Ankeny, IA
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Ankeny is a medium-sized city located in the state of Iowa. With a population of 56,764 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, Ankeny is the 11th largest community in Iowa. Much of the housing stock in Ankeny was built relatively recently. The construction of new real estate can often be taken as an indication that the local Ankeny economy is robust, and that jobs or other amenities are attracting an influx of new residents. This seems to be the case in Ankeny, where the median household income is $75,465.00.

Ankeny real estate is some of the most expensive in Iowa, although Ankeny house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

Ankeny is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 85.62% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Ankeny is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Ankeny who work in office and administrative support (15.43%), sales jobs (10.97%), and management occupations (10.08%).

Also of interest is that Ankeny has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Ankeny is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The city’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Ankeny’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

The citizens of Ankeny are among the most well-educated in the nation: 45.65% of adults in Ankeny have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Ankeny in 2010 was $33,025, which is wealthy relative to Iowa and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $132,100 for a family of four. However, Ankeny contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Ankeny home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Ankeny residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Ankeny include Irish, English, Norwegian, and Dutch.

The most common language spoken in Ankeny is English. Other important languages spoken here include Serbo-Croatian and Spanish.