Categories News

Which States Have The Worst (And Best) Road Quality?

A report by Consumer Affairs rounded up the roughest rides that’ll have you gripping the wheel or handlebars for dear life. Forget off-roading – these beaten paths will make you wish you invested in a tank instead of that sweet set of wheels. If you think your state has the worst roads, you are about to find out.

Below are the states in order of worst roads to best roads based on three factors: car accident fatalities, road surfaces, and road improvement spending.

1. Rhode Island

providence rhode island street view
Kenneth Zirkel / Wikipedia
  • Fatalities per 100 million miles driven: .98
  • Percentage of rural roads rated poor: 17%
  • Percentage of urban roads rated poor: 41%
  • Yearly road improvement spend: $537 million

2. Hawaii

honoka hawaii
WIkipedia
  • Fatalities per 100 million miles driven: .97
  • Percentage of rural roads rated poor: 17%
  • Percentage of urban roads rated poor: 26%
  • Yearly road improvement spend: $560 million

3. California

rodeo drive in california
Wikipedia
  • Fatalities per 100 million miles driven: 1.28
  • Percentage of rural roads rated poor: 5%
  • Percentage of urban roads rated poor: 44%
  • Yearly road improvement spend: $14.980 billion

4. Louisiana

bourbon street in louisiana
Wikipedia
  • Fatalities per 100 million miles driven: 1.71
  • Percentage of rural roads rated poor: 7%
  • Percentage of urban roads rated poor: 25%
  • Yearly road improvement spend: $1.552 billion

5. Wisconsin

platteville wisconsin street
Wikipedia
  • Fatalities per 100 million miles driven: 1.07
  • Percentage of rural roads rated poor: 6%
  • Percentage of urban roads rated poor: 28%
  • Yearly road improvement spend: $3.926 billion

6. New York

bond street in new york
Wikipedia
  • Fatalities per 100 million miles driven: 1.02
  • Percentage of rural roads rated poor: 4%
  • Percentage of urban roads rated poor: 30%
  • Yearly road improvement spend: $12.178 billion

7. Massachusetts

medford massachusetts street
Wikipedia
  • Fatalities per 100 million miles driven: .63
  • Percentage of rural roads rated poor: 7%
  • Percentage of urban roads rated poor: 31%
  • Yearly road improvement spend: $3.329 billion

8. Nebraska

omaha nebraska street
Wikipedia
  • Fatalities per 100 million miles driven: 1.2
  • Percentage of rural roads rated poor: 4%
  • Percentage of urban roads rated poor: 34%
  • Yearly road improvement spend: $1.653 billion

9. Arkansas

little rock arkansas street
Wikipedia
  • Fatalities per 100 million miles driven: 1.88
  • Percentage of rural roads rated poor: 6%
  • Percentage of urban roads rated poor: 15%
  • Yearly road improvement spend: $1.732 billion

10. Illinois

rockford illinois street
Wikipedia
  • Fatalities per 100 million miles driven: 1.27
  • Percentage of rural roads rated poor: 6%
  • Percentage of urban roads rated poor: 21%
  • Yearly road improvement spend: $6.165 billion

11. New Jersey

west ny nj street
Wikipedia
  • Fatalities per 100 million miles driven: .88
  • Percentage of rural roads rated poor: 5%
  • Percentage of urban roads rated poor: 27%
  • Yearly road improvement spend: $5.168 billion

12. Washington

pike street in washington state
Wikipedia
  • Fatalities per 100 million miles driven: 1.04
  • Percentage of rural roads rated poor: 5%
  • Percentage of urban roads rated poor: 23%
  • Yearly road improvement spend: $5.085 billion

13. New Mexico

roswell new mexico street
Wikipedia
  • Fatalities per 100 million miles driven: 1.68
  • Percentage of rural roads rated poor: 4%
  • Percentage of urban roads rated poor: 14%
  • Yearly road improvement spend: $783 million

14. Colorado

golden colorado street
Wikipedia
  • Fatalities per 100 million miles driven: 1.28
  • Percentage of rural roads rated poor: 5%
  • Percentage of urban roads rated poor: 18%
  • Yearly road improvement spend: $3.405 billion

15. West Virginia

ravenswood west virginia street
Wikipedia
  • Fatalities per 100 million miles driven: 1.67
  • Percentage of rural roads rated poor: 7%
  • Percentage of urban roads rated poor: 12%
  • Yearly road improvement spend: $1.432 billion

16. Iowa

marshalltown iowa street
Wikipedia
  • Fatalities per 100 million miles driven: 1.13
  • Percentage of rural roads rated poor: 6%
  • Percentage of urban roads rated poor: 20%
  • Yearly road improvement spend: $2.678 billion

