Indicator 22:  Infrastructure


How Does Massachusetts Perform?

Indicator 22:  Infrastructure text box stats: Fifth highest commute times (253 hours/year) in large metros among LTS Largest percentage decrease in people driving to work  97.4% of the population have access to 25/3 Mbps+ (5th among LTS), 87.8% have access to 100/10+ (11th among LTS), and 36.6% have access to 250/25+ (11th among LTS)

In metropolitan areas of more than 250,000 commuters (“large metros”), MA commuters spend 253 hours each year commuting on average, an increase of 19 hours since 2012. Massachusetts ranks fifth highest in this measure, nearly tied for fourth with California at 254. New York (294), New Jersey (267), and Illinois (264) all spend even more time commuting. California large metros have experienced the largest increase in commuting time, a rise of 23 hours annually. New York has experienced a similar increase in commuting time as Massachusetts, largely driven by New York City, which has experienced increasing problems with the Metropolitan Transit Authority. Illinois and Rhode Island have had the smallest increases in commuting times with 3 hour increases, the same amount as the U.S. average.

Since 1990, Massachusetts has consistently sustained higher industrial electricity prices than either the LTS or the U.S. as a whole. After a trend of declining prices from 1990 to 2006, Massachusetts has experienced a relatively large increase in industrial electricity prices compared to the LTS and the U.S. The difference in prices between Massachusetts and much of the country is due to a number of persistent factors, including a relative lack of generating capacity in New England, a lack of interconnection with other regions, and a mix of energy sources with higher input costs. The other New England states also have higher industrial electricity prices than the LTS average.

Measuring the percentage of population with access to at least one internet provider by speed in the categories of over 25 Mbps Download/3 Mbps Upload, over 100/10, and over 250/25, Massachusetts is 5th among LTS in 2017 at 25/3+ with 97.4%, 11th in 100/10+ at 87.8%, and 11th in 250/25+ at 36.6%. Access increased in all three categories, with the most significant growth from 2016-2017 being in 250/25+ which went from almost none at 0.06 to 36.58. Rhode Island and New Jersey, smaller highly urbanized states, both do very well with RI coming in 3rd at 25/3, 2nd in 100/10, and 1st in 250/25, while New Jersey comes in 2nd in 25/3, 1st for 100/10, and 3rd for 250/25. Nationwide, 90.99% of people have access to 25/3, 82.64% have access to 100/10, and 48.64% have access to 250/25.


Data Source for Indicator 22: Census Bureau, ACS, FCC, Energy Information Administration