Minneapolis Tops List of Best American Cities for Infrastructure

Of the largest 150 metros included, the top 10 was dominated by well-known major cities while the bottom 10 all came from the South and East Coast.


Realtor.com ranked the American cities with the best and worst infrastructure among the 150 largest metros. Minneapolis came out on top of the best while Harrisburg, PA, took the top spot for the worst infrastructure. Factors measured included:

  • Percentage of roads in "good" or "fair" condition
  • Percentage of bridges that are “structurally deficient”
  • Transit performance score (tracking frequency and breadth of service)
  • Airport consumer satisfaction ratings
  • Bike friendliness, including bike lane access and public spending
  • Per capita government spending on drinking-water systems, electrical grids, highways, public transit, and sewage systems

The top 10 best cities for infrastructure were:

  1. Minneapolis
  2. Seattle
  3. San Francisco
  4. Eugene, OR
  5. Salt Lake City
  6. Omaha, NE
  7. Austin, TX
  8. Miami
  9. Chattanooga, TN
  10. Atlanta

The top 10 worst cities for infrastructure were:

  1. Harrisburg, PA
  2. Jackson, MS
  3. Trenton, NJ
  4. Providence, RI
  5. Huntington, WV
  6. Springfield, MA
  7. Lafayette, LA
  8. Oklahoma City
  9. New Haven, CT
  10. Virginia Beach, VA

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