17. Texas

lubbock texas street
Wikipedia
  • Fatalities per 100 million miles driven: 1.49
  • Percentage of rural roads rated poor: 2%
  • Percentage of urban roads rated poor: 19%
  • Yearly road improvement spend: $17.303 billion

18. Pennsylvania

market street in philadelphia pennsylvania
Wikipedia
ottawa kansas street
Wikipedia
  • Fatalities per 100 million miles driven: 1.28
  • Percentage of rural roads rated poor: 3%
  • Percentage of urban roads rated poor: 21%
  • Yearly road improvement spend: $14.545 billion

19. Mississippi

street in saltillo mississipi
Wikipedia
  • Fatalities per 100 million miles driven: 1.21
  • Percentage of rural roads rated poor: 3%
  • Percentage of urban roads rated poor: 15%
  • Yearly road improvement spend: $1.384 billion

20. Alaska

fourth avenue in anchorage alaska
Wikipedia
  • Fatalities per 100 million miles driven: 1.21
  • Percentage of rural roads rated poor: 16%
  • Percentage of urban roads rated poor: 9%
  • Yearly road improvement spend: $1.316 billion

21. Michigan

calumet michigan street
Wikipedia
  • Fatalities per 100 million miles driven: 1.25
  • Percentage of rural roads rated poor: 3%
  • Percentage of urban roads rated poor: 25%
  • Yearly road improvement spend: $5.379 billion

22. Arizona

streets of glendale arizona
Wikipedia
  • Fatalities per 100 million miles driven: 1.6
  • Percentage of rural roads rated poor: 5%
  • Percentage of urban roads rated poor: 12%
  • Yearly road improvement spend: $2.7534 billion

23. Oklahoma

commerce oklahoma streets
Wikipedia
  • Fatalities per 100 million miles driven: 1.55
  • Percentage of rural roads rated poor: 6%
  • Percentage of urban roads rated poor: 11%
  • Yearly road improvement spend: $2.704 billion

24. Montana

cedar street in helena montant
Wikipedia
  • Fatalities per 100 million miles driven: 1.76
  • Percentage of rural roads rated poor: 2%
  • Percentage of urban roads rated poor: 12%
  • Yearly road improvement spend: $1.038 billion

25. South Dakota

brooking south dakota streets
Wikipedia
  • Fatalities per 100 million miles driven: 1.45
  • Percentage of rural roads rated poor: 3%
  • Percentage of urban roads rated poor: 15%
  • Yearly road improvement spend: $715 million

26. Oregon

street in baker city oregon
Wikipedia
  • Fatalities per 100 million miles driven: 1.57
  • Percentage of rural roads rated poor: 2%
  • Percentage of urban roads rated poor: 15%
  • Yearly road improvement spend: $2.157 billion

27. South Carolina

rock hill south carolina streets
Wikipedia
  • Fatalities per 100 million miles driven: 1.97
  • Percentage of rural roads rated poor: 3%
  • Percentage of urban roads rated poor: 11%
  • Yearly road improvement spend: $2.884 billion

28. Connecticut

west hartford connecticut streets
Wikipedia
  • Fatalities per 100 million miles driven: .98
  • Percentage of rural roads rated poor: 4%
  • Percentage of urban roads rated poor: 14%
  • Yearly road improvement spend: $2.119 billion

29. Virginia

street in broadway virginia
Wikipedia
  • Fatalities per 100 million miles driven: 1.12
  • Percentage of rural roads rated poor: 2%
  • Percentage of urban roads rated poor: 13%
  • Yearly road improvement spend: $4.532 billion

30. Ohio

columbus ohio streets
Wikipedia
  • Fatalities per 100 million miles driven: 1.19
  • Percentage of rural roads rated poor: 2%
  • Percentage of urban roads rated poor: 16%
  • Yearly road improvement spend: $4.943 billion

31. Delaware

street in milford delaware
Wikipedia
  • Fatalities per 100 million miles driven: 1.39
  • Percentage of rural roads rated poor: 2%
  • Percentage of urban roads rated poor: 10%
  • Yearly road improvement spend: $1.068 billion

32. Maryland

streets in towson maryland
Wikipedia
  • Fatalities per 100 million miles driven: 1.11
  • Percentage of rural roads rated poor: 3%
  • Percentage of urban roads rated poor: 20%
  • Yearly road improvement spend: $2.977 billion

33. Maine

belfast maine street
Wikipedia
  • Fatalities per 100 million miles driven: 1.25
  • Percentage of rural roads rated poor: 6%
  • Percentage of urban roads rated poor: 13%
  • Yearly road improvement spend: $1.228 billion

34. Kansas

ottawa kansas street
Wikipedia
belfast maine street
Wikipedia
  • Fatalities per 100 million miles driven: 1.53
  • Percentage of rural roads rated poor: 1%
  • Percentage of urban roads rated poor: 10%
  • Yearly road improvement spend: $1.444 billion

