Oklahoma Highway Spending in Perspective


 

Key Points
  • State and local government in Oklahoma spends 36% more of its budget on highways than the national average;

  • State and local government in Oklahoma spends 3% more of its budget on highways than the regional average;

  • 9.37% of state and local government spending in Oklahoma goes to highways. Nationally, only 6.86% percent of spending is devoted to highways;

  • Oklahomans contribute 12% more tax dollars per capita to building and maintaining our highways than does the average American;

  • Oklahomans contribute 5% more tax dollars per capita to building and maintaining highways than the regional average;

  • Oklahomans spend $293 per capita on highways each year. Nationally, Americans spend $261 per capita on highways.

     

 

State and Local Highway Spending Per Capita

Rank*

Regional Average
29
Oklahoma
23
Kansas
12
Arkansas
32
Missouri
37
Texas
43

Source: 1996 State Fact Finder, Congressional Quarterly Publications and

U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Government Finances

Rank*: 1=Highest, 50=Lowest

  

State and Local Highway Spending as a Percentage of Total Spending

Rank*

Regional Average
18
Kansas
7
Arkansas
13
Oklahoma
15
Missouri
20
Texas
36

Source: 1996 State Fact Finder, Congressional Quarterly Publications and

U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Government Finances

Rank*: 1=Highest, 50=Lowest

 

Note: Western states tend to have relatively higher rates of spending on highways because of their larger geographic size. Mountain states often have increased road costs due to the expense of construction and maintenance in difficult terrain. Many western states are also more sparsely populated tending to drive up costs on a per capita basis.




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