It’s nice to be on top, it’s even harder to stay there. Iowa is finding that out, as the new U.S. News & World Report’s ranking show Iowa is no longer number one as the best State in which to live, as it was in 2018. As a matter of fact, Iowa doesn’t even make the top ten for 2019.
Iowa has dropped to 14th in the magazines’ rankings.
Iowa receives high marks in the overall categories of opportunity (2nd) and education (9th). It’s considered the best state for affordability of opportunity and fourth-best for both access to health care and energy infrastructure. The state ranks near the bottom in internet access and transportation (both 39th), air/water quality (41st), and business environment (44th).
Washington is the new number one Best State to live in.