35. Wyoming

pinedale wyoming street
Wikipedia
  • Fatalities per 100 million miles driven: 1.3
  • Percentage of rural roads rated poor: 2%
  • Percentage of urban roads rated poor: 12%
  • Yearly road improvement spend: $716 million

36. Kentucky

russell springs kentucky street
Wikipedia
  • Fatalities per 100 million miles driven: 1.68
  • Percentage of rural roads rated poor: 2%
  • Percentage of urban roads rated poor: 7%
  • Yearly road improvement spend: $2.569 billion

37. North Carolina

waynesville nc street
Wikipedia
  • Fatalities per 100 million miles driven: 1.45
  • Percentage of rural roads rated poor: 1%
  • Percentage of urban roads rated poor: 8%
  • Yearly road improvement spend: $6.823 billion

38. Missouri

maplewood missouri street
Wikipedia
  • Fatalities per 100 million miles driven: 1.36
  • Percentage of rural roads rated poor: 1%
  • Percentage of urban roads rated poor: 10%
  • Yearly road improvement spend: $2.472 billion

39. North Dakota

watford city north dakota street
Wikipedia
  • Fatalities per 100 million miles driven: 1.14
  • Percentage of rural roads rated poor: 2%
  • Percentage of urban roads rated poor: 14%
  • Yearly road improvement spend: $909 million

40. Nevada

reno nevada street
Wikipedia
  • Fatalities per 100 million miles driven: 1.26
  • Percentage of rural roads rated poor: 1%
  • Percentage of urban roads rated poor: 9%
  • Yearly road improvement spend: $1.554 billion

41. Tennessee

morristown tennessee street
Wikipedia
  • Fatalities per 100 million miles driven: 1.6
  • Percentage of rural roads rated poor: 2%
  • Percentage of urban roads rated poor: 9%
  • Yearly road improvement spend: $2.134 billion

42. Utah

coalville utah street
Wikipedia
  • Fatalities per 100 million miles driven: 0.912
  • Percentage of rural roads rated poor: 2%
  • Percentage of urban roads rated poor: 7%
  • Yearly road improvement spend: $1.679 billion

43. Georgia

rome georgia street
Wikipedia
  • Fatalities per 100 million miles driven: 1.43
  • Rural road, % rated poor: 1%
  • Urban road, % rated poor: 5%
  • Yearly road improvement spend: $3.281 billion

44. Idaho

caldwell idaho street
Wikipedia
  • Fatalities per 100 million miles driven: 1.22
  • Percentage of rural roads rated poor: 5%
  • Percentage of urban roads rated poor: 11%
  • Yearly road improvement spend: $1.196 billion

45. Florida

gainesville florida street
Wikipedia
  • Fatalities per 100 million miles driven: 1.6
  • Percentage of rural roads rated poor: 1%
  • Percentage of urban roads rated poor: 5%
  • Yearly road improvement spend: $10.980 billion

46. Vermont

burlington vermont street
Wikipedia
  • Fatalities per 100 million miles driven: 1.03
  • Percentage of rural roads rated poor: 3%
  • Percentage of urban roads rated poor: 9%
  • Yearly road improvement spend: $579.794 million

47. New Hampshire

lincoln new hampshire street
Wikipedia
  • Fatalities per 100 million miles driven: 0.869
  • Percentage of rural roads rated poor: 3%
  • Percentage of urban roads rated poor: 9%
  • Yearly road improvement spend: $628.307 million

48. Indiana

bloomington indiana street
Wikipedia
  • Fatalities per 100 million miles driven: 1.17
  • Percentage of rural roads rated poor: 2%
  • Percentage of urban roads rated poor: 6%
  • Yearly road improvement spend: $3.722 billion

49. Alabama

mobile alabama street
Wikipedia
  • Fatalities per 100 million miles driven: 1.38
  • Percentage of rural roads rated poor: 1%
  • Percentage of urban roads rated poor: 5%
  • Yearly road improvement spend: $2.112 billion

50. Minnesota

lake superior in minnesota
Wikipedia
  • Fatalities per 100 million miles driven: 0.76
  • Percentage of rural roads rated poor: 3%
  • Percentage of urban roads rated poor: 5%
  • Yearly road improvement spend: $4.284 billion

Data source: ConsumerAffairs

Car Features That Never Gained Popularity

Takes a look at some of the more unique car features that were actually created by manufacturers. Not all the features on this list made it to mass production and some had to stop production due to new safety regulations. But, they all show how hard manufacturers work to give us new automotive bling.

Glowing Tires and Rotating Seats: The Car Features That Never Took Off

Leave a Comment