I.O.W.A= Idiots Out Wandering Around
3rd in high school graduation rate
23rd in 4th Grade National Assessment of Educational Progress in Reading
28th in 8th Grade National Assessment of Educational Progress in Math
29th in High School grads enrolling for college
36th in obtaining Bachelor's Degrees
42nd in obtaining Graduate or Professional Degrees
26th in the cost of a 4 year degree
27th in overall education index
The top 5 are Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey and New Hampshire.
Seriously, most of the people on here defending the state sound like they're reading right out of a travel brochure.
The good news is crime is low, traffic is low, the state universities are ranked relatively high, pollution is low (except for the chemical runoff from the corn and bean fields.)
Speaking of corn and beans, that really what most of the state is. No mountains, few hills or forests, just corn and beans and dirty little ponds and streams. Lots of hog confinements, too, which you'll smell from miles away.
Most people are polite but really not very engaging. Most Iowans kind of live off in their own little bubble and don't really care about politics or current events. In fact I would say the vast majority of adults here don't read, period.
Some of the 'cities' are ok, (I particularly like Iowa City and Dubuque), but nothing spectacular.
The weather is horrible, hot humid summers with lots of mosquitoes, awful winters.
Maybe not the 'worst' state of the union, but definitely not the best and it's gotta be high in the running for 'most boring.' Of course if you're from NYC or LA and are looking for a change of pace, you'll find it here, for better or worse.
Why? There are a lot of better places you could live.
I was born there.