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Health in Iowa

Iowa State is a great place to live and work, with its low cost of living, strong job market, and vibrant culture. When it comes to health, the state provides excellent resources for residents. There are numerous local hospitals and medical facilities throughout Iowa that provide high quality healthcare services for a wide range of needs. From major medical centers to small rural clinics, locals have access to specialized care for anything from routine check ups to serious illnesses or injuries. The state also offers various mental health initiatives and programs that are designed to promote healthy living through education and awareness. Overall, Iowa State is an excellent place for both current residents and newcomers when it comes to their health and well-being.

The health of a city has many different factors. It can refer to air quality, water quality, risk of getting respiratory disease or cancer. The people you live around can also affect your health as some places have lower or higher rates of physical activity, increased alcohol intake, smoking, obesity, and cancer rates.


There are 172 physicians per 100,000 population in Iowa. The US average is 210 per 100,000 people.


The annual BestPlaces Health Cost Index for the Iowa area is 118.2 (lower=better). The US average is 100.

118.2 / 100

Example: 110 = 10% more expensive than national average.


The annual BestPlaces Water Quality Index for the Iowa area is 62 (100=best). The US average is 55.

62 / 100

Note that this is a measure of Watershed quality, not the water that comes from your faucet. The EPA has stated that a healthy watershed is closely related to drinking water quality. The EPA has a complex method of measuring watershed quality using 15 indicators such as pH, chemicals, metals, and bacteria.


The annual BestPlaces Superfund Index for the Iowa area is 66 (100=best). The US average is 87.

66 / 100

The EPA's Superfund program is responsible for cleaning up some of our nation's most contaminated land. Our index is based on the number of active Superfund sites (over 15,000 in the United States), with particular attention paid to those on the National Priorities List which pose the greatest health danger.

Commuting can effect your health. The average person in Iowa commutes 19.0 minutes one-way, which is shorter than the US average of 26.4 minutes.


The annual BestPlaces Air Quality Index for the Iowa area is 75 (100=best). The US average is 58.

75 / 100

This is based on new measures of hazardous air pollutants from the EPA, called the National Air Toxics Assessment. This analysis models respiratory illness and cancer risk down to the zip code level, providing better detail and insight than the previous analysis based solely on results from air monitoring stations.

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    Reviews for Iowa    21 Reviews
    Don't believe the low cost of living lies - 9/19/2021
    I've lived in Iowa my whole life. Opportunities are okay, but you won't get ahead here if you aren't in a union or employed in a white collar job. Although if you know... Read More

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    FUNDING FOR ALL - 2/23/2019
    Warm Greetings Every One For you to get a genuine and affordable loan offer or any kind of financial assistance you can simply get your loan from CLASSICO... Read More

    The place to be - 2/13/2019
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