Which state has the fastest LTE download speeds? These maps show where US carriers placed their coverage bets

Which state has the fastest LTE download speeds? These maps show where US carriers placed their coverage bets
Hot on the heels of the Android vs iOS distribution comes a state-by-state report by OpenSignal, this time of average download and upload speeds. Did you know that North Dakota excels in uploads as in third place before New York? Didn't think so, but when it comes to download speeds, Verizon's New Jersey remains king, swapping places with the second - District of Columbia - for uploads only.

Overall, the Boston-to-Washington coastal corridor takes the cake in the rankings, as it is home to 50 million people concentrated in a fairly small for the American standards area. Carriers have been saturating it for years with towers and upgrades, so it is no wonder that the northeastern states are ahead in the download game. Every state in the Eastern Seaboard and the mid-Atlantic region (except Ohio) averaged 20+ Mbps downloads.

On the other hand, states with more dispersed and rural population sit at the bottom of the table yet the two Dakotas, for instance, sit very well both in the download and the upload rankings. Check out where your state ranks overall in the maps and charts below.

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13 Comments

1. patroni0

Posts: 56; Member since: Mar 26, 2012

I live in New Jersey and I consistently get over 20mbps with Verizon so this seems spot on, right now I just did a speed test and got 99mbps down and 12mbps up. My service is also always slower when I get to NYC

3. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1042; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

It all comes down to where in Jersey though, Around me it's lucky if you hit 20mbps, usually see around 12 with VZW

8. patroni0

Posts: 56; Member since: Mar 26, 2012

where are you in Jersey? Im in Middlesex County

10. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1042; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Sussex County

12. droiduh

Posts: 101; Member since: Jun 04, 2015

Somerset County

2. baldilocks

Posts: 1494; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

AT&T is great here in Delaware as far as DL/UL speeds. No complaints.

4. BuffaloSouce unregistered

Verizon is pretty awesome here in AZ. I live out in the sticks almost at the bottom of a mountain and I'm still able to get 15-20mbps up and down. But I always end up using wifi wherever i go for the most part and if there is no wifi, I'm not really on the internet.

5. JCASS889

Posts: 513; Member since: May 18, 2018

i get 200 down and 80 up in long island new York , t mobile

6. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1551; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Not sure how these charts get their data, but in most of North Dakota if you don't have Verizon you have no coverage. Yet it ranks as one of the highest states.

7. baldilocks

Posts: 1494; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Every part I've been too has great coverage with AT&T. https://www.att.com/maps/wireless-coverage.html

13. worldpeace

Posts: 3129; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

It's clearly written on every chart above "OpenSignal". Try download it's app, it can show network coverage and signal strengh for each provider in your area. (you can also update help them gather data by let it run on background)

9. libra89

Posts: 2271; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Didn't know that my state was so fast!

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Here in the LV, AT&T has always worked best for me. Then Verizon, sprint, and Tmobile. Had all the big 4 over the years.

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