Across the United States, the average internet speed is 42.86 Mbps, according to data from internet speed tests. However, if you dive a bit deeper into available information about how fast internet connections tend to be you’ll see some noticeable difference among the states.
Before exploring the results, it’s worth noting just why internet speed is important. The main reason is because internet speed determines how effectively data is transmitted via a single connection. The speed you get with your internet service also determines just what you can do online and how many tasks you can juggle while online at any given time. Here are a few examples of what various internet speeds can typically allow you to do:
• 5 Mbps allows you do browse and stream music
• 10 and 20 Mbps allows to do such things as streaming in HD and casual or more frequent gaming
• 40 Mbps or greater typically means being able to stream and game with more frequency and intensity
Continue reading to discover the ten fastest internet service speeds by state. The following list is based on an assessment of a million internet speed tests.
Internet users in The Old Line State enjoy the fastest average internet service at 196.2 Mbps. These impressively faster speeds make it easier for internet users in Maryland to play games, steam video content in HD on multiple devices, and do an assortment of other online tasks without any frustrating delays or interruptions.
Virginia’s internet speeds can get up to 193.1 Mbps on average. This gives users in the higher speed ranges a lot of online power for a wide range of recreational and business activities. Sterling is the fastest city here as far as average internet speeds go.
3. New York
The Empire State comes in third on the fastest average internet service ranking of states at 190.5 Mbps. With fiber-optic internet, New York City internet users can enjoy speeds up to 940 Mbps from the city’s fastest internet provider. Upload speeds can up to 880 Mbps.
Average speeds of 188.2 Mbps put Massachusetts fourth on this list. Boston, Worcester, Springfield, and Lowell are the major cities in The Bay State with the fastest average download speeds with broadband service.
5. New Jersey
New Jersey comes in fifth with an average internet speed of 174.3 Mbps. The unincorporated, census-designated place of Somerset has the highest average online speeds in The Garden State. Download speeds average 214.4 Mbps in Trenton. You’ll also get fast download speeds here in Newark, Jersey City, and Paterson.
Connect in Connecticut and you could enjoy average internet speeds of up to 172 Mbps. With download speeds here, Bridgeport has an impressive average of 136.9 Mbps. Internet users in New Haven, Hartford, and Stamford are also treated to fairly fast download speeds.
Use the internet in Illinois and you could enjoy speeds averaging 171.3 Mbps. Rockford has the fastest download speeds among major cities here at 184.7 Mbps. Chicago comes in second at 160.6 Mbps. You’ll also get very good download speeds in Aurora and Naperville.
The average internet speed in The Sooner State is 168.8 Mbps, which puts Oklahoma eighth on this list. Oklahoma City, the state’s capital, has average download speeds of 171.2 Mbps. However, download something in Tulsa and you can get it done at 181.6 Mbps.
If The Centennial State is where you live and/or work, you’ll get average internet speeds of 168.5 Mbps. Get online in Denver, Colorado Springs, Aurora, and Littleton and you’ll enjoy some of the fastest download speeds in the state.
Rounding out this list of the top ten fastest internet service rankings by state is the Sunshine State. Internet users in Florida can expect average speeds of 167.8 Mbps. Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Orlando, and Jacksonville are among the cities with the fastest download speeds here.
On the other side of things, Alaska has the slowest average internet speeds among the states at 17.03 Mbps. Speeds around this range are best for single users, and downloads are slower as well. Internet speed averages are also on the lower side in Mississippi, Idaho, Montana, and Maine.