The Best and Worst Roads in North America

How good is the quality of the roads in North American countries?

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Map of the road quality in North America.

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We looked at the road quality in Asia and Europe before. Today we’re looking at the road quality in North America.

The US has the best roads in North America and ranks 17th globally. Canada is in second place with a score of 5.0. The Dominican Republic is third with a score of 4.7.

On the other end, there is Haiti, which has the worst roads in North America. With a score of only 2.1. Globally, it’s the 5th worst in the world. Guatemala (2.4) and Costa Rica (3.0), also don’t score very well. On a global scale, Guatemala doesn’t do very well either. It ranks 9th from the bottom.

The data for this map comes from the Global Competitiveness Report 2019 by the World Economic Forum, in which 141 countries are rated on a variety of topics. Some of those ratings are the outcome of The Executive Opinion Survey. 12,987 business executives in 139 economies answered 78 questions, which asks them to evaluate the situation for specific domains at the country level. One of these questions was: “In your country, what is the quality (extensiveness and condition) of road infrastructure?”. People could give a rating from 1 (extremely poor—among the worst in the world) to 7 (extremely good—among the best in the world).

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