September 20, 2021
Staying connected has been a lifeline for many during the pandemic, facilitating work, socializing, schooling and entertainment.
According to data from Statista, there are approximately 313 million internet users in the United States, with an additional 276.8 million people using their phones to access the web. As the USA’s internet usage surged to record levels during the pandemic, and with over 90 percent of Americans having access to online platforms, we started to wonder…which towns and cities have the best connection rates in America?
To work this out and reflect the standard of Internet and Cellular connectivity in the US, we took into consideration the number of WiFi hotspots, access to 3G, 4G, and 5G, and the average broadband speed across all 50 US States to determine which places in America are the best overall for connectivity.
For those who love the energy of a big city, we collated a list of the most connected cities with a population of over a million people.
If you are looking for a town or city with a large population, Chicago, Illinois comes out at the top spot. With an average broadband speed of 1,000 Mbps, a huge 2,574 free WiFi hotspots, and 5G connectivity available in all areas of The Windy City, it’s no surprise that the state is ranked first.
Texas cities dominate the next three spots, with the city of Houston ranked second in the list, Dallas coming in third, and San Antonio taking fourth place. The state manages to maintain the WiFi and broadband infrastructure of other big cities such as New York and Los Angeles despite having a significantly smaller population; so much so that it’s one of the most common states found in the top 10.
If you are looking for more connectivity and fewer people, then look no further than Miami.
Florida cities dominate the top two spots, with Miami taking first place. With almost 4,000 free WiFi spots and 5G available throughout the entire area, you’ll never be far from an Internet connection. With a smaller population than St. Petersburg which sits in second place, there’s always plenty to go around.
Moving from the East to the Midwest, Milwaukee, Wisconsin is third on the list. Wisconsin has access to high-speed broadband at 1,000 Mbps as well as 5G availability in all areas, meaning you can be active online across various locations with ease.
Not only does Florida have five cities and towns offering the largest number of places with the best connectivity, but they all rank 16 and above.
Texas and Ohio are both home to three connection-friendly places, whilst Wisconsin has two, both in the top five!
To reflect the standard of Internet and Cellular connectivity in the USA, we analyzed three-core different factors affecting this including WiFi hotspots, access to 3G, 4G, and 5G in each American city, and the average broadband speed:
We then created a scoring methodology to weighting these different factors.
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