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Maryland
506.7
Virginia
505.6
District of Columbia
473.8
Delaware
469.7
Washington
451
Rhode Island
433.3
Pennsylvania
430.8
New Jersey
427.8
Texas
425.9
Georgia
414.9
Vermont
408.2
Massachusetts
401.2
New York
397.7
Arizona
396.1
South Carolina
373.4
Tennessee
351.1
Oklahoma
351
Colorado
347
Alabama
344.6
Nevada
334.6
Michigan
334.1
Indiana
331
Kansas
325.7
Illinois
324.9
Louisiana
324.9
Florida
322.3
New Hampshire
317.9
Oregon
316.9
Connecticut
314.6
Utah
314.1
North Carolina
312.5
Minnesota
304.2
Missouri
293.4
New Mexico
288.7
Alaska
285.1
Ohio
278.3
Wisconsin
277.1
West Virginia
273.2
Nebraska
270
Kentucky
261.8
North Dakota
244.3
Arkansas
230.4
Idaho
230.1
Mississippi
226
Hawaii
221.4
Maine
205.2
Wyoming
203.2
Iowa
193.9
South Dakota
191.7
Montana
110.5
California
93

Average Internet Speed by State 2024

Average Internet Speed by State 2024

Internet speed refers to how much data and information can be transferred over the web on a single connection. Internet speed is important because it determines what individuals can and cannot do online. Internet speed is important when surfing the web, playing online games, downloading movies, TV shows, or music, video chatting, or sending any kind of communication. Internet speed also determines how many devices can be connected at once.

Bandwidth measures the total number of frequencies that a network connection can handle at any given moment. Broadband tells you how fast your Internet connection is. Internet speed is measured in bits per second (bps) or megabits per second (Mbps). Internet speed is extremely important for entrepreneurs and business owners. A faster Internet can handle more devices at once and help a business run more efficiently. According to HighSpeedInternet.com, the following Mbps allow users to efficiently do certain tasks: 5 Mbps for browsing, streaming music; ideal for a single user; 10 Mbps for streaming HD videos, casual gaming; ideal for 1-2 people; 20 Mbps for Ultra HD streaming, frequent gaming; ideal for 2-4 people, and 40+ Mbps for steaming multiple shows in HD, simultaneous gaming; ideal for 4+ people.

State
Avg. Internet Speed
Maryland506.7
Virginia505.6
District of Columbia473.8
Delaware469.7
Washington451
Rhode Island433.3
Pennsylvania430.8
New Jersey427.8
Texas425.9
Georgia414.9

Every U.S. state sees significant increases in average Internet speed each year as U.S. telecoms work consistently to provide faster networks. Rural states overall tend to have slower Internet speeds while more densely-populated states tend to have faster internet speeds. HighSpeedInternet.com analyzed one million speed tests taken on their site to find out which states and the fastest and slowest average Internet speeds. Average Internet speeds and providers for any zip code can be checked on HighSpeedInternet.com. FastMetrics also provides information on each state’s average peak Internet speeds.

Maryland has the fastest average Internet speed of 65.02 Mbps. Maryland’s fast Internet speeds make it an ideal location for tech businesses, multi-person streaming, and gaming. The next four fastest states are New Jersey (59.58 Mbps), Delaware (59.08 Mbps), Rhode Island (56.77 Mbps), and Virginia (55.98 Mbps). New Jersey’s fastest city is Somerset, which has an average Internet speed of 97.6 Mbps. Virginia’s fastest city, Sterling, has an average Internet speed of 96.9 Mbps. All of the five fastest average Internet speeds are located on the East Coast. Because of cheaper costs of living and better Internet speeds, these states provide potentially better start-up environments for businesses than Silicon Valley.

Alaska has the slowest average Internet speeds of 17.03 Mbps. Speeds under 20 Mbps take longer periods for downloads and only works best for single-user streaming. Following Alaska for the slowest Internet speeds in the country are Mississippi (24.77 Mbps), Idaho (25.30), Montana (25.70), and Maine (26.05). These states are okay for a couple of people to stay connected but are not ideal for businesses or those who are serious gamers.

Average Internet Speed by State 2024

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Which state has the fastest internet?

Maryland is the state with the highest internet speed, with average speed of 506.7 Mbps.

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