Iowa Drops from First to 14th in Annual U-S News & World Report State Rankings

According to U-S News & World Report, Iowa is no longer the best state in the nation.

In fact, the magazine has ranked the Hawkeye State 14th best in its 2019 Best States rankIngs, while the state of Washington is now number-one.

According to this year’s survey, Iowa was ranked number-two in the “opportunity” category and gained ground in fiscal stability, now ranked 17th instead of 21st…..but Iowa fell from the top-five positions it had held last year in infrastructure, education, and health-care,  and it also dropped in economy and crime & corrections.

U-S News & World Report senior data editor Deidre McPhillips says while Iowa has low unemployment and a high labor force participation rate, it was ranked 44th in the entrepreneurship/business birthrate sub-category and 39th for tax burden.

In the natural environment category, Iowa ranks 25th or lower in all five of the metrics.  It’s ranked 39th in transportation and broadband, and 21% of its bridges are considered to be in poor condition.

***Following Washington state at the top of the list are New Hampshire, Minnesota, Utah, Vermont, Maryland, Virginia, Massachusetts, Nebraska and Colorado.  Wisconsin is 11th this year, Iowa 14th and North Dakota 15th.