IOWA NICE: Teens should reconsider fleeing top ranked state

According to U.S. News and World Reports “Best States” ranking, Iowa was recently earned the number one state based on infrastructure, health care, education and quality of life. Despite this, millennials still seem to want to leave Iowa at the soonest possible moment, without realizing the things Iowa has to offer.

Sure, Iowa may not be the most exciting place to live, with rows of corn lining each major highway and rolling hills that seem to go on forever. However, Iowa has many great things to offer in the terms of education. With three major public universities, each offering a wide array of majors, plus an extensive community college system, students have many higher education opportunities after high school to continue in their career paths.

Iowa is No. 1 in terms of the graduation rate for public high schools and is No. 3 for the graduation rate for four-year public colleges. Those scores helped the state rank No. 5 for education overall.

The next time you think about how small Iowa may seem, think of how the rest of the country views us. No other state has people that smile and wave at you when you are driving. No other state carves butter cows. No other state can be as small, but as mighty as Iowa is.

As one of Raygun’s famous T-shirt slogans goes, “Iowa: 75% vowels, 100% awesome.”

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