Iowa has been officially ranked as the number 1 state to live in, in 2018. According to U.S. News, Iowa ranks among the best health care, opportunity, education and quality of life. Iowa comes in 3rd with health care, 4th in opportunity, 5th in education and 9th in quality of life. Iowa is also ranked at 17 for our economy. That is calculated based off of labor force participation, labor force employment and gross domestic product growth. Iowa ranks in the top 10 in all of those categories.