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Overview of Ankeny

The vibrant community of Ankeny, Iowa, is always progressing. Located in central Iowa, the city is home to top-rated schools, numerous recreational and cultural amenities, and the state’s largest New Urbanist community: Prairie Trail. The city of Ankeny blends a small-town feel with urban sophistication in the historic downtown center. The state-of-the-art Crosswinds Business Park is a sustainable space spanning 450 acres in an ideal location that provides immediate access to interstates, with Des Moines just a short drive away. Ankeny is the location of the state’s largest community college: Des Moines Area Community College.

Ankeny apartments for rent are in a dynamic location near the Blank Park Zoo, the Science Center of Iowa, and several sports arenas. According to statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau, the population of Ankeny has skyrocketed over the past two decades. Since 1990, the population has nearly doubled and today more than 46,300 people call Ankeny home.

Living in Ankeny, IA

The community of Ankeny began as a small farming region founded by John Fletcher Ankeny in April 1875. The active businessman was involved in local politics, and he was a promoter and stockholder of the Minnesota Narrow Gauge Railroad. By 1903, Ankeny was incorporated as a town that spanned one square mile. The community continued to prosper through agricultural opportunities and the opening of John Deere Des Moines Works. By the late 1940s, production included harvesting equipment for corn, cotton, sugar beets, and potatoes. In 1961, Ankeny was officially a city, and by the early 2000s, it spanned more than 26 square miles.

Ankeny Attractions and Special Events

Ankeny SummerFest is a time-honored tradition held the week after the Fourth of July each year. Residents enjoy the grand parade, live music, fireworks, performances, and carnival rides. The DMACC Kite Festival and Ankeny Art in the Park event are additional annual festivals residents look forward to. From watching hundreds of colorful kites fly high above to celebrating the artistic talents of locals, Ankeny events are truly unique. During the summer, the city also hosts Ankeny Unplugged, Summer Sounds, and Movies Under the Stars.

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Des Moines, IA 50309

From $736

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Des Moines, IA (Downtown)


From $736

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
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Des Moines, IA 50313

$641 - $1020

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Des Moines, IA (Highland Park)


$641 - $1020

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths
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Des Moines, IA 50316

$530 - $785

Studio-2 Beds1 Bath

Des Moines, IA (Capitol Park)

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$530 - $785

Studio-2 Beds1 Bath
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Johnston, IA 50131

From $1025

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Johnston, IA (North District)


From $1025

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths
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Johnston, IA 50131

$60 - $1150

Studio-3 Beds0-2 Baths

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Des Moines, IA 50317

$610 - $1050

1-4 Beds1-2 Baths

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Des Moines, IA 50317

$640 - $790

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Des Moines, IA (Sheridan Gardens)


$640 - $790

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths
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Des Moines, IA 50310

From $520

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Des Moines, IA (Prospect Park)


From $520

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
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Altoona, IA 50009

$649 - $1734

Studio-4 Beds1-2 Baths

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Johnston, IA 50131

$875 - $1500

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Johnston, IA (Southwest)


$875 - $1500

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths
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Des Moines, IA 50311

$645 - $1090

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Des Moines, IA (Carpenter)


$645 - $1090

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
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Pleasant Hill, IA 50327

$820 - $1250

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Pleasant Hill, IA


$820 - $1250

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths
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Des Moines, IA 50309

$955 - $990

1 Bed1 Bath

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Des Moines, IA 50309

From $695

Studio-1 Bed1 Bath

Des Moines, IA (East Village)


From $695

Studio-1 Bed1 Bath
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Altoona, IA 50009

$930 - $1600

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths