Public Infrastructure Spending for State and Local Governments

Each year, state and local governments spend at least $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, office, commercial, health care, primary/secondary education, higher education, corrections, public safety, sports, performance/meeting centers, social centers, parks/camps, air transportation, land transportation, mass transit, water transportation, power, highways and streets, bridges, sewage, waste water, water supply and conservation/development.

Data is seasonally adjusted and can be displayed in current dollars or July 2015 inflation-adjusted dollars. See a list of definitions for a description of each construction category.

 

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