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Ankeny, Iowa
—  City  —

Location in the State of Iowa
Coordinates: 41°43′36″N 93°36′15″W / 41.72667°N 93.60417°W / 41.72667; -93.60417
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Polk
Incorporated February 28, 1903
 - Mayor Steven D. Van Oort
 - Total 29.1 sq mi (43.4 km2)
 - Land 16.8 sq mi (43.4 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 909 ft (277 m)
Population (2008)[1]
 - Total 42,287
 - Density 1,616.5/sq mi (624.3/km2)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-7)
ZIP codes 50015, 50021, 50023
Area code(s) 515
FIPS code 19-02305
GNIS feature ID 0454194

Ankeny is a city in Polk County, Iowa. The population was 27,118 at the 2000 census. A special census taken by the city in 2005 counted 36,161 residents, while the United States Census Bureau estimated that 42,287 residents lived there in 2008.[1][2] It is part of the Des MoinesWest Des Moines Metropolitan Statistical Area.



Ankeny was founded by John Ankeny in 1874 and was incorporated on February 28, 1903.[3] A railroad link from Des Moines through Ankeny to Ames was completed in 1874 and passenger service established in 1880.

Ankeny City Hall
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 2 miles southeast of Ankeny in 1908. Enterprise, 4 miles east of Ankeny, was the company town of the Enterprise Coal Company, with two large mines opened in 1903 and 1907.[4] In 1914, the Enterprise Coal Company produced over 100,000 tons of coal, ranking among the top 24 coal producers in the state.[5]

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. The had only 3 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 plans to develop it into a mixed-use development known as "Prairie Trail."[6]

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. Ankeny's population jumped from 2,964 to 9,151 between 1960 and 1970. By 1990 it had 18,482 people, and in 2000 the population was at 27,117.[3] The 2008 estimate of 42,287 makes Ankeny the third-largest city in Polk County, behind Des Moines and West Des Moines. Ankeny's numeric population gain of 15,170 between 2000 and 2008 ranked first among Iowa cities.[1] The city of Ankeny estimates that the city's population will reach 55,000 by 2020.[7]


Ankeny Iowa 20080104 Welcome Sign.JPG

Ankeny is located at 41°43′36″N 93°36′15″W / 41.72667°N 93.60417°W / 41.72667; -93.60417 (41.726788, -93.604283)[8]. It is located along Interstate 35 and U.S. Route 69 approximately 7 miles (16 km) north of downtown Des Moines.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 16.8 square miles (43.4 km²), all of it land. City limits through 2007 (not yet reflected at the Census Bureau) encompass 29.14 square miles.

Ankeny Sports

Prarie Ridge Sports Complex is home to little league baseball and softball and to soccer and Ankeny Junior Football. There are 12 baseball fields, 6 softball fields, 6 soccer fields and 2 football fields


Delaware Avenue

Major employers in Ankeny include Deere & Company's Des Moines Works, Perishable Distributors of Iowa (a Hy-Vee subsidiary), Tone's Spices, Mrs. Clark's Foods and the Ankeny School District.[7] Casey's General Stores are headquartered in Ankeny.

In recent years, several "big box" retailers have opened stores along Delaware Avenue near Interstate 35, including Home Depot, Kohl's, Menards, SuperTarget, a Wal-Mart SuperCenter, and a Best Buy. 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).

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.[9]

In 2008, Ankeny was recognized as one of the top ten towns for families by Family Circle Magazine. In 2009, it was designated a Playful City USA by the KaBoom! Foundation for the third consecutive year, one of only 22 cities across the U.S. to receive this distinction. In 2009, Ankeny made MONEY Magazine's top 100 places to live list.


A water tower located in the city
City of Ankeny
Population by year
1910 445
1920 648
1930 632
1940 779
1950 1,229
1960 2,964
1965 5,910
1970 9,151
1975 13,212
1977 15,000
1980 15,410
1985 16,582
1990 18,482
1994 21,479
2000 27,117
2005 36,161
2008 42,287

As of the census[10] 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/sq mi (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.

In the city the population was spread out with 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.

The median income for a household in the city was $55,162, and the median income for a family was $66,433 (these figures had risen to $67,459 and $85,143 respectively as of a 2007 estimate[11]). Males had a median income of $42,220 versus $29,083 for females. The per capita income for the city was $48,143. About 2.5% of families and 4.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.1% of those under age 18 and 2.5% of those age 65 or over.


Sign outside Ankeny High School listing athletic achievements

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 eight elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school. Ankeny Christian Academy is a private K-12 school.[12]

School name School mascot Grades
Ankeny High School Hawks/Hawkettes 10th - 12th Grade
Northview Middle School Hawks/Hawkettes 8th & 9th Grade
Parkview Middle School Hawks/Hawkettes 6th & 7th Grade
Ashland Ridge Elementary N/A Kindergarten - 5th Grade
Crocker Elementary N/A Kindergarten - 5th Grade
East Elementary Kindergarten - 5th Grade
Northeast Elementary N/A Kindergarten - 5th Grade
Northwest Elementary N/A Kindergarten - 5th Grade
Southeast Elementary Kindergarten - 5th Grade
Terrace Elementary Kindergarten - 5th Grade
Westwood Elementary Kindergarten - 5th Grade
Ankeny Christian Academy Eagles Kindergarten - 12th Grade


  1. ^ a b c "Population Estimates and Rankings for Population, Numerical Change, and Percent Change for Iowa's Incorporated Places: 2000-2008" (PDF). Iowa Data Center. Retrieved 2009-07-11.  
  2. ^ United States Census Bureau. "Special Census Certified Counts for Governmental Units in Iowa (2005)". Retrieved 2007-02-19.  
  3. ^ a b c City of Ankeny, Iowa. "History of Ankeny, Iowa". Retrieved 2006-10-02.  
  4. ^ Henry Hinds, The Coal Deposits of Iowa, Chapter I of Iowa Geological Survey Annual Report, 1908, Des Moines, 1909, page 132, 143.
  5. ^ Frederick E. Saward, The Coal Trade, 1915, page 65.
  6. ^ Urban Design Associates. "Prairie Trail Ankeny: Site History" (PDF). Retrieved 2006-10-02.  
  7. ^ a b Ankeny Chamber of Commerce. "Community Facts". Retrieved 2007-02-19.  
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  9. ^ "Iowa town's roads well seasoned". Associated Press. Retrieved 2009-01-29.  
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  11. ^
  12. ^ Ankeny Christian Academy, Ankeny, Iowa, Ankeny Christian Academy. Accessed 2007-08-13.

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