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Time to #IowaBrag!

January 1, 0001

Time to #IowaBrag!

Everyone is home for the holidays, so lay on the #Iowa Brag-ing! Check out the list below to see rankings the state of Iowa and Iowa communities received from national media in 2016. Did we miss one? Let us know on Twitter @BusinessIowa or email us at social@iowa.gov.

State of Iowa

#2 lowest cost of doing business – CNBC

#3 most kid-friendly state – Annie E. Casey Foundation

#4 best state for young people – MoneyRates.com

#6 best workforce quality – Chief Executive

#7 happiest state – WalletHub

#8 most economic development projects per capita in 2015 – Site Selection

#9 best state for business – CNBC

#9 best quality of life – CNBC

#10 in Prosperity Cup – Site Selection

Ames

#3 best college town in America – BusinessInsider

#8 best city for career opportunities – SmartAsset

Burlington

#1 new economic development projects per capita in Mississippi River corridor in 2016 – Site Selection

Cedar Rapids

#5 best city in America for young adults to get rich – Money Under 30

#6 best city for tech workers – SmartAsset

#7 best city for making a living – MoneyGeek

Decorah

#2 greatest Midwest town – Midwest Living Magazine

#10 best college town in America – Business Insider

Des Moines

#1 best city for middle class — Business Insider

#2 most affordable place to live – U.S. News and World Report

#4 best city for young families – ValuePenguin

#4 best city in America for young adults to get rich – Money Under 30

#4 best mid-sized city to make a living – MoneyGeek

#7 hippest mid-size city in America – Trip.com

#10 best city to live and work – Robert Half

#11 best place to live in the U.S. – U.S. News and World Report

Dubuque

#1 most upwardly mobile city – Forbes

Grimes

#4 happiest small town in America – Zippia

Polk County

#5 best place where millennials are buying houses – Fortune

Iowa City

#2 least-stressed city in the U.S. – SmartAsset

#4 best city for working women – Fiscal Times

#5 healthiest city in America – 24/7 Wall Street

#9 best place to live in America – Livability.com

Age-friendly city – New York Times

Sioux City

#1 most economic development projects per capita (metros of less than 200,000) – Site Selection

#2 Top 20 Cities – “Year-Over-Year Growth” – Area Development

Quad Cities

#8 new economic development projects per capita in Mississippi River corridor in 2016 – Site Selection

West Des Moines

#3 top cities for retirement – Bankrate.com

 

 

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