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This year, US News and World Report ranked Iowa the #1 State in the country.

They are just good at a lot of things.
US News and World Report

This ranking is a reflection of our people, our work ethics, and our values. There’s no better place to live, work, and raise a family than Iowa.

Here’s how Iowa stacks up to other states…. 

US News and World Report Rankings1

1st - Infrastructure
1st - High School Graduation Rate
3rd - Health Care
3rd - 4-year College Graduation Rate
4th - Opportunity
5th - Education
6th - GDP Growth
8th - Mental Health
9th - Quality of Life

Other 3rd party validators are saying the exact same thing.

  • Since 2011, Iowa has put $765 million in new money into K-12 education.2

  • An independent study confirmed that only 3 other states in the country have invested in K-12 education at a faster rate than Iowa.3

  • #1 in students taking college-level classes in high school.4

  • Teacher salaries top 10 in nation.5

  • Reading proficiency is on the rise.6

  • #1 State For Middle Class Families.7

  • 3rd Best Managed State.8

  • Record Low Unemployment Rate – 2.6%9

  • Rising Incomes10

Since 2011, we put $765 million in new money into K-12 education.2

An independent study confirmed that only 3 other states in the country have invested in K-12 education at a faster rate than Iowa.3 

#1 in students taking college-level classes in high school.4 

Teacher salaries top 10 in nation.5

Reading proficiency is on the rise.6

#1 State For Middle Class Families7

3rd Best Managed State8

Record Low Unemployment Rate – 2.6%9

Rising Incomes10

Governor Kim Reynolds is just getting started! Help us Keep Iowa Moving!

1. “Best States Rankings”, U.S. News & World Report, 2/27/2018, 2. (Iowa Department of Education), 3. (“Iowa bucking trend in K-12 school funding,”Cedar Rapids Gazette, 11-28-18), 4. (Gov. Reynolds praises new dual enrollment numbers, Office of the Governor, 1/25/2018), 5. (Iowa teachers rank in top 10 for pay”, KCRG, 3/27/2018), 6. (“Reading proficiency among K-3 students increasing”, Radio Iowa, 9/5/18), 7. (Iowa is top in US for middle class families, according to website study”, Daily Nonpareil, 12/26/2017), 8. (The Best- and Worst-Run States in America: A Survey of All 50”, 24/7 Wall St., 12/6/2017), 9.  (“Unemployment hits record low in Iowa, stays steady in Illinois”, Associated Press, 12/22/2017), 10. (“Iowa incomes up, according to census data”, Waterloo Courier, 9/13/18)