Ankeny is a city in Polk County, Iowa. It is part of the Des Moines–West Des Moines Metropolitan Statistical Area, and its population at the 2010 census was 45,562. This is a significant increase from the figure of 27,117 in 2000.
Major employers in Ankeny include the Ankeny Community School District, Des Moines Area Community College, Deere & Company's Des Moines Works, Perishable Distributors of Iowa, Tone's Spices, Casey's General Stores, the City of Ankeny, SYSCO Food Services of Iowa, Praxair, and Mrs. Clark's Foods.
In 2008, Ankeny was recognized as one of the top ten towns for families by Family Circle. The city has received many such citations.