Best & Worst States: What Is Iowa No.1 at?


Iowa- the state in the Midwestern region of the United States.

The capital of the state is Des Moines. The state's capital is also the most populous city and the largest metropolitan area.

Iowa has been listed as one of the safest U.S. states to live in. Iowa has a population of 3,190,369, is the 26th most extensive in total area, and the 31st most populous of the 50 U.S. states.

Best at: Cornfields

Iowa ranks 1st in producing corn.

Iowa also ranks 1st in producing soybeans, hogs, eggs, ethanol, and Dry Distillers Grain Solubles (DDGS)- premium source of protein for livestock. It ranks 4th in beef cattle.

"In 2019, Iowa farmers produced around 2.58 billion bushels of corn for grain and harvested 13.1 million acres according to the U.S. Department of Agricultural Statistics Service." - Iowa Corn

Best at: Opportunity

Iowa ranks 1st in the "Best States for opportunity" top. So, Iowa is the top state for opportunity.

The states were ranked based on how capable are to provide opportunities for all their citizens (economic examination, counting income inequality in each state, the median household income of a state’s residents, and the percentage of households living under the poverty line).

Worst at: Bridges

Iowa has the 17 most bridges in the country, but the most bridges need reparation.

According to the Iowa Department of Transportation, 60% of Iowa's bridges are either in fair or poor condition.

Iowa has 24,184 bridges. Based on inspections done by the Federal Highway Administration, 4,497 of them were rated as poor, and 9,996 were rated as fair.

Just 9,340 bridges are considered to be in good condition.

Worst at: Economy

Iowa ranks 27th in the "Best States for economy" top. Iowa is more close to the end of the top, the economic situation not being the best one.

The states were ranked based on measures ranging from employment, business environment, and growth.

Bonus: crazy facts about Iowa:

  1. Strawberry Point is the home of the world’s largest strawberry. Moreover, in Strawberry Point is Franklin Hotel, which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1999. Strawberry Point is a city in Clayton County, Iowa.
  2. Backbone State Park is Iowa's oldest state park (1919). It is located in the valley of the Maquoketa River.
  3. In Scranton is Iowa’s oldest water tower still in service. The water tower was built in 1897.
  4. Dubuque is Iowa’s oldest city.
  5. Sabula is Iowa's only island city.
  6. Clarion is the only county seat in the exact center of the county.
  7. Burlington’s Snake Alley is the most crooked street in the world.
  8. The Danish Villages of Elk Horn and Kimballton, Iowa is the largest rural Danish settlement in the U.S.
  9. Kate Shelley High Bridge (Boone Viaduct), completed in 1901, is one of the highest and longest double-track railroad bridges in the U.S.
  10. Iowa is the only state whose bordered by the Mississippi River to the east and the Missouri River and Big Sioux River to the west.

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