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Ankeny by the Numbers

Getting Around

Des Moines: 13 miles, about 17 minutes
Des Moines Int'l Airport: 19 miles, about 28 minutes
Iowa City: 115 miles, about 1 hour, 45 minutes


Population: 67,355
Zip code: 50023, 50021, 50015
County: Polk
Median home value: $270,400

Spotlights of Ankeny

Saylorville Lake

Looking to spend an afternoon on the water, hike through scenic trails, or just unwind in the serenity of nature? Saylorville Lake is located just 20 minutes down the road from Ankeny, and it's the best spot in town for an outdoor adventure. The lake is accessible via two public parks: Big Creek State Park and Jester Park.

Ankeny Miracle Park

Miracle Park is a fully inclusive playground that boasts more than 14,000 square feet of fun! Children of all ages will enjoy this sensory-friendly park, which offers roller tables, gliders, and an omni-spinner. And best of all, the equipment at Miracle Park is completely wheelchair-accessible.

Uptown Ankeny

There's always something going on in Uptown Ankeny! This bustling district offers a vast variety of shops, restaurants, and local businesses, but it also serves as a hub for the town's annual events. Favorites include the summer Farmers Market, Beer & Bingo, as well as Mistletoe Mingle Nights during the holidays.

Ankeny Attractions

What You'll LOVE in Ankeny

Ankeny's ideal location just north of Des Moines puts it within easy reach of city excitement, but this town has plenty of cool destinations of its own that you won't want to miss. As if that isn't enough, Ankeny's top-rated schools, affordable real estate, and easy way of life make it a great town to call home.

Ample parks and recreation

Ankeny is the perfect place for anyone who loves to get outside. Here, you can boat on local lakes, take your four-legged friend out for an adventure, or just enjoy the town's 90+ miles of paved trails—it's all up to you.

Looking for recommendations? Try heading to one of Ankeny's 60 parks—the Ankeny Dog Park and Sunrise Park are just a few popular spots. Ankeny is also home to a variety of public and private golf courses, including the Briarwood Club, Otter Creek Golf Course, and Woodland Hills Golf Course.

Easy access to shopping & dining

Ankeny has plenty of local and chain retailers, as well as a broad selection of eateries that specialize in all different types of cuisine. Needless to say, you'll never have to travel far to find exactly what you might need.

Delaware Avenue features most of Ankeny's largest shopping centers, such as Delaware Centre II and Kohl's Plaza. The Outlets of Des Moines, which showcases dozens of well-known outlet stores, are also just a 15-minute drive away. Whenever you're feeling hungry, Fong's Pizza and the Ankeny Diner should be at the top of your must-try list. 

Top-notch public schools

Public school students living in Ankeny are served by Ankeny Community Schools, the sixth largest district in Iowa. In total, Ankeny Community Schools educate nearly 12,000 children and employ 1,500 teachers and staff. A small portion of south Ankeny is currently zoned for the Saydel Community School District.

Des Moines Area Community College also operates a satellite campus in Ankeny, which offers various degree and certificate programs. 

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Ankeny is a growing city with a whole lot to offer, and we'd love to help you find the home of your dreams. Get in touch with VIA Group Realtors to begin your search for the perfect place. We're always here to answer your questions about life and real estate in the Des Moines area! 

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This IDX is provided exclusively for consumers' non-commercial use. The information is deemed reliable, but is not guaranteed accurate by the MLS.

Data last updated 06/17/24 10:58 AM.