Is this just a statistical oddity, or an example of how politicians use spending to deceive the voters? The states that offer the best quality of life have poor roads. The states with the best roads are the worst in which to live.
24/7WallStreet is a blog that publishes rankings of cities and states on various topics. I’ve used them in several of my posts. Today they had a new one ranking states son quality of road infrastructure. I’ve mentioned their rankings of states on healthcare and as “best places to live” previously.
The seeming paradox is that the states ranked highest for roads are ranked lowest for healthcare, and vice versa. For example,
- Tennessee ranks #3 for best roads and #43 on best places to live.
- Kentucky ranks #4 on roads and #46 on best places to live.
- Idaho ranks #1 on roads and #29 on best places to live.
- New Jersey ranks #5 on best places to live and #49 on roads.
- Connecticut ranks #2 on best places to live and #48 on roads.
- Massachusetts in #1 on best places to live and #41 on roads.
The ranking for best places to live considers poverty, educational attainment and life expectancy. The ranking on roads is based on data from the Federal Highway Administration.
So, do people in places like Kentucky actually prefer pavement to healthcare and education? Or do politicians use roads to distract people from the areas they are neglecting?
What do you think?
In my post, I talk about ranking on having the best roads, which simply means reversing the ranking used in this article. Being ranked 47th on worst roads is the same as being 3rd on best roads.