Best big and small US cities for finding a fast and reliable internet connection

Texas cities occupy the top three in the list of over a million people, with Saint Petersburg, Florida and Las Vegas topping the list of smaller cities.

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A new analysis reports that cities in the west and south have hit metro areas in the rest of the country with better internet connectivity overall. People looking to work remotely from a large city have select locations in Texas. If you’re looking for a smaller city, consider Florida and Nevada.

HighVisibility looked at three factors to measure the state of connectivity in the United States: the availability of Wi-Fi hotspots; access to 3G, 4G and 5G in every city; and average broadband speed. The scoring methodology weighted each factor and resulted in the top 10 lists.

The analysis of major cities also took into account the average cost of living and the happiness index. The top ten cities with over 1 million inhabitants with the best connectivity are:

  1. Houston
  2. San Antonio
  3. Dallas
  4. Chicago
  5. San Diego
  6. New York
  7. Los Angeles
  8. Phoenix
  9. Philadelphia
  10. San Jose, California

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The HighVisibility system also took into account the number of green spaces in the city and the number of cafes to measure the suitability of small towns to live in. The top ten cities with a population of less than a million people with the best connectivity are:

  1. Saint Petersburg, Florida
  2. Las vigas
  3. Miami
  4. Indianapolis
  5. Columbus, Ohio
  6. Jacksonville, Florida
  7. Memphis, Tennessee
  8. Louisville, Kentucky
  9. Tulsa, Oklahoma
  10. Anchorage, Alaska

Texas has six cities in the top twenty largest list, and Florida has four.

If you need more options for locating your new remotely, here are the states with the most towns and cities in our Top 30 Most Connected Cities List:

  1. Texas, six cities
  2. Florida, four cities
  3. Ohio, four cities
  4. Indiana, two cities
  5. Tennessee, two cities
  6. Kentucky, two cities
  7. Oklahoma, two cities
  8. North Carolina, two cities
  9. Nevada is one city
  10. Alaska is one city

Access to 4G and 5G connections is improving in some rural areas of the country. Three Native American tribes are using Nokia technology to bring 4G and 5G to remote cities in four states. The CARES Act passed in March 2020 in response to the pandemic earmarked money to expand broadband access in communities across the country.

Once these faster connections are established, the next step in the evolution of 5G is the devices that can use the services. These numbers are also rising. IDC forecast worldwide smartphone shipments to rise 7.4% for the year to 1.37 billion, a strong rebound from last year when shipments fell nearly 6%. According to the analysis, consumers in India, Japan, the Middle East and Africa will make the most purchases. Demand is still low in the United States, China and Europe.

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