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-Attractive downtown
-Capital city amenities
-Stable economy


-Air service
-Harsh winters

What Bert Has To Say About Des Moines Metro Area

As the cultural and economic heart of Iowa, Des Moines is headquarters to nearly 60 companies and most notably a center for the insurance industry as well as many agriculture-related businesses. Many characterize it as a “gentle” big city, retaining a small-town feel with larger-city amenities, but some also complain of a lack of entertainment and nightlife. It is quintessentially Midwestern with a clean but plain downtown with mostly rectangular tree-lined streets.


Quick Facts About Ankeny

    The unemployment rate in Ankeny is 2.30 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Ankeny jobs have Increased by 4.03 percent.
    Compared to the rest of the country, Ankeny's cost of living is 5.80% Lower than the U.S. average.
    As of 2014, Ankeny's population is 45,732 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 53.33 percent.
    Average Commute time is 21 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.
    The median home cost in Ankeny is $168,600. Home appreciation the last year has been 2.40 percent.
    Ankeny public schools spend $12,678 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 17.1 students per teacher in Ankeny.

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