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Ankeny, Iowa

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Welcome to Ankeny ...

The city of Ankeny is located in Polk County.

From the  Census Estimates for 2016, Ankeny has a population of 58,627 people<1> (see below for details).

Ankeny was established in 1874.

The community of Ankeny is 980 feet [299 m] above sea level.<2>.

Time Zone: Ankeny lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

The telephone area code for Ankeny: (515)

The ZIP codes for Ankeny: 50015, 50021<3>

Population Details ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Ankeny had a population of 45,582 people (which is 10.58% of the total population of Polk County). This makes Ankeny the county's 3rd most populous community.

The population of Ankeny represents 1.5% of the population of Iowa (which has 3,046,355 people), making it the state's 11th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 45,582 people, the population of Ankeny increased 68.09% from the 2000 Census (that had a count of 27,117 people).

Taken from the 2016 Census Estimates, Ankeny had an population of 58,627 people. This is an increase of 28.62% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 116.2% since the 2000 Census).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Ankeny.

Communities near Ankeny ...

The following is a sample of nearby communities. Please note that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance and not the distance if you drove it.<4>.

Community   2016
Altoona   [Map]   17,938   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
Clive   [Map]   17,546   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
Des Moines   [Map]   215,472   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
Grimes   [Map]   11,909   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
Johnston   [Map]   21,114   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
Norwalk   [Map]   10,590   S   16 miles [25.7 km]

To learn more about neighboring communities and counties, please visit the Nearby Page for Ankeny.

Communities Also Named Ankeny ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 2 communities that are also named Ankeny - they are located in Pennsylvania and Washington.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Ankeny.

See Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a couple of sections that should be of interest to those chasing their genealogy.

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Ankeny. We make it easy to see an overhead view of the cemetery.
  • Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Ankeny. Our list includes information such as whether the community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.
  • We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Ankeny. Our list includes 5 papers.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper Page for Ankeny:

Websites for Ankeny ...

Official Website:   www.ci.ankeny.ia.us/
Chamber of Commerce:   www.ankeny.org/

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Ankeny ...

Looking for more information about Ankeny? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you get an overview with links that will help you to find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Ankeny, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information and a map of those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Tourism Map for Ankeny.

Search for Local Businesses ...

People are finding Google's 'Search-by-Location' to be a useful tool when planning visits to this area. We have prepared the following searches to help you find businesses, travel and vacation activities that are in (or close to) Ankeny. It's likely that the search results won't include all of the businesses that are in this area, but the results should give you a good foundation for further searches.

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Bed & BreakfastTruck StopsATMs
RestaurantsAuto RepairReal Estate
 RV RepairRentals
PharmacyAuto PartsChurches
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AttractionsMotorcycle Parts 
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Business Owners: To appear in the above search results, your business will need to be listed with the Google Places service. Please use the below link to learn about and register for the free service.

If you find an error or if your business wasn't included in the results, please contact Google to register your business or report an error. We simply link to 'Search-by-Location' and have no control over their results. Only a registered owner/operator can add their business or correct mistakes - we can not do it for you.

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About Polk County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Ankeny: www.ci.ankeny.ia.us/

The official website for Polk County: www.co.polk.ia.us/

The official website for State of Iowa: www.iowa.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Ankeny.

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<2>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Ankeny - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<3>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Ankeny). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Ankeny or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

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<4>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance starting from Ankeny. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Ankeny) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Ankeny. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Ankeny

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ankeny. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.7234, Longitude: -93.5987     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Ankeny have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<5>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Ankeny.