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Overview of internet satisfaction and availability in Iowa

Internet providers received an average satisfaction rating of 3.7 out of 5 stars from customers in Iowa.

That ranks Iowa 33rd nationwide for internet customer satisfaction.

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Internet customer satisfaction in Iowa

 3.7/5 average customer satisfaction rating
 33rd national ranking for customer satisfaction

$75.86 average price per payment for internet, per household

92.1% of the time, advertised speeds meet household needs

3.6/5 average customer service rating of internet services

3.7/5 average reliability rating of services state-wide

3,174,426 people

2.41 average people per household

$66,048 average income per household

43 average age per household

63% of population employed


4% higher than national average

Ranked 14th nationally


0% higher than national average

Ranked 22nd nationally


15% higher than national average

Ranked 29th nationally


6% higher than national average

Ranked 17th nationally

Average download speed
105.7 Mbps

22.26% lower than national average
Ranks 43rd nationally

Average upload speed
63.8 Mbps

10.35% higher than national average
Ranks 13th nationally
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Fastest internet providers in Iowa

Provider Avg download speed Avg upload speed Availability Order online
Google Fiber 232.32 Mbps 200.39 Mbps 58.92%
Cox Communications 198.61 Mbps 19.64 Mbps 95.98% View Plans for Cox Communications
MetroNet 192.03 Mbps 188.55 Mbps 52.22% View Plans for MetroNet
Xtream Powered by Mediacom 174.69 Mbps 30.5 Mbps 88.27% View Plans for Xtream Powered by Mediacom
Cedar Falls Utilities 157.34 Mbps 151 Mbps 94.95% View Plans for Cedar Falls Utilities
93% of people in Iowa have access to 100Mbps or faster broadband, ranking 28th nationally.

Internet by tech type

Internet tech type Avg download speed % of people with access % availability Learn more
5G Home 245 Mbps 88.11% 84.28% See all providers for 5G Home
Cable 370.88 Mbps 83.6% 88.44% See all providers for Cable
DSL 658.06 Mbps 71.57% 83.31% See all providers for DSL
Fiber 703.8 Mbps 76.14% 69.48% See all providers for Fiber
Fixed Wireless 113.79 Mbps 83.63% 78.35% See all providers for Fixed Wireless
LTE Home 100 Mbps 2.46% 80% See all providers for LTE Home
Satellite 97.94 Mbps 93.1% 100% See all providers for Satellite

Best cities for internet in Iowa

Cities in Iowa with the fastest internet

City Avg download speed Avg upload speed Fiber availability Fastest provider
Clinton 201.25 Mbps 36.62 Mbps 11% Xtream Powered by Mediacom
Ankeny 198.28 Mbps 137.04 Mbps 54% MetroNet
Altoona 188.91 Mbps 55.28 Mbps 68% Xtream Powered by Mediacom
Coralville 186.14 Mbps 97.24 Mbps 50% MetroNet
Waterloo 171.65 Mbps 43.1 Mbps 90% MetroNet
Cedar Falls 162.08 Mbps 145.04 Mbps 95% Cedar Falls Utilities
Urbandale 153.36 Mbps 128.97 Mbps 78% MetroNet
Council Bluffs 152.98 Mbps 86.84 Mbps 66% Cox Communications

Clinton is the best city in Iowa for internet, shooting to the top of the list thanks to a combination of record-setting average download speeds, wide fiber-optic internet availability, and the presence of a reliable and well-rated internet provider. Ankeny and Altoona also earn top rankings, according to our data.

The most connected cities in Iowa

City Population Percent with access to high speed internet Percent with access to fiber internet Percent with access to 3+ providers
Des Moines 223,387 100% 100% 100%
Cedar Rapids 140,188 100% 100% 100%
Sioux City 86,112 100% 100% 100%
Dubuque 73,951 100% 100% 100%
Davenport 104,793 98% 51% 98%
Urbandale 45,711 100% 100% 100%
Waterloo 69,569 100% 60% 100%
West Des Moines 62,168 100% 100% 100%

Des Moines is the most internet-connected city in Iowa. Des Moines makes it to the top of the list due to the high number of its residents who have access not only to high-speed internet, but also to fiber internet specifically. A large number of Des Moines's residents also have access to three or more internet providers—an uncommon number of options compared to the rest of the state. Cedar Rapids and Sioux City also make it to the top of our list.

Top cities in Iowa

Des Moines

Population: 223,387

Median income: $66,128

113.4 Mbps
avg. download speed

83.76 Mbps
avg. upload speed

100% have access to high speed internet

100% have access to fiber internet

100% have access to 3 or more providers

Fastest ISP

Cedar Rapids

Population: 140,188

Median income: $76,325

122.29 Mbps
avg. download speed

33.27 Mbps
avg. upload speed

100% have access to high speed internet

100% have access to fiber internet

100% have access to 3 or more providers

Fastest ISP
ATC Communications


Population: 104,793

Median income: $55,790

108.6 Mbps
avg. download speed

106.34 Mbps
avg. upload speed

97.83% have access to high speed internet

50.54% have access to fiber internet

97.83% have access to 3 or more providers

Fastest ISP

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Methodology relies on proprietary and exclusive data to analyze the customer and provider trends presented on this page. We analyze millions of results from our speed test tool to determine average statewide speeds, fastest speeds, and availability. Our annual customer satisfaction survey provides us with data for developing the satisfaction rating. We also draw from data provided to us directly by internet providers to determine available tech types and average speeds.

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