See how our state stacks up against the rest of the country. Iowa consistently ranks among the nation’s leaders for top quality of life concerns like low cost of insurance, short commute times and quality education, and has a low cost of doing business. With a comparison tool from the Department of Economic Development you can compare Iowa to any of the 50 states. The site creates a .pdf with charts and graphs to show how Iowa ranks against selected states by ACT scores, most livable state, unemployment rate, median household income and more than 40 other comparisons. For the 50 State Comparison Report, click here.