Spatiotemporal Evolution of Provincial Rural Infrastructure Development Level in China

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Original languageEnglish
Article number05023005
Journal / PublicationJournal of Infrastructure Systems
Issue number3
Online published19 Jun 2023
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2023


This article studies the distribution characteristics and differences of China's provincial rural infrastructure construction levels from the temporal and spatial evolution perspective. Based on the Statistical Yearbook, an evaluation index system for the development level of rural infrastructure construction was established. The level of rural infrastructure development in different provinces is calculated. The following conclusions can be drawn through the analysis of the calculation results and the spatiotemporal evolution images. First, China's rural infrastructure construction level has been continuously improving. However, the contribution ratio of various infrastructures in the overall construction level has changed from similar to unbalanced, and there is a trend toward further expansion. Second, the spatial distribution of China's rural infrastructure development level presents a ladderlike pattern of high in the east and low in the west, and the gap is gradually narrowing. Third, economic development level, policy promotion, and regional resource advantages are the main driving factors for the level of rural infrastructure construction. It is beneficial to provide a path to analyze the level of rural infrastructure construction and guide many developing countries to control critical driving factors and promote high-quality rural infrastructure development. © 2023 American Society of Civil Engineers.

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  • Rural infrastructure, Provincial gap, Spatiotemporal evolution, Evaluation system, Driving factor, Rural development, PROJECTS, AREAS, EDUCATION

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