Bloomberg ranked the U.S. states and the District of Columbia based on the annual per capita cost of repair and maintenance of roads, drinking water systems and airports from 2013 through 2017.
Annual road estimates are based on annual cost of bringing state-owned roads in poor condition into good repair from 2011 to 2030. Water estimates reflect investments in projects to provide safe drinking water for states eligible for funds to comply with regulations under the Safe Drinking Water Act. Figures provided were totals for 2011 to 2030; they were divided by 20 to get annual amounts for each state. Airport amounts are FAA estimates of development needs for states to qualify for federal funds under the Airport Improvement Program. Figures provided were totals for 2013 to 2017 and were divided by five to derive annual cost. Included in airport numbers were small, medium, large and nonhub airports considered significant to national air transportation. Delaware had no airports that met that criterion; Virginia's figures include Washington National and Dulles airports. Annual infrastructure costs for all three categories were totaled and divided by the state population to derive need per capita.
Bloomberg, Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Aviation Administration, Road Repair Priorities 2014 report published by Smart Growth America and Taxpayers for Common Sense based on data from the Federal Highway Administration, U.S. Census
April 10, 2014