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Ankeny, Iowa

Ankeny, Iowa
Ankeny City Hall
Ankeny City Hall
Official seal of Ankeny, Iowa
Motto: "Bringing it all together"
Location in the State of Iowa
Location in the State of Iowa
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Polk
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)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 45,582
 • Estimate (2013[3]) 51,567
 • Rank 11th in Iowa
 • Density 1,554.1/sq mi (600.0/km2)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 50015, 50021, 50023
Area code(s) 515
FIPS code 19-02305
GNIS feature ID 0454194
Website City of Ankeny

Ankeny is a city in Polk County, Iowa, United States. The population was 45,562 in the 2010 census, an increase of 68% from the 27,117 population in the 2000 census.[4][5] It is part of the Des MoinesWest Des Moines Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Ankeny was founded by John and Sarah Ankeny in 1875 and was incorporated on February 28, 1903.[6] A railroad link from Des Moines through Ankeny to Ames was completed in 1874 and passenger service established in 1880.[7]

Map of the Ankeny area from 1908, showing the railroads and coal mines (red) of the region. Ankeny is in the upper left quadrant.

Coal mining became an important activity in the Ankeny area in the early 20th century. The Anderson Coal Company sank a shaft two miles (3 km) southeast of Ankeny in 1908. Enterprise, four miles (6 km) east of Ankeny, was the company town of the Enterprise Coal Company, with two large mines opened in 1903 and 1907.[8] In 1914, the Enterprise Coal Company produced over 100,000 tons of coal, ranking among the top 24 coal producers in the state.[9] 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.[10]

Ankeny started off as just one square mile, and just 445 people. Electricity was first introduced in 1907. Ankeny's first fire department was first established in 1907 and was volunteer based. They had only three ladders and 14 water pails when the department started.[11]

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 plans to develop it into a mixed-use development known as "Prairie Trail."[12]


Ankeny is located at (41.726788, -93.604283).[13] It is located along Interstate 35 and U.S. Route 69 approximately seven miles (16 km) north of downtown Des Moines.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 29.33 square miles (75.96 km2), all of it land.[1]


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.[11] The 2010 census of 45,582 makes Ankeny the third-largest city in Polk County, behind Des Moines and West Des Moines. The City of Ankeny reached a population of over 50,000 in 2014.[14]

A water tower located in the city

2010 census

As of the census[2] 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.

2000 census

As of the census[15] 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.[16] 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.


Delaware Avenue
Sign outside Ankeny High School
listing athletic achievements

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.[17]

In recent years, several retail chains have opened stores along Delaware Avenue near Interstate 35, including Home Depot, Kohl's, Menards, SuperTarget, a Wal-Mart SuperCenter, a Staples, a Sportsman's Warehouse, Mills Fleet Farm, and a Best Buy. There are several large car dealerships right off of I-35 and Oralabor Road (Karl Chevrolet, Bob Brown Pontiac-GMC-Buick, Dewey Ford, and Dewey Dodge-Jeep). As of January 2011 Olive Garden opened a location in Ankeny, the second in the Des Moines Metro Area.

In December 2008 the city received attention from news organizations across the United States when it was revealed that Tone's Spices had donated 18,000 lbs of expired garlic salt for use in melting ice and snow on its roadways.[18]

In 2008, Ankeny was recognized as one of the top ten towns for families by Family Circle.[19] In 2009, Ankeny was ranked No. 62 in MONEY Magazine's top 100 places to live list.[20] In 2010, it was designated a Playful City USA by the KaBoom! Foundation for the fourth consecutive year, one of only 19 cities across the U.S. to receive this distinction.[21]


School name School mascot Grades
Ankeny Centennial High School Jaguars 10th-12th Grade
Ankeny High School Hawks/Hawkettes 10th - 12th Grade
Northview Middle School Jaguars 8th & 9th Grade
Southview Middle School Hawks/Hawkettes 8th & 9th Grade
Parkview Middle School Hawks/Hawkettes 6th & 7th Grade
Prairie Ridge Middle School Jaguars 6th & 7th Grade
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 Kindergarten - 5th Grade
Prairie Trail Elementary Hawks Kindergarten - 5th Grade
Ankeny Christian Academy Eagles Preschool - 12th Grade

Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary and the main campus of Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) are located in Ankeny. Simpson College and Upper Iowa University also operate classroom facilities there.

The Ankeny Community School District consists of nine elementary schools, four middle schools, and two high schools.

Ankeny Christian Academy is a private Preschool-12th grade school. ACA is a non-denominational Christian school and is accredited by the State of Iowa.[22]

Ankeny Community School District has a feeder system diverging into two high schools in the same district. The citizen-voter-chosen name for the northern high school is "Ankeny Centennial High School", while the southern high school retains the name "Ankeny High School". The Hawk/Hawkette is the mascot of Ankeny High School, while Ankeny Centennial's mascot is the Jaguar.

Ankeny Centennial High School is named after the Class of 2013, which was the 100th high school class to graduate from the Ankeny Community School District.

In December 2010, the Diocese of Des Moines announced a new parish to be built 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 [23] and will open in fall 2015.[24]

Notable people



  • Historic Uptown Shopping District
  • Big Creek State Park
  • Saylorville Recreation Area
  • Ankeny Summer Fest
  • Santa's North Pole Village
  • DMACC Kite Festival
  • Ankeny Art in the Park
  • High Trestle Trail
  • Haubert Park


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  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder".  
  3. ^ "Population Estimates".  
  4. ^ "Population & Housing Occupancy Status 2010".  
  5. ^ a b "Data from the 2010 Census". State Data Center of Iowa. Archived from the original on 26 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-14. 
  6. ^ City of Ankeny, Iowa. "City of Ankeny: History of Ankeny". Retrieved 2010-07-18. 
  7. ^ City of Ankeny, Iowa. "City of Ankeny: Late 1800's". Retrieved 2010-07-18. 
  8. ^ Henry Hinds, The Coal Deposits of Iowa, Chapter I of Iowa Geological Survey Annual Report, 1908, Des Moines, 1909, page 132, 143.
  9. ^ Frederick E. Saward, The Coal Trade, 1915, page 65.
  10. ^ Tally Sheet, Proceedings of the 23rd Annual Convention of the United Mine Workers of America Jan. 16 - Feb. 2, 1912, Indianapolis; Volume 2, page 184A.
  11. ^ a b City of Ankeny, Iowa. "City of Ankeny: The 1900s". Retrieved 2010-07-18. 
  12. ^ Urban Design Associates. "Prairie Trail Ankeny: Site History" (PDF). Archived from the original on 2007-06-29. Retrieved 2006-10-02. 
  13. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  14. ^ City of Ankeny, Iowa. "City of Ankeny: Population Basics". Retrieved 2010-07-18. 
  15. ^ "American FactFinder".  
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  17. ^ City of Ankeny CAFR
  18. ^ "Iowa town's roads well seasoned".  
  19. ^
  20. ^ "Best Places to Live 2009". CNN. 
  21. ^
  22. ^ Ankeny Christian Academy, Ankeny, Iowa, 1604 West 1st Street, Ankeny, IA 50023-2525 515-965-8114 Ankeny Christian Academy. Accessed 2007-08-13.
  23. ^ New Catholic parish, school planned in Ankeny. Accessed 2014-05-11.
  24. ^ Principally Speaking -- St. Luke the Evangelist. Accessed 2014-05-11.
  25. ^ "Paul Rhoads". Retrieved 2011-01-03. 
  26. ^ "Connie Yori". Coach biography.  
  27. ^

External links

  • 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

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