Analysis of 42m Broadband Speed Tests Reveals the Fastest and Slowest Places in America

  • New data extracted and compiled by from over 42 million US speed tests reveals the difference in the average broadband speed across the United States
  • Rhode Island ranks as America's fastest state with an average speed measured at 36.69Mbps, with Montana coming in last with an average speed of 10.94Mbps 
  • The fastest town or city in America is Washington VA, with a download speed of 210.19Mbps, with marked contrasts between cities across America, even those in the same state 
  • In contrast the slowest place in America is Southerly North Slope Bo AK, with a download speed of 0.28Mbps 
  • The data can be viewed as an interactive map (which can be embedded into your own web page), while the full league table can be accessed here, via Google Docs

New, detailed analysis of American broadband speed tests shows a marked difference between the fastest and slowest cities and states.

The 42 million speed tests were collected across the 12 months up to 10 May this year by M-Lab, a partnership between New America's Open Technology Institute, Google Open Source Research, Princeton University's PlanetLab, other supporting partners, and compiled and extracted by telecoms analysts at

The five fastest states have download speeds around three times faster than the five slowest.

Rhode Island tops the table at 36.69Mbps while Montana sits bottom of the pile with average speeds of just 10.94Mbps.

This means that downloading an HD movie in Rhode Island would take 27 minutes and 54 seconds, but in Montana it would take 1 hour and 33 minutes.

Eight of the top ten performing states sit on the east coast, with Oregon and Washington the exceptions. Western states California and Nevada also have high average download speeds.

The interactive map, (full screen version here) shows a contrast in average speeds across America's Rust Belt, with speeds in Pennsylvania doubling than those in Ohio.

Impressive download speeds are also displayed in southern states of Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas.

In a previous report complied by, the US managed to trump 168 countries but still found itself outside the world's top 20 when it comes to broadband speeds, coming in behind 13 European countries and five countries in Asia.

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