Ankeny is the 10th fastest-growing city in the United States, the fastest growing city in Midwest

Post Date:05/23/2019 2:53 p.m. – City of Ankeny 

The U.S. Census Bureau issued a report today that ranks Ankeny 10th on the list of the 15 fastest-growing cities in the United States with a population of 50,000 or more. Ankeny is the only city on the list outside of the South or West regions, making it the fastest growing city in the Midwest. 

Between July 1, 2017 and July 1, 2018, Ankeny added 2,895 residents, an average of more than 7 people per day for a growth rate of 4.6 percent. Ankeny completed a special census on Dec. 10, 2014, that showed the population to be 54,598. The 2018 estimate puts the population at 65,284 and today, the estimate stands at 67,000+. Ankeny’s population has more than doubled over the last 15 years. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Ankeny is now the 9th largest city in Iowa.

Ankeny offers a hometown feel with first class amenities. The residential growth is only one part of Ankeny’s success. Last year was another record breaking year for commercial investment. To be recognized in the same month by the U.S. Census Bureau as one of the fastest growing cities and by the SBA, as the Small Business Community of the year, speaks volumes that Ankeny is not only a great place to live but also an excellent place to do business,” said City Manager David Jones. “Our growth is driven by the vision of the Mayor and city council, dedication of our employees and the outstanding residents who call Ankeny home. We expect to see this continue well into the future.”

The chart below shows how Ankeny’s population has grown over the past 29 years:

Year      Population 
1990      18,482 
1994      21,485 
2000      27,117 
2005      36,161 
2010      45,582 
2015      54,598 
2016      58,627
2017      62,389
2018      65,284
2019      67,000

This is the fourth consecutive year that Ankeny has been listed as a fastest growing city by the U.S. Census Bureau.