Iowa is the 19th Best State for Business 2014

Previous State: Wyoming Next State: Oklahoma

No. 19 Iowa

Taxations & Regulations

Workforce Quality

Living Environment

Key Metrics
State GDP 

  • % Growth ’12-’13: 2.9
  • % Growth ’11-’12 v. Nat’l Avg. (2.5%): -0.1

Unemployment

  • Unemployment Rate Dec. 2013 %: 4.2
  • Comparison with Nat’l Rate (6.70%): -2.5

Domestic Migration

  • Domestic Net Migration 2013: 671
  • Rank: 20

State Government

  • State Debt per Capita Fiscal Year ’13 ($): 2,657
  • State & Local Gov’t Employees per 10k Residents: 611.2

State-Local Tax Burden

  • Rate (%): 9.6%
  • Compared to Nat’l Avg. (9.9%): -0.28%
Key Companies
  • Principal Financial
  • Rockwell Collins
  • Meredith Corp.
Development Trend Indicator: Positive
Enacts historic across-the-board property-tax cut though job growth lags.


Based on CEO Survey by ChiefExecutive.net

Sources:
Bureau of Economic Analysis
Bureau of Labor Statistics
NewGeography.com
The Tax Foundation

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