Ankeny has the 510th largest population in the United States. The population grew by 24.5% from 2010 to 2015, which was faster than the national average. Ankeny is part of the Des Moines metro area. Unemployment in the Des Moines area is 3%, which is lower than the national average, and is getting better. Des Moines has the 61st largest local economy in the US, and a average cost of living. The average pay for jobs in Ankeny is below average at $47,170, and the median cost of a home in Ankeny is $172,700, which is the same as the national average. 45% of workers in Ankeny hold a bachelors degree or higher (above average), and 97% of workers have a high school degree (above average). Driving to work is especially common in Ankeny. 82% of Ankeny workers drive to work alone, 1% take public transit, 9% carpool, and 6% walk. People in Ankeny spend an average of 20 minutes commuting to work, which is shorter than the national average of 26 minutes.