In the coronavirus era, connections matter more than ever, especially when it comes to remote working and the internet. On that front, Seattle has a leg up over most cities as the third best-connected city in the nation, with 91.5% of households having an internet connection.
Claiming the top spot in internet connectivity was San Jose, California, with 93.3% of households subscribing to internet service, followed by San Diego, with a 93% rate. Austin, Texas, at 91.4%; and Portland, Oregon, at 90.7% round out the top five.
Commercial real estate blog Commercial Café conducted the analysis and ranking the top 20 cities nationwide based on internet connectivity based on U.S. Census Bureau data.
“The recent quarantines and travel bans have driven companies to new lengths in order to stay open and operational,” Commercial Café says in detailing the rankings. “Now, possibly more than ever before, we are in the middle of the largest work-from-home (WFH) experiment in history. Meanwhile, those who have already been working from home understand the importance of internet connectivity and speed.”
The state of Washington overall, however, could use a boost in one area of internet connectivity: speed. The state ranks 12th in that measure, with an average download speed of 41 megabits per second (Mbps), according to Commercial Café and its analysis of BroadBandNow data.
“The Mid-Atlantic states overwhelmingly occupy the top 10 states for download speeds, measured in Mbps,” Commercial Café reports. “In particular, New Jersey, Maryland and Virginia are the top three with speeds greater than 48 Mbps, topping out at 52 Mbps in New Jersey.
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