Rankings 2014

iowa

Education:

20th

Economy:

16th

Safety:

26th

Environment:

34th

Health:

12th

Infrastructure:

5th

Government:

10th

Results Champion?: NO

Iowa’s outcomes are above average in most categories. Its transportation infrastructure and government effectiveness are in the top 10 among states in the US. Iowa has excellent rates of high school graduation, 2-year degree attainment, household income, employment, and income equality. The state also features low rates of uninsured and a high quality of life. Government transparency, open data, and good fiscal outcomes have put Iowa’s government in its’ 10th place position.

The state does have several notable areas of improvement, most important is its overall environmental score (34th in the nation). While the state has excellent high school graduation rates, it has low SAT/ACT scores and few citizens with graduate-level education. Other problems include low levels of venture capital investment and high rates of workplace injury.

Recommendations
Education and environmental outcomes should be improved. Encouraging new forms of employment that require advanced degrees would improve education. Air quality is the lowest measure in Iowa’s environmental factors, and policies that reduce the levels of air pollution should be considered.