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U.S. News & World Report Names Iowa #6 Best State


This news story was published on February 28, 2017.
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DES MOINES –Today, U.S. News & World Report released their 2017 “Best States” ranking and ranked Iowa as the 6th “Best State” in the country.  “Best States” is a unique rankings and news analysis platform designed to inform citizens, business leaders and policymakers alike about what’s working and what needs improvement across the country.

The site includes rankings that measure the 50 states overall and across seven different categories: education, health care, government, infrastructure, economy, opportunity and crime & corrections. The rankings are derived from 68 metrics and tens of thousands of data points.

Among a few highlights, Iowa ranked:

  • No. 1 for health care affordability
  • No. 1 for high school graduation rate
  • No. 1 for power grid reliability
  • No. 6 for opportunity
  • No. 7 for labor force participation

The rankings are provided by McKinsey & Company’s Leading States Index. In calculating the rankings, categories were weighted based on a national “citizen experience” survey, conducted by McKinsey, that asked people to prioritize each subject in their state and provide their levels of satisfaction with government services. More information about the methodology can be found here.

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5 Responses to U.S. News & World Report Names Iowa #6 Best State

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    RYAN MCLAUGHLIN Reply Report comment

    March 1, 2017 at 10:35 am

    Term limits please. Terry Braindead is holding us back from #1

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 1, 2017 at 10:03 am

    Other states must really suck.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      March 1, 2017 at 1:00 pm

      Yes they do because they are run by Democrats.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 1, 2017 at 8:01 am

    It is where it is due to having a Great Republican Governor.

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    anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 28, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    I bet it moves up 5 spots shortly after Branstad leaves for China.