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Ankeny is a city in Polk County, Iowa, United States and home to Des Moines Area Community College. Ankeny is a rapidly growing suburb just north of Des Moines, Iowa's capital city. Ankeny covers approximately 33 square miles and has a population estimated at 54,598 after a special census conducted in 2015. This census also estimated the city's growth at 5 persons per day. The U.S. Census Bureau recently named Ankeny the fastest growing city in the Midwest and the 4th fastest growing city in the United States. Ankeny is the 9th largest city in Iowa and the 3rd largest in Polk County.
Ankeny City Hall
"Bringing it all together"
Location in the State of Iowa
|Incorporated||February 28, 1903|
|• Mayor||Gary Lorenz|
|• Total||29.33 sq mi (75.96 km2)|
|• Land||29.33 sq mi (75.96 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||909 ft (277 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Rank||10th in Iowa|
|• Density||1,554/sq mi (600.0/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−6 (CST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−5 (CDT)|
50023, 50021, 50015
|GNIS feature ID||0454194|
|Website||City of Ankeny|
Ankeny was founded by John and Sarah Ankeny in 1875 and was incorporated on February 28, 1903. A railroad link from Des Moines through Ankeny to Ames was completed in 1874 and passenger service established in 1880.
Coal mining became an important activity in the Ankeny area in the early 20th century. The Anderson Coal Company sank a shaft 2 miles (3 km) southeast of Ankeny in 1908. Enterprise, 4 miles (6 km) east of Ankeny, was the company town of the Enterprise Coal Company, with two large mines opened in 1903 and 1907. In 1914, the Enterprise Coal Company produced over 100,000 tons of coal, ranking among the top 24 coal producers in the state. In 1912, United Mine Workers Local 2476 in Ankeny had 246 members, over half of the total population at the time, and Local 2511 in Enterprise had 395 members.
Ankeny started off as just one square mile, and just 445 people. Electricity was first introduced in 1907. Ankeny's first fire department was established in 1907 and was volunteer-based. They had only three ladders and 14 water pails when the department started.
During World War II Ankeny was home to a federal ordnance plant that manufactured ammunition. After the war, Deere & Company purchased the plant for its Des Moines Works, while Iowa State University used the remainder of the land for its research farm. In June 2005 ISU sold the land to the city of Ankeny, which in turn sold it to Dennis Albaugh, who is developing it into a mixed-use development known as Prairie Trail.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
In 1940, Ankeny had a population of 779, but its population began to grow with the rest of the Des Moines suburbs after World War II. The 2010 census of 45,582 makes Ankeny the third-largest city in Polk County, behind Des Moines and West Des Moines. In 2018, Ankeny's population reached an estimated 63,000.
As of the census of 2010, there were 45,582 people, 17,433 households, and 12,087 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,554.1 inhabitants per square mile (600.0/km2). There were 18,339 housing units at an average density of 625.3 per square mile (241.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.7% White, 1.2% African American, 0.1% Native American, 2.0% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.6% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.3% of the population.
There were 17,433 households of which 38.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.9% were married couples living together, 7.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 30.7% were non-families. 22.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.08.
The median age in the city was 31.9 years. 27.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 33.7% were from 25 to 44; 21.1% were from 45 to 64; and 8.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.0% male and 51.0% female.
It is one of the most affluent cities in the state of Iowa, with a GDP per capita of $48,143 (the average Iowa GPD per capita being $25,335).
As of the census of 2000, there were 27,117 people, 10,339 households, and 7,278 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,616.5 people per square mile (624.3/km²). There were 10,882 housing units at an average density of 648.7 per square mile (250.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.94% White, 0.76% African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.94% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.38% from other races, and 0.81% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.08% of the population.
There were 10,339 households out of which 38.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.7% were married couples living together, 7.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.6% were non-families. 21.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.05.
Age spread: 27.1% under the age of 18, 11.4% from 18 to 24, 33.4% from 25 to 44, 20.1% from 45 to 64, and 8.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.4 males.
In 2008, the median income for a household in the city was $70,197, and the median income for a family was $88,231. Males had a median income of $54,532 versus $41,507 for females. The per capita income for the city was $31,527. About 1.6% of families and 2.8% of the population are below the poverty line, including 2.5% of those under age 18 and 5.0% of those age 65 or over.
Major employers in Ankeny include the Ankeny Community School District, Des Moines Area Community College, Deere & Company's Des Moines Works, Perishable Distributors of Iowa (a Hy-Vee subsidiary), Tone's Spices, Casey's General Stores, the City of Ankeny, Sysco Food Services of Iowa, Praxair, and Mrs. Clark's Foods.
Over the past two decades, commercial expansion has been significant throughout much of the growing city.
On the city's eastern edge running parallel to Interstate 35, Delaware Avenue was one of the first major roadways to receive commercial development. As of late 2016, it has large box stores such as a Wal-Mart SuperCenter, SuperTarget, Home Depot, Kohl's, Menards, Staples, Sportsman's Warehouse, Mills Fleet Farm, Sam's Club, and Best Buy, many medium-sized specialty stores, such as Michael's, Jo Ann Fabric and Crafts, Petsmart, and TJ Maxx, and plentiful smaller businesses ranging from restaurants and boutiques to cell phone retailers and salons. South of Oralabor Road, there are many large car dealerships, such as Karl Chevrolet, Bob Brown Pontiac-GMC-Buick, Dewey Ford, and Dewey Dodge-Jeep.
