These are America’s 10 worst states for infrastructure in 2021

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A street is closed due to work in the road in Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S. March 31, 2021.

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A new federal infrastructure package from Capitol Hill can’t come a moment too soon for a nation whose basic underpinnings have kept crumbling as Washington, D.C., works on a deal.

It also comes at a time when infrastructure has taken on new importance as the nation emerges from the Covid-19 pandemic. Indeed, the very definition of infrastructure has been part of the most recent debate. The rise in remote work has put a new premium on broadband connectivity. Disastrous and deadly winter power outages in Texas exposed nationwide vulnerabilities in the electrical grid. And companies that are re-thinking their dense, urban environments are looking for places to spread out.

In CNBC’s 2021 America’s Top States for Business study, our Infrastructure category carries more weight than ever before — worth 15% of the total points. We rate the states on multiple components of their infrastructure, including roads and bridges, utilities, connectivity, sustainability, and sites available for development. Some states score highly on infrastructure.

These ten crumbling states are the most in need of help.

10. West Virginia

A section of road collapsed along State Route 4 on June 25, 2016 outside of Queen Scholls, West Virginia.

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In its initial pitch for an infrastructure bill earlier this year, the White House said the Mountain State has suffered from “a systemic lack of investment” for decades. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, 21% of West Virginia’s bridges are in poor condition. That is the highest rate in the country. More than 30% of West Virginians do not have access to broadband service. And the power grid can be unreliable, with the nation’s second-highest rate of power outages, after Maine.

2021 Infrastructure score: 155 out of 375 points (Top States Grade: D)

U.S. population within 500 miles: 138,805,909

Bridges in poor condition: 21%

Roads in unacceptable condition: 15%

Broadband access: 69.2%

Power outages per year: 12.6 hours

9. Rhode Island

Men work on a construction project on April 09, 2021 in Central Falls, Rhode Island.

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7. (tie) Arkansas

A man who wished not to be indentified talks on a phone in a business that was destroyed by a tornado in Mayflower, Arkansas.

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7. (tie) Montana

Snow covered building in downtown Billings, Montana, U.S. on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2020.

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6. New Hampshire

Big Municipal plow truck plowing snow off roadways in Laconia, New Hampshire USA

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5. Vermont

Green Mountain Power workmen add a transformer to residential power lines in Charlotte, Vermont.

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Vermont is investing heavily in its transportation sector, including a $120 million package passed this year for public transportation and electric vehicle incentives. And roads and bridges are in excellent shape. But the Green Mountain State is lacking in other facets of its infrastructure. It has limited sites available for development, the electrical grid is less than reliable, and while broadband service is generally available, it can be pricey. BroadbandNow Research reports that only about 1% of Vermonters have access to a high-speed internet plan for less than $60 per month. That is among the worst in the nation.

2021 Infrastructure score: 147 out of 375 points (Top States Grade: D)

U.S. population within 500 miles: 67,996,885

Bridges in poor condition: 2%

Roads in unacceptable condition: 4%

Broadband access: 79%

Power outages per year: 7.4 hours

4. New Mexico

An abandoned home stands alone on the open desert near Chaco Culture National Historic Park in northern New Mexico.

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3. South Dakota

A vehicle travels along a nearly empty street in downtown Sioux Falls, South Dakota, U.S., on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020.

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2. Alaska

A resident walks down a wooden sidewalk in Newtok, Alaska.

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1. Maine

Storm damage in the lakes region as a large pine tree fell onto power lines.

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