Top 10 Cities with the Fastest Internet Speeds

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How Is Internet Speed Measured?

Internet speed is measured in Megabits per second or Mbps, which measures the actual download and upload speed of a connection. Most internet providers advertise the bandwidth speed, which is the capacity of the pipe that connects you and the servers which compose the internet. According to PCMag, these cities have the fastest internet connection in the country.


1. Washington, D.C.

Washington clocks in at 40.8 Mbps. The capital city the hub of federal buildings, offices, and facilities so it’s no surprise that the demand for a fast internet connection is high.


2. Alexandria, Virginia

Behind D.C., Alexandria has an internet speed of 38.7 Mbps. Due to its close proximity to the capital, most of the city’s occupants work in federal offices and agencies in Washington, which explains why it falls so closely in line with the speed standard set by D.C.


3. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

After Alexandria, Philadelphia falls in with 37.5 Mbps. Pennsylvania’s largest city is the center of its economic activity and is home to seven Fortune 1000 companies. This brings in the need for a top of the line internet speed in this area.


4. Baltimore, Maryland

The largest city in Maryland boasts an internet speed of 37.4 Mbps. A quarter of the jobs in Baltimore are in science, math, engineering, and technology, due in part to its expansive system of graduate and undergraduate schools.


5. Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City has an internet speed of 35.5 Mbps. The city is home to one of the largest farmer’s markets in the world and is known for their craft breweries and major league sports.


6. Wilmington, Delaware

Wilmington is the largest city in Delaware and comes in on the list at 33.0 Mbps. Several major banking corporations have operations in the city, including Chase and Bank of America.


7. Tampa, Florida

Tampa comes in with a speed of 32.3 Mbps and is one of the top homes in the country for “twenty-somethings”. Tampa is one of the fastest growing cities in the country, with a projected population of 4.5 million by 2017.


8. Richmond, Virginia

The Virginian capital has an average speed of 31.2 Mbps and is an area rich in American history. Virginia’s economy is primarily driven by government agencies at the federal, state, and local levels as well as legal and banking firms. Richmond is also home to several Fortune 500 company headquarters.


9. Austin, Texas

The capital of Texas is one of the fastest growing cities in the nation and has an internet speed of 29.0  Austin is home to music festivals like Austin City Limits and South by Southwest and is nicknamed the Silicon Hills due to the influx of technology-based business who flocked there during the 1990’s.


10. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The final city on the list has a speed of 28.7 Mbps. Pittsburgh is known as the Steel City for being home to more than 300 steel-related businesses and has over 400 bridges within the city. Pittsburgh is a manufacturing hub for auto, petroleum, and electronics.

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