Cost of Living,
Ankeny's Real Estate Market
Des Moines Metro Area
Profile: Capital city
Location: Just south of geographic center of Iowa
Time zone: Central Standard Time
|Capital city amenities||Air service|
|Stable economy||Harsh winters|
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. The wealthier and more educated suburbs and most parks and recreational amenities lie west of town, the largest being West Des Moines, while the east is more industrial. The area contains about 400 factories, many processing food or manufacturing farming products. The city has an assortment of parks, museums, zoos, gardens, and historic attractions. Des Moines is large enough to have a good symphony and ballet and a large, concert venue, but small enough to be a “15-minute city” – 15 minutes gets you about anywhere in town. With a 140-year-tradition, the Iowa State Fair matches most people’s image of a classic American fair. For a larger capital city, air service is relatively lacking and ethnic diversity is low, but cost of living at 88.4 is quite reasonable for what is available and for a capital city. As a place with strengths in all categories, Des Moines continues to do well in the rankings.
The gently rolling terrain sits in the shallow valley of the Des Moines River and its tributaries. The climate is continental with a marked seasonal contrast in both temperature and precipitation. The summer season is warm and humid with prevailing southerly winds and precipitation falling mainly as showers and thunderstorms, some heavy. Autumn is characteristically sunny with diminishing precipitation. Winter brings cold dry air, sometimes below 0[dg]F, interrupted by occasional, short show storms. Extensive drifting snow can impede transportation. First freeze is early October, last is early May.
Interesting Facts about Ankeny, Iowa
As of 2014, Ankeny's population is 45,732 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 53.33 percent.--------------------
The median home cost in Ankeny is $168,600. Home appreciation the last year has been 2.40 percent.--------------------
Compared to the rest of the country, Ankeny's cost of living is 5.80% Lower than the U.S. average.--------------------
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.--------------------
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.
Ranked #2 Most Secure Places to Live in the U.S. (Large Metro Areas)
Ranked #6 The Best Cities to Relocate to in America
Ranked #12 America's Migraine Hot Spots
Ranked #19 Most Secure Places to Live 2011 (Large Metros)
Ranked #20 Most Secure Large Cities in the U.S.
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Average Commute time is 21 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.--------------------
Ankeny's Real Estate Market (click to see properties)
• Newly Listed Homes
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• Million Dollar Houses
• Homes from $750,001 to $1,000,000
• Homes from $500,001 to $750,000
• Homes from $250,000 to $500,000
• Homes under $250,000
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