Iowa is pretty darn livable

April 1, 2008 —

According to Congressional Quarterly, Iowa is the fifth most livable state in the country. They make these designations based on quality-of-life indicators such as low crime and poverty, high income and education rates.

This ranking is based on the following factors, applied to all states:

Negative Factors¬
1. Percent Change in Number of Crimes: 2005 to 2006
2. Crime Rate¬
3. State Prisoner Incarceration Rate¬
4. Personal Bankruptcy Rate¬
5. Estimated Pupil-Teacher Ratio in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools
6. Rate of Public Libraries and Branches¬
7. Unemployment Rate¬
8. Percent of Nonfarm Employees in Government¬
9. Average Monthly Electric Bill for Residential Customers¬
10. Hazardous Waste Sites on the National Priority List per 10,000 Square Miles¬
11. State and Local Taxes as a Percent of Personal Income¬
12. Per Capita State and Local Government Debt Outstanding¬
13. Percent of Population Not Covered by Health Insurance¬
14. Births of Low Birthweight as a Percent of All Births¬
15. Teenage Birth Rate¬
16. Infant Mortality Rate¬
17. Age-Adjusted Death Rate by Suicide¬
18. Population per Square Mile¬
19. Poverty Rate¬
20. Percent of Female-Headed Families with Children Living in Poverty¬
21. State and Local Government Spending for Welfare Programs as a Percent of All Spending¬
22. Percent of Households Receiving Food Stamps¬
23. Deficient Bridges as a Percent of Total Bridges¬
24. Highway Fatality Rate¬
25. Fatalities in Alcohol-Related Crashes as a Percent of All Highway Fatalities 

Positive Factors¬
26. Per Capita Gross Domestic Product¬
27. Percent Change in Per Capita Gross Domestic Product: 2002 to 2006 (Adjusted to Constant 2000 Dollars)¬
28. Per Capita Personal Income¬
29. Change in Per Capita Personal Income: 2005 to 2006¬
30. Median Household Income¬
31. Estimated Public High School Graduation Rate¬
32. Percent of Population Graduated from High School¬
33. Expenditures for Education as a Percent of All State and Local Government Expenditures¬
34. Percent of Population With a Bachelor‚Äôs Degree or More¬
35. Books in Public Libraries Per Capita¬
36. Per Capita State Art Agencies‚Äô Legislative Appropriations¬
37. Average Weekly Earnings of Production Workers on Manufacturing Payrolls¬
38. Job Growth: 2006 to 2007¬
39. Normal Daily Mean Temperature¬
40. Percent of Days That Are Sunny¬
41. Homeownership Rate¬
42. Domestic Migration of Population: 2005 to 2006¬
43 Marriage Rate¬
44. Percent of Eligible Population Reported Voting 

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