Percentage of each State’s Population with Access to Broadband Internet

The term “broadband internet” is used frequently in discussions about Internet access, but what does “broadband internet” actually mean? According to the FCC, to be called broadband internet download speeds must be 25 Mbps or higher.

With this clear delineation, the question then becomes, “Who has access to broadband internet in the United States?” We compiled a ranked list of the states, and their respective broadband coverage. We also took a look at the largest metros across the USA, and ranked them based on broadband coverage.

Broadband Coverage by State

For this particular comparison, we took a look at which states had access to internet download speeds greater than or equal to 25 Mbps. Coverage percentage is based on population covered, not geographic coverage.

 

As you can see, the North East has a pretty dominant hold on broadband coverage, with Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, and Delaware all falling in the top 10 most covered states. The West and Midwest follow closely behind, with Washington, Utah, Nevada, California, and Oregon all falling in the top 15 covered states.

1. Rhode Island – 99.7%
2. New Jersey – 98.8%
3. Connecticut – 98.8%
4. District of Columbia – 98.3%
5. New York – 98%
6. Hawaii – 97%
7. Massachusetts – 97%
8. Washington – 96.8%
9. Utah – 96.2%
10. Delaware – 96%
11. Illinois – 95.3%
12. Nevada – 95.2%
13. Oregon – 94.3%
14. California – 94.3%
15. Florida – 94.2%
16. Maryland – 93.8%
17. Pennsylvania – 91.5%
18. North Carolina – 91.2%
19. Minnesota – 91%
20. Michigan – 89.2%
21. North Dakota – 88.9%
22. Arizona – 88.2%
23. Ohio – 88%
24. Georgia – 87.4%
25. Indiana – 86.9%
26. Wisconsin – 86.7%
27. Maine – 86.5%
28. South Dakota – 86.4%
29. New Hampshire – 86.2%
30. Tennessee – 85%
31. South Carolina – 84.9%
32. Virginia – 84.4%
33. Colorado – 83.2%
34. Iowa – 82.7%
35. Kansas – 81.7%
36. Idaho – 81.3%
37. Missouri – 79.8%
38. Nebraska – 79.3%
39. Louisiana – 78.9%
40. Alabama – 76.6%
41. New Mexico – 75%
42. Wyoming – 73.6%
43. Mississippi – 69.3%
44. Oklahoma – 67.8%
45. West Virginia – 67.5%
46. Texas – 66%
47. Kentucky – 64.8%
48. Alaska – 63.6%
49. Arkansas – 58.5%
50. Montana – 22.5%
51. Vermont – 20.7%

Broadband Coverage by Metro

 

Top 25 Metros with Broadband Coverage

If you want to have a good chance of broadband coverage, then it would seem Washington State is one of the best places to live, with 5 metros in the top 25, followed by Florida with 4 metros and New York State with 3 metros. All three states are in the top 15 coverage states, so this should come as no surprise.

1. Myrtle Beach, SC – 1%
2. Kennewick, WA – 0.999%
3. Carson City, NV – 0.999%
4. Bridgeport, CT – 0.998%
5. Poughkeepsie, NY – 0.998%
6. New York, NY – 0.998%
7. Allentown, PA – 0.997%
8. Champaign Urbana, IL – 0.997%
9. Honolulu, HI – 0.997%
10. Providence, RI – 0.996%
11. Palm Bay, FL – 0.996%
12. Spokane, WA – 0.995%
13. Salt Lake City, UT – 0.994%
14. Bellingham, WA – 0.994%
15. Tampa, FL – 0.993%
16. Winston Salem, NC – 0.993%
17. Corvallis, OR – 0.993%
18. Seattle, WA – 0.993%
19. Buffalo, NY – 0.993%
20. Los Angeles, CA – 0.993%
21. Palm Coast, FL – 0.992%
22. Las Vegas, NV – 0.992%
23. Milwaukee, WI – 0.992%
24. Mt Vernon, WA – 0.991%
25. Orlando, FL – 0.991%

Worst 25 Metros with Broadband Coverage

More important than where to find broadband speeds may be to know which metros to avoid, with less than satisfactory speeds. Of the ~ 370 metros analyzed, 14 metros in Texas fell into the worst 25 broadband covered metros. In fairness, Texas is the second largest state in the USA, which means coverage can be difficult to some of the more rural areas in the state.

Conversely, California only has one metro fall into the worst 25 covered metros, and is the largest state in the USA. Unfortunately, you will only find Los Angeles in the top 25 most covered metros, meaning the majority of California’s cities have relatively average broadband coverage.

1. Longview, TX – 0.503%
2. Visalia, CA – 0.483%
3. College Station, TX – 0.294%
4. Cumberland, MD – 0.288%
5. Killeen Temple, TX – 0.28%
6. Lubbock, TX – 0.258%
7. Missoula, MT – 0.25%
8. Billings, MT – 0.237%
9. Yuma, AZ – 0.228%
10. Burlington, VT – 0.219%
11. Abilene, TX – 0.2%
12. Tyler, TX – 0.196%
13. Amarillo, TX – 0.193%
14. San Angelo, TX – 0.171%
15. Grand Junction, CO – 0.149%
16. Hot Springs, AR – 0.09%
17. Great Falls, MT – 0.085%
18. El Paso, TX – 0.064%
19. Beaumont, TX – 0.041%
20. Wichita Falls, TX – 0.024%
21. McAllen, TX – 0.019%
22. Laredo, TX – 0.013%
23. Pittsfield, MA – 0.007%
24. Brownsville, TX – 0.006%
25. Pine Bluff, AZ – 0.001%

All in all, there is a substantial variance in the amount of broadband coverage across the United States. The Northeast and West seem to be leading the charge on improving access to high speed internet for their residents. Want to see which providers are available in your area, and how they stack up against the rest of nation? Use our zip search below to get started.

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