Really? Study Says Minnesota Has Second-Best Roads In The Country
There's only one state in the country that has better roads than we do here in Minnesota-- if you believe the results of a new study.
Living here in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, we're used to being ranked near the top of several national lists, right? Our health care, education, and general quality of life are all routinely top-ranked here in the North Star State. Heck, even some of our classic Minnesota food has been named the Best in America.
And now comes word that our roads are some of the best in the country, with Minnesota coming in at #2 on the Consumer Affairs list of the States With The Best Roads in America. I know that sounds a little tough to believe, especially if you've driven on those really rough parts of Highway 52 between Cannon Falls and Rosemount, right?
So how did they come up with these rankings? Consumer Affairs said they looked at how each state ranked in four categories, including:
- Percentage of roads in poor, fair and good condition
- Motor crash fatalities on roads per mile
- Amount spent per mile of road
- Vehicle miles traveled (VMT)
Their results showed the states with the best roads were the states that frequently perform routine maintenance on their streets and have significant infrastructure budgets, the study said. And Minnesota came in rated second-best in the country when looking at those categories, as Consumer Affairs noted:
According to recent data from the Tax Policy Center, Minnesota spends $952 per capita on its highways (the U.S. average is $616) per year. Its International Roughness Index for urban roads is the lowest in the country, coming in at just under 5%.
Only New Hampshire had better roads than we do in Minnesota, having ranked first in the survey. Here are the Top 10 States With The Best Roads:
- New Hampshire
Meanwhile, two of our neighboring states were among those at the bottom of the list. Here are the Top 10 State With The Worst Roads:
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina