Recently, U.S.NEWS published their Best States Overall Ranking for 2018. Iowa was number 1 on the list!
Crime & Corrections
Some states shine in health care. Some soar in education.
Some excel in both – or in much more. The Best States ranking of U.S.
states draws on thousands of data points to measure how well states are
performing for their citizens. In addition to health care and education,
the metrics take into account a state’s economy, the opportunity and
quality of life it offers people, its roads, bridges, internet and other
infrastructure, its public safety and the fiscal stability of state
More weight was accorded to some state measures than
others, based on a survey of what matters most to people. Health care
and education were weighted most heavily. Then came state economies, the
opportunity states offer their citizens and infrastructure. Crime &
corrections followed closely in weighting, followed by measures of
government fiscal stability and people's quality of life. This explains
why Iowa, ranking No. 1 in infrastructure and No. 3 in health care,
occupies the overall No. 1 spot in the Best States rankings. And it
explains why Minnesota, ranking No. 2 in quality of life and No. 3 in
opportunity for its citizens, ranks No. 2 overall in the Best States
|Autumn in the late afternoon|
If their was a ranking for beauty the Iowa bluffs of the Mississippi River would get a very high ranking.
|Spring at dawn|
|View from our refectory|
|Rolling hills up to the river|