Iowa ranked No. 6 best state by U.S. News & World Report

2 Mar 2017


Top-10 rankings in health care, education, opportunity and government led U.S. News & World Report to rank Iowa the No. 6 best state in the country.

Iowa is No. 5 in healthcare, No. 6 in opportunity, No. 8 in education and No. 10 in government, according to the rankings.

Iowa's healthcare rating was boosted by being the top-ranked state in health care affordability and No. 5 in health insurance enrollment.

Affordability contributed to the state's high opportunity ranking. Iowa is No. 3 in housing affordability and No. 12 in cost of living. Iowa also is No. 6 in low food insecurity and No. 6 in the Gini Index, a measure of wealth distribution.

In education, Iowa has the nation's best high school graduation rate and is No. 3 in four-year college graduation rate.

A No. 1 government credit rating and No. 10 ranking on budget transparency contributed to Iowa's No. 10 government ranking 

Opportunities in the Iowa Lakes Corridor

What makes Iowa great is what makes the Iowa Lakes Corridor region great. Corridor communities are home to top-notch:

The Corridor is also hoping to see the state's entrepreneurship ranking (No. 47) improve.

In fact, providing resources and training to entrepreneurs has been a Corridor priority for years. Our Senior VP, Brian Dalziel, is more than happy to help you turn your startup idea into a business or help your existing business explore new products, services and other ventures.

Contact Brian at 712-264-3474 or send him an email.

Full state rankings

Here's the full U.S. News & World Report rankings