or hit the clubs, you are going to have to head into the city of Des Moines, but this isn't a problem due to it's close proximity. There is good shopping in and around the city of Ankeny, but again, you will likely find that you have much better options in Des Moines and the bulk of people make the short drive into the city for the bulk of their shopping. There are nice restaurants in Ankeny and they typically cater to the pretty modest incomes that the majority of residents in the area have.

There are a bunch of great outdoor activities to partake in around Ankeny. There are some nice lakes and rivers that provide for high quality fishing and the land is completely open on the majority of the sides of Ankeny, making for great hunting. There are a lot of farms on the outskirts of Ankeny and they have a pretty vibrant community that revolves around farmers markets and fresh produce. This brings the community together and you can generally feel a great vibe in and around the city. Some people may claim that they don't like the area because there isn't a lot of action when it comes to the nightlife and partying, but that's exactly what a lot of people are looking for. There is no question that Ankeny is a great place to purchase a home and raise a family.
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Source: The Ankeny, IA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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