The newly developed and growing Prairie Trail District offers restaurants, a brewery, boutique shopping, entertainment, green space and more. The Delaware Shopping District offers more than 100 businesses with a variety of name brand and specialty stores. Historic Uptown Ankeny offers a mix of retail shops for antiques and art, restaurants, brewery, services, living and more.
Ankeny has 50 parks and playgrounds, 70 miles of trails, state-of-the-art sports facilities, two aquatic centers, all-inclusive Miracle Park, open green spaces and a large variety of organized programs for all ages. Ankeny is just minutes from Saylorville Lake and is home to four golf courses.
In 2008, Ankeny was recognized as one of the top ten towns for families by Family Circle. In 2009, Ankeny was ranked No. 62 in MONEY Magazine's top 100 places to live list. In 2015, it was designated a Playful City USA by the KaBoom! Foundation for the ninth consecutive year.
|School name||School mascot||Grades|
|Ankeny Centennial High School||Jaguars||10th–12th Grades|
|Ankeny High School||Hawks/Hawkettes||10th–12th Grades|
|Northview Middle School||Jaguars||8th & 9th Grades|
|Southview Middle School||Hawks/Hawkettes||8th & 9th Grades|
|Parkview Middle School||Hawks/Hawkettes||6th & 7th Grades|
|Prairie Ridge Middle School||Jaguars||6th & 7th Grades|
|Ashland Ridge Elementary||Jaguars||Kindergarten – 5th Grade|
|Crocker Elementary||Hawks||Kindergarten – 5th Grade|
|East Elementary||Hawks||Kindergarten – 5th Grade|
|Northeast Elementary||Jaguars||Kindergarten – 5th Grade|
|Northwest Elementary||Jaguars||Kindergarten – 5th Grade|
|Southeast Elementary||Hawks||Kindergarten – 5th Grade|
|Terrace Elementary||Hawks||Kindergarten – 5th Grade|
|Westwood Elementary||Jaguars||Kindergarten – 5th Grade|
|Prairie Trail Elementary||Hawks||Kindergarten – 5th Grade|
|Rock Creek Elementary||Jaguars||Kindergarten – 5th Grade|
|Ankeny Christian Academy||Eagles||Preschool – 12th Grade|
|St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic School||Longhorns||Kindergarten – 6th Grade|
The post-secondary institutions are the primary Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) campus and Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary. Upper Iowa University also operates an extension facility.
The Ankeny Community School District is in Polk County, Iowa, in the heart of the State of Iowa. Six miles from the capitol city of Des Moines, the district:
- Had a 2014 state-certified enrollment of 10,346.43 students (View certified & projected enrollment here.)
- Is the 8th largest district in the state (total students served)
- Has been one of the fastest-growing school districts in Iowa for more than a decade, averaging growth of 365 students annually for the last ten years
- Encompasses 16 school buildings in 51.93 square miles
- Has a K-5, 6-7, 8-9, 10-12 grade level structure
- Has more than 360,540 miles driven by buses per year
In December 2010, the Diocese of Des Moines announced plans to build a new parish that will include a school on the western side of the community on NW Weigel Drive, just north of West 5th St. Initial plans are for the school to house grades K-8 and will open in fall 2015.
- Dennis Albaugh (born 1949) Owner, CEO of Albaugh Inc., No. 799 on Forbes 2007 list of World's Billionaires
- Carmine Boal (born 1956), Republican Iowa State Representative
- Chris Fehn (born 1972), won a Grammy Award as a musician in the heavy metal band Slipknot
- Jeff Lamberti (born 1962), Republican Iowa Senator and State Representative
- Karen Maguire, actress. Grew up in Ankeny.
- Larry Noble, Republican Iowa Senator
- Paul Rhoads (born 1967), college football coach, head coach at Iowa State University from 2009 to 2015.
- James Root (born 1971), rhythm/lead guitarist of the heavy metal band Slipknot, and the lead guitarist for the rock band Stone Sour
- Connie Yori (born 1963), As of 2010[update] head coach of the Nebraska Cornhuskers women's basketball team
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- "Playful City USA Communities - KaBOOM!".
- Ankeny Christian Academy, Ankeny, Iowa, 1604 West 1st Street, Ankeny, IA 50023-2525 515-965-8114 Ankeny Christian Academy. Accessed 2007-08-13.
- New Catholic parish, school planned in Ankeny. Accessed 2014-05-11.
- Principally Speaking – St. Luke the Evangelist. Accessed 2014-05-11.
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- "Connie Yori". Coach biography. University of Nebraska. Retrieved January 3, 2010.
- Haubert Park City of Ankeny. Retrieved 10 May 2017.
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- Official Ankeny City Website
- Ankeny Chamber of Commerce
- Ankeny Community School District
- Ankeny Area Historical Society
- Ankeny Economic Development Corporation
- Ankeny Community Online Resource
- City Data Comprehensive Statistical Data and more about Ankeny