County Rankings
Iowa
County
Overall Prosperity
Inclusive Societies
Safety and Security
Personal Freedom
Social Capital
Open Economies
Business Environment
Infrastructure
Economic Quality
Empowered People
Living Conditions
Health
Education
Natural Environment
Bremer1713950984534311456
Sioux281021244019821522930
Story362693416201053615136
Dallas47074548525804221279
Winneshiek5354129162036461029349
Shelby6236433877419141512493
Butler7115339295638263532553253
Marion8404522189491441920351156
Carroll92328283410935213336185450
Johnson10537562151868511958342
Clayton1144372924252253627356915
Boone1227341622317531292141402313
Dickinson134651381049265842767831
Madison14202324326768419881315132
Humboldt1521177578515564231746221533
Dubuque1686861254388131610571057
Poweshiek17757635371145415124434723
Guthrie18324544701086723656144744
Winnebago1915136973482332873066483122
Benton201922472157618392030432412
Lyon212830632055338531816214611
Clay226667447016222537131920264
Hancock2349526717237039142259101463
Warren24788196944721686651761
Kossuth252927516521660204555544567
O Brien2636405533351366162554162949
Mitchell2711156828433928735842258562
Chickasaw2825296212275248115747327665
Plymouth2954562335633089179392719
Iowa30121943747836366793312182
Howard3132317825463234744043377815
Linn32909274723138344421688
Cedar33172134983826981237114871
Hamilton3439385250452740683828295166
Polk359291193111954224472286
Grundy36431286979190519110861818
Worth37668742699419897021875284
Sac38777352948896122845513726
Wright394137586226415077270288177
Cherokee4037326581504762274367494447
Taylor4114149440828490244174454229
Cerro Gordo42858515517144355431603883
Cass4361605743281527625152705952
Harrison4418165468795393345034855543
Davis45557919658149778868779838
Audubon4630209686626277316387585820
Calhoun4724257446736056935298391732
Fayette4857533163362429636964716961
Hardin4960614149392843486562645675
Delaware5064653931423855254933234085
Washington513457261645742975676387124
Allamakee5216185636185011699486616696
Mahaska5384842571337923412639336210
Franklin5438367155585965406838897445
Jones555159605596937834480274141
Page567271494525581851667984637
Adams571089856849870367472199376
Keokuk5826247059807184496084365735
Floyd5956544653172136228596687074
Clarke6052477672347320508071728769
Ida6133359113961797392711592573
Adair624444886774568884626636555
Tama6368644084527745524865696714
Buena Vista6477793260414359184717268670
Ringgold652226974988595962450244317
Osceola665850956787939422925303460
Greene6745438066783187575553833664
Buchanan6848492761898961713748463351
Montgomery698278727719461564736096898
Crawford7013114280665471549099659646
Henry7163623075857873823127503554
Jackson7269723323613475465351786828
Jefferson7383833674811281941558131227
Palo Alto7455558126742992326182532872
Union7547466164534447678989937280
Pocahontas7631339214909278387883668834
Decatur7759588427609617758797926148
Clinton7889891391133712458237805389
Mills7981824838764272843969411968
Monona8065708230754888447577758337
Jasper8187871185688626993218673059
Van Buren82998915998799567681819016
Black Hawk83999610998162705963523981
Muscatine8480771494566767288112627590
Monroe8567638579719552478314825094
Scott8696994812117907923912093
Wayne8742429311889753769285999525
Marshall8891901789326533308435739758
Emmet8976737782929179596478447921
Lucas9073668376939976657775888439
Woodbury91888829514409589894796499
Fremont9274689083976498667140866078
Appanoose9379805958958091798691957740
Louisa9450486657867680789929749998
Webster9597971988376324609390769487
Lee9694949990305121559688978095
Des Moines9798981896223530339592907391
Pottawattamie989393892726657929149948292
Wapello9995952087547444619757989297
Column Definitions
Safety and Security

The Safety & Security pillar measures the degree to which mass killings and injuries, violent crime, and property crime destabilize the security of individuals, both immediately and through longer lasting effects.

Personal Freedom

The Personal Freedom pillar measures progress towards basic legal rights, individual liberties, and social tolerance.

Governance

The Governance pillar measures the extent to which there are checks and restraints on power and whether government operates effectively and without corruption.

Social Capital

The Social Capital pillar measures the strength of personal and social relationships, institutional trust, social networks, and civic participation.

Business Environment

The Business Environment pillar measures the entrepreneurial environment, business infrastructure, access to credit, labor market flexibility, and price distortions for goods and services.

Infrastructure

The Infrastructure pillar measures the quality of the infrastructure that facilities trade – from telecommunications and transport to the availability and reliability of resources.

Economic Quality

The Economic Quality pillar measures how well the economy is equipped to generate wealth sustainably and with the full engagement of its workforce.

Living Conditions

The Living Conditions pillar measures the degree to which a reasonable quality of life is experienced by all, including material resources, shelter, basic services, and connectivity.

Health

The Health pillar measures the health of the population, their illness and risk factors, and access to the services to maintain good health, including health systems, as well as health outcomes including mortality rates.

Education

The Education pillar measures the access to, and quality of, the four stages of education (pre-primary, primary, secondary, and tertiary), as well as the education level of the adult population.

Natural Environment

The Natural Environment pillar measures the aspects of the physical environment that have an immediate impact on people in their daily lives and also those that impact the prosperity of future generations.

How to use this table

The rankings tables show how 50 states and Washington D.C. plus 1,196 counties in 12 selected states compare across the different domains, pillars, elements, and indicators of the American Dream Prosperity Index. (Please note, element and indicator rankings are only displayed for the state level Index but are available for counties in the county profile datasheets available to download.)

We endeavor to create an Index that is methodologically sound, so have consulted a working group of academics and experts with knowledge spanning all of the metrics in the Index to determine the best way to measure prosperity across the U.S.

Our methodology is based on the concept of three domains, capturing institutional, economic, and social wellbeing, that are equally essential to prosperity. These domains are measured through 11 pillars, built upon 48 actionable policy areas (elements), and underpinned by over 200 indicators. For details of how each pillar, element, and indicator is currently weighted in the Index, you can download a copy of our full methodology report in the Downloads section of the site, along with the full 2021 dataset.

However, we know that different people may have different views on how important each metric is to a state or county's prosperity. So, we have created a Weightings tool that allows you to assign different weights - that is, different levels of importance - to the pillars, elements, and indicators.

If you click on the 'Adjust Weightings' button, you can choose to assign each metric in the current ranking table a value from x0 to x2 of the default ADPI weighting. The tool will then re-calculate the rankings based on your preferences. [Please note that the weighting function is intended to provide only an indicative understanding of how changing the weights can affect the rankings. For more information, please don't hesitate to contact us.]

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Natural Environment
Weighting

This tool allows you to up- or down-weight individual metrics depending on what is important to you. Once you have made your selection, click the X in the top right corner or back onto the main page, and the table will update to provide an indication of the impact that change would have on a state or county's rank. The default ADPI setting weights all metrics as per our Index methodology (available to read in full in the Downloads section). Please note the resultant rankings are indicative only. For more details, please click on the 'How to use this table' button.

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The Governance pillar is not included in the table above as there is no county variation in Governance, all counties have been given the state score value.

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