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Iowa No Longer ‘Best State,’ Drops More Than a Dozen in New Ranking
Iowa -- When you are at the top, there is nowhere to go but down. Iowa fell from first place to 14th overall in the annual ranking of states from U.S. News & World Report. Iowa did rank well in quite a few categories. Iowa ranks second in opportunity, thanks in large part to affordability. Iowa also ranks within the top ten for education. But it took a big step backwards in terms of healthcare, infrastructure and natural environment.