Located just north of Des Moines, Johnston is consistently ranked as one of the top suburbs in both Iowa and the country. It is widely recognized as a great place to raise a family, boasting award-winning schools and a relatively low cost of living. Johnston has a strong local economy and is home to Pioneer Hi-Bred Seeds, Iowa Public Television, Camp Dodge of the Iowa National Guard and the Des Moines Weather Forecast office of the National Weather Service. Johnston real estate includes both established neighborhoods and new developments.
Johnston has more than a dozen parks and a 40-mile trail system. Part of the Saylorville Reservoir borders the suburb, which includes the Saylorville Recreation Area boasting 26,000 acres of recreational opportunities. The private Hyperion Field Club is also located in Johnston.
Ankeny is served by the Johnston Community School District. The award-winning district is composed of five elementary schools, two middle schools and a high school. In 2010, the National Teacher of the Year was from the Johnston Community School District.