Living in Iowa –
2nd Most Livable State
Iowa holds its place as the second most livable state in
the nation, crediting access to healthcare, low government
debt and affordable homes for career-conscious workers among
its strong attributes.
Quitno Press, in its 2003 rankings of “Most Livable
States,” ranks Iowa second next to Minnesota. Iowa
has ranked the second or third most livable state in the
nation for the last six years by Morgan Quitno, the most
respected quality of life ranking of the states. More than
half of the top ten most livable states are in the Midwest.
Morgan Quitno ranks states using 43 statistics reflecting
what most people would consider important to their quality
of life, such as good schools, healthy communities with
a strong economy, safe neighborhoods and career opportunities.
to Morgan Quitno, Iowa has the highest percentage of the
population with health insurance, the lowest per capita
state and local government debt and ranks second in per
capita home ownership. Iowa’s tradition in education
excellence is also reflected in the rankings, which show
that Iowa is fifth in high school graduation rates (82.5%)
and seventh in percent of the population with a high school
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