Courtney Tompkins April 1, 2008Iowa is pretty darn livable 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’s Degree or More 35. Books in Public Libraries Per Capita 36. Per Capita State Art Agencies’ 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 Full report Leave a Reply Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.