Public Infrastructure Spending for State and Local Governments

Each year, state and local governments spend more than $250 billion on construction of roads, schools and other public infrastructure.

The U.S. Census Bureau publishes monthly estimates representing the "value of construction put in place" for new structures and improvements. Figures are published as annual rates and represent construction projects that are underway, regardless of when contractors actually receive payments or when a project began.

Select a category from the menu below to view historical national spending data for various types of public infrastructure projects. Spending data shown covers the following types of construction: residential, multi-family, nonresidential, office, commercial, automotive, parking, health care, hospital, medical building, special care, educational, primary/secondary school, elementary school, middle/junior high, high school, higher education, instructional, dormitory, sports/recreation, infrastructure, other educational, library/archive, public safety, correctional, detention, police/sheriff, other public safety, fire/rescue, amusement and recreation, sports, performance/meeting center, convention center, social center, neighborhood center, park/camp, transportation, air transportation, passenger terminal, runway, land, passenger terminal, mass transit, water, dock/marina, power, highway and street, pavement, lighting, bridge, rest facility, sewage and waste disposal, sewage/dry waste, plant, line/pump station, waste water, plant, line/drain, water supply, plant, line, pump station, conservation and development, dam/levee and breakwater/jetty. See a list of definitions for a description of each public infrastructure category.