Go Iowa!

WalletHub recently ranked the 50 states on 51 livability factors, including housing cost, income growth, education and hospital quality.

If you're looking for one of the best places to live based on those and other factors, you're there! Iowa ranks 8th on the list. Iowa also ranked near the top in other areas. We had the #1 lowest housing cost, 5th highest home ownership rate, and 5th in percentage of insured population.We were closer to "average" at 28th in weekly work hours, and 26th in restaurants per capita.

How did some of our Midwest neighbors do? Minnesota was the 2nd most livable state, Wisconsin 6th, South Dakota 18th, Nebraska 19th, Illinois 21st, and Missouri 33rd.

A couple of areas you don't necessarily want to rank highly in, but we did, are percentage of adults in fair or poor health (12th) and percentage of population in poverty (15th).

You can learn more about the findings of this study here.