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Iowa is the best state, says US News & World Report

Iowa is the best state, says US News & World Report

North Dakota's lowest-ranked category was in crime and corrections, where they ranked twenty-third.

"And even with all of that, I'm sitting here today as the governor of the state of Iowa, and I think it's reflective of the opportunities that exist within our state".

North Dakota took fourth in the study, but ranked No. 1 overall in quality of life and No. 2. overall in infrastructure.

U.S. News and World Report named Iowa No. 1 in its new Best States rankings, noting the state's education and quality of life while also laying out challenges with business climate, workforce and an aging population.

Gov. Kim Reynolds appeared on "CBS This Morning" on Tuesday to make the announcement about the 2018 Best States ranking.

This adds to a list of accomplishments for the state. "And, this report makes us feel good about ourselves and boosts our sense of pride".

Health care and education remain the most highly weighted factors in the methodology, followed closely by the economy. "I look forward to working with the Legislature this session to ensure Minnesota remains a leader in education, economic opportunity, health care, reliable infrastructure, and a high quality of life for all who call our state home".

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In addition to its overall rankings, Minnesota scored in the top three for lowest incarceration rates and food insecurity, and among the top three for highest health insurance enrollment, labor force participation, adult dental visits, and math scores in the nation.

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"This is an area we really are going to be focusing in on over the next few years: both our competitive nature and also having more venture funding and growing that venture system within our state", Durham, a former Siouxland Chamber of Commerce president, told U.S. News.

"What happens if you get so focused on one thing, it shuts that conversation down and that should not be happening right now", Reynolds said after an event in her capitol office.

ABI and the community colleges have many common priorities, he said, including the skilled workforce needed to grow business and Iowa's economy, "which lifts the wealth of Iowa families".


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