Iowa is one of the most livable states in the nation and livability in the Mid Iowa Growth Partnership region is second to none.  In today’s economy and global environment livability may be a critical factor in the decision process in order to select a safe, clean and vibrant community. 

  • Iowa is ranked the nation’s 2nd-most livable state based on 43 factors ranging from median household income to crime rate and from sunny days to infant mortality rate.
  • Iowa ranks 9th in the nation for number of state parks, recreational areas and natural areas.
  • Iowa ranks 10th in safest neighborhoods in the U.S.
  • Iowa has the 3rd-highest public high school graduation rate in the U.S.

Source: CQ Press, 2010

Additional Livability Statistics

Crime Rate (US), Iowa – 9th best in the Nation with 2,704.7 crimes per 100,000 people.

Value of Housing, Iowa – 7th best in the Nation with a 74% Homeownership rate. $122,000Median value of a house and $1,229 Monthly median mortgage costs.

Travel Time to Work, Iowa – 7th best in the nation with an 18.5 minute average commute time.

Auto Insurance Premiums – 1st in the nation. Iowans pay the lowest combined average auto insurance premiums of any state in the nation.