Iowa is the #1 state in the country, according to a new study from U.S. News & World Report. Gov. Kim Reynolds appeared on CBS This Morning on Tuesday to make the statement about the 2018 Best States ranking.
“Our Best States standing is a tribute tribute to our people who have proven time and again that in Iowa, if you’re willing to work hard, you can accomplish anything,” Gov. Reynolds said. “My top priority as governor is to build on our current success by bringing new opportunities and resources to every corner of our nation. Every Iowan contributes to the achievement of the community and our nation, and we observe this honor knowing that our work to construct a better Iowa will never be finished.”
U.S. News & World Report is the worldwide authority in rankings and evaluated all 50 states across 77 metrics with thousands of data points in eight categories: health care, education, economy, opportunity, infrastructure, crime & corrections, fiscal stability and quality of life. Health care and education are the factors in the methodology, followed by the market.
Nebraska ranked #7 and South Dakota ranked #14.
Health care: Iowa ranks #3 in health care, up two spots from 2017
• #2 for health care affordability
• #1 for child health visits
• #2 for infant mortality rate that is low
• #3 to Medicare quality
• #5 for insurance registration
• #5 for health care access
• #9 for health care quality
Education: Iowa ranks #5 in schooling, up three spots from 2017
• #1 high school graduation rate
• #3 for four-year graduation rates for four-year public colleges
Economy: Iowa ranks No. 17 in market, up 13 spots from 2017
• #10 for labor force participation
• #6 for unemployment & GDP growth
Opportunity: Iowa ranks No. 4 in opportunity, up two spots from 2017
• #3 in affordability
Infrastructure: Iowa ranks No. 1 in infrastructure, up 15 spots from 2017
• #1 for ultra-fast internet access
Quality of life (new class for 2018)
• #10 in surroundings
• #18 in natural surroundings
Iowa ranked #6 in the 2017 States ranking.