- Waterloo ranks 13th best in the nation in Forbes April 2010 "Best Small Places for Business and Careers"
- Iowa ranks 4th best in the nation and #1 for low costs of doing business announced by CNBC's 2009 "Top States for Business"
- In 2008, Iowa had the 8th fastest growing economy in the nation as announced by The Bureau of Economic Analysis
- February 2010 - The state of Iowa ranked 2nd in the nation on the Happiness Index as announed by Mainstreet.com
- March 2009 - the state of Iowa was recognized as the 4th healthiest state in the nation as announced in Health Care State Ranknings 2009