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Minnesota ranked 3rd-best state to live in; Iowa drops from 1st to 13th

Minnesota and Iowa each lauded for its opportunity.

Posted: May 14, 2019 11:32 PM
Updated: May 15, 2019 10:10 AM

ROCHESTER, Minn. - Healthcare, education and transportation are all factors U.S. News and World Report considered when ranking Minnesota the third-best state to live in. Iowa, ranked No. 1 last year, dropped to 13th.

Minnesota ranked 10th for healthcare, 17th for education, 18th for the economy, 6th for infrastructure, 3rd for opportunity, 25th for fiscal stability, 16th for crime and corrections and third for natural environment.

Iowa ranked 20th for healthcare, 9th for education, 32nd for the economy, 23rd for infrastructure, 2nd for opportunity, 17th for fiscal stability, 19th for crime and corrections and 32nd for natural environment.

Washington was ranked 1st, and Louisiana was last.

You can see the full list here. 

The Minnesota faithful think it makes perfect sense to be ranked so high.

"We have an incredible education system," Becki Erickson said. "We have incredible teachers. We have incredible support. We have an incredible school board."

Tyler Bucknell agrees.

"It's a great place to live," Bucknell said. "Lot of opportunities for your career. People are just outstanding here."

Marry Hoppe loves nature.

"We have so many lakes and trails, things like that," Mary Hoppe said. "We have great food, we have great beer."

Still, there are Minnesotans willing to point out areas for improvement.

"I think that Minnesota can have a lot of room for improvement," Alicia Jones said. "I think that the education system is a joke. They need to focus more on what they are teaching for education."

She has concerns about what her daughter learns at school.

"My daughter had a substance abuse class at school that was about vaping and not about the health concerns but she should wait until she is 21 to vape," Jones said. "Not about drugs, not about alcohol."

A recurring theme in the unscientific interviews we did - what makes Minnesota special is the people.

"I think generally Minnesota nice is a reality," Hoppe said.

Bucknell agrees.

"I've done my fair share of traveling, I can say this is a good place to settle down," Bucknell said.

Minnesota Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 20573

Reported Deaths: 878
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Hennepin6918534
Ramsey231697
Stearns192312
Nobles14572
Anoka116455
Dakota105935
Olmsted55110
Washington50626
Kandiyohi4541
Clay36623
Rice3652
Scott3462
Wright2401
Sherburne2081
Todd1970
Benton1662
Carver1612
Mower1501
Steele1400
Martin1245
Blue Earth1121
St. Louis11113
Pine850
Freeborn840
Winona7715
Carlton730
Nicollet683
Cottonwood620
Polk582
Otter Tail550
Itasca527
Goodhue522
Watonwan500
Chisago481
Dodge430
Meeker420
Crow Wing421
Le Sueur411
Chippewa400
Jackson390
Morrison380
Murray350
Becker320
Lyon310
Douglas290
McLeod260
Isanti250
Waseca240
Rock210
Unassigned199
Fillmore171
Mille Lacs161
Wabasha160
Swift150
Sibley120
Beltrami120
Wilkin113
Norman110
Kanabec111
Cass113
Faribault110
Brown112
Pipestone100
Marshall80
Pennington70
Pope70
Aitkin60
Wadena60
Yellow Medicine50
Koochiching50
Lincoln50
Mahnomen51
Renville50
Lac qui Parle30
Red Lake30
Big Stone30
Redwood30
Traverse30
Grant20
Houston20
Clearwater20
Hubbard10
Kittson10
Lake10
Roseau10

Iowa Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 17227

Reported Deaths: 456
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Polk3714108
Woodbury255524
Black Hawk167639
Linn92775
Marshall86611
Dallas84914
Johnson5987
Muscatine54339
Wapello5004
Crawford4772
Tama39023
Louisa3347
Scott3319
Dubuque31916
Jasper25616
Buena Vista2310
Pottawattamie2106
Sioux1990
Washington1798
Allamakee1184
Wright1170
Plymouth1080
Warren1060
Story941
Poweshiek888
Bremer676
Henry611
Clinton601
Boone540
Des Moines531
Mahaska526
Cedar451
Guthrie433
Taylor370
Benton371
Jones360
Monroe334
Iowa320
Clarke320
Osceola320
Shelby310
Buchanan310
Clayton303
Marion290
Webster271
Fayette260
Hamilton260
Madison241
Monona230
Cerro Gordo221
Lee220
Winneshiek210
Davis200
Lyon190
Grundy190
Harrison190
Floyd181
Jefferson150
Cherokee150
Butler150
Mills140
Delaware140
Humboldt130
Sac130
Greene130
Keokuk130
Hardin130
Howard120
Hancock120
Appanoose123
Audubon111
Jackson110
Cass110
Ida100
Page100
Clay100
Winnebago100
Carroll90
Van Buren80
Franklin80
Dickinson80
Adair80
Chickasaw80
Kossuth70
Emmet70
Lucas60
Montgomery60
Union60
Adams50
Ringgold40
Fremont40
Pocahontas40
Mitchell40
Palo Alto30
Worth30
Unassigned30
Calhoun20
Wayne10
Decatur00
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