No state ships more goods to more places than Texas. The Port of Houston is the largest on the Gulf Coast — one of the largest in North America — handling 35 million short tons of cargo last year. Its two major international airports are among the nation's busiest, and the state's freight rail network is in the top five in the nation for tons carried. Yet with all that, and an extensive highway network crisscrossing the state's 268,000 square miles, Texas does a remarkably good job maintaining it all. There are issues. With minimal public transportation, commuting times can be frustratingly long. And the price tag to fix the sprawling state's water systems is daunting. They say everything is big in Texas — that includes the problems and the solutions.
2017 Infrastructure score: 251 out of 400 points
Deficient bridges: 1.7 percent
Average commute to work: 25.6 minutes
Major airports: Dallas–Fort Worth International, Houston George Bush Intercontinental
20-year water needs: $33.9 billion
2016 Infrastructure rank: No. 2 (tied with Tennessee)