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. Ankeny has seen a significant amount of newer housing growth in recent years. Quite often, new home construction is the result of new residents moving in who are middle class or wealthier, attracted by jobs, a healthy local economy, or other amenities as they leave nearby or far away areas for greener pastures. This seems to be the case in Ankeny, where the median household income is $75,069.00.

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 85.25% 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 (15.68%), sales jobs (10.87%), and management occupations (10.31%).

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.

Because of many things, Ankeny is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Ankeny a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The city’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Ankeny has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local 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: 45.18% 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 $33,555, which is wealthy relative to Iowa and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $134,220 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.