An uneven playing field: New data shows internet speeds still vary widely across US

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Few things are more frustrating for competitive online gamers than a slow internet connection, and much of America continues to suffer from slow internet. But can you guess which US cities, towns, and states have the fastest and slowest internet? You may be surprised.

Obviously, reliable internet connections are essential for online gaming – whether on the PC, Xbox Live, or PSN. And with the advent of game streaming services like Google Stadia, it’s even more relevant.

HighSpeedInternet.com recently released data on their speed tests from over 3 million different users. They’re able to tell us which cities, towns, and states are doing well and which are still struggling with slow connections.

You’ll notice that the cities, towns, and states with the fastest internet are mostly concentrated in the BosWash corridor – the area of the country between Boston and Washington DC. California, Colorado, and Washington state manage to crack into the top 10 states for the fastest average internet.

Meanwhile, the slowest internet is mostly found in rural parts of the South, Midwest, and Western United States. The Mountain West, in particular, is home to four of the five states with the slowest average internet connections.

Cities and towns with fastest average internet speeds

  1. Whitestone, NY (138.4 Mbps)
  2. Elkridge, MD (114.0 Mbps)
  3. Merrick, NY (112.0 Mbps)
  4. Odenton, MD (109.9 Mbps)
  5. Halethorpe, MD (109.0 Mbps)
  6. Pasadena, MD (108.3 Mbps)
  7. Somerset, NJ (107.8 Mbps)
  8. Pacifica, CA (106.5 Mbps)
  9. Merchantville, NJ (106.4 Mbps)
  10. Long Island City, NY (105.8 Mbps)

Cities and towns with slowest average internet speeds

  1. Stowe, VT (7.3 Mbps)
  2. Española, NM (7.7 Mbps)
  3. Ville Platte, LA (7.8 Mbps)
  4. Oneonta, AL (8.6 Mbps)
  5. Kingston, WA (9.2 Mbps)
  6. Elko, NV (9.5 Mbps)
  7. Foley, AL (10.1 Mbps)
  8. New Richmond, WI (10.2 Mbps)
  9. Wasilla, AK (10.4 Mbps)
  10. Vashon, WA (10.9 Mbps)

States with the fastest average internet speeds

  1. Maryland – 84.1 Mbps
  2. Delaware – 80.9 Mbps
  3. New Jersey – 76.3 Mbps
  4. D.C. – 75.2 Mbps
  5. Virginia – 74.5 Mbps
  6. Rhode Island – 74.5 Mbps
  7. Massachusetts – 73.6 Mbps
  8. Colorado – 70.9 Mbps
  9. Washington – 67.3 Mbps
  10. California – 67.2 Mbps

States with the slowest average internet speeds

  1. Alaska – 20.6 Mbps
  2. Montana – 30.1 Mbps
  3. Maine – 30.8 Mbps
  4. Idaho – 30.9 Mbps
  5. Wyoming – 33.3 Mbps
  6. South Dakota – 33.3 Mbps
  7. Iowa – 35.8 Mbps
  8. Arkansas – 37.3 Mbps
  9. Mississippi – 37.9 Mbps
  10. Hawaii – 38.1 Mbps

For the full report, visit highspeedinternet.com/tools/speed-test#cities.

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