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Welcome to Ankeny ...

The city of Ankeny is located in Polk County<1>.

The location of Ankeny has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Ankeny has a population of 67,348 people<3> (see below for details).

Ankeny was established in 1874.

The community of Ankeny is 980 feet [299 m] above sea level.<4>.

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

Ankeny lies within the (515) area code.

The ZIP codes for Ankeny: 50021, 50023<5>

Websites for Ankeny ...

Official Website:   www.ci.ankeny.ia.us/

Chamber of Commerce:   www.ankeny.org/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Ankeny had an population of 67,348 people. This is an increase of 47.75% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 148.36% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Ankeny had a population of 45,582 people (or 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 (with a count of 27,117 people).

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

Adding Ankeny to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Ankeny in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Ankeny was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Ankeny on a map titled Rand McNally Map of Iowa (1911).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Ankeny on our Genealogy Page.

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.

Communities near Ankeny ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Ankeny.

  • Des Moines [Polk County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Des Moines
    • Des Moines [Polk County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<6> to the south of Ankeny
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 212,312 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Des Moines
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Des Moines<7>
  • West Des Moines [Polk County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for West Des Moines
    • West Des Moines [Polk County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<6> to the southwest of Ankeny
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 69,057 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for West Des Moines have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on West Des Moines
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for West Des Moines<7>
  • Urbandale [Polk County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Urbandale
    • Urbandale [Polk County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<6> to the southwest of Ankeny
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 44,650 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Urbandale have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Urbandale
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Urbandale<7>
  • Waukee [Dallas County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Waukee
    • Waukee [Dallas County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<6> to the southwest of Ankeny
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 26,166 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Waukee
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Waukee<7>
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Johnston [Polk County]
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      • Johnston [Polk County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<6> to the southwest of Ankeny
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 23,092 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Johnston have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Johnston
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Johnston<7>
    • Altoona [Polk County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Altoona
      • Altoona [Polk County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<6> to the southeast of Ankeny
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 19,503 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Altoona have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Altoona
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Altoona<7>
    • Clive [Polk County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Clive
      • Clive [Polk County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<6> to the southwest of Ankeny
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 17,444 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Clive have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Clive
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Clive<7>
    • Grimes [Polk County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Grimes
      • Grimes [Polk County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<6> to the west of Ankeny
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 15,831 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Grimes have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Grimes
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Grimes<7>
    • Norwalk [Warren County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Norwalk
      • Norwalk [Warren County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<6> to the south of Ankeny
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 12,449 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Norwalk have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Norwalk
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Norwalk<7>
    • Pleasant Hill [Polk County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pleasant Hill
      • Pleasant Hill [Polk County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<6> to the southeast of Ankeny
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 10,025 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pleasant Hill have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pleasant Hill
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Pleasant Hill<7>

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Ankeny. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Ankeny.

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 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Ankeny.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Ankeny. Our list includes 5 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Ankeny.

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 can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Ankeny, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Ankeny.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Iowa

About Polk County

About Iowa

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: https://www.iowa.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Iowa's counties, including Polk, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Ankeny.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Ankeny - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>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).
<6>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. 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, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from AnkenyOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ankeny. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.7234, Longitude: -93.5987       In this case, the coordinates for Ankeny have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<7>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.






















 

 

 

 

 


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