Iowa has long been proud of its education system and for good reason. Now, students in the Hawkeye state are drawing comparisons to one of the smartest countries in the world.

Homesnacks studied the U.S. Census to pull numbers on each state's high school graduation rate and then stacked them up to the education index for countries all over the world, via the United Nations Development Program. Each state then draws a comparison to their foreign country equivalent. In the case of Iowa, our companion country (education-wise) is China. According to

Each state then draws a comparison to their foreign country equivalent. In the case of Iowa, our companion country (education-wise) is China. According to Insider Monkey, people in China have an average IQ of 100, good for 15th highest in the world. I'd say that's a pretty favorable comparison for Iowa.

Here's a look at all 50 states:

Department of Geography, University of Alabama

Where does Iowa's education system land in the 50 states and District of Columbia? Near the top 10. According to Wallethub, Iowa's "School System Quality Rank" is good for number 12 in the United States.

Iowa schools being compared to those in China certainly isn't a bad thing. However, being outside the top 10 in our own country means we still have work to do. There IS lots of good news for Iowa, though. For instance, Iowa has the nation's lowest dropout rate and the third highest average SAT score. Iowa teachers are some of the best in the land, my sister included. They're working hard with kids every day to make them better and we're

Iowa teachers are some of the best in the land, my sister included. They're working hard with kids every day to make them better and we're a LONG ways from the bottom. Sorry Alaska.

Source: WalletHub

[via Homesnacks, CNBC, and Wallethub]