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The Mystery of Why Mobile Speeds in Denver Are So Terrible

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Rootmetrics' Best and Worst Cities for Mobile Performance

1. Lansing, Michigan
Population: 313,532 — Pop. rank: #117
98.5

2. Indianapolis, Indiana
Population: 1,487,483 — Pop. rank: #32
98.2

3. Atlanta, Georgia
Population: 4,515,419 — Pop. rank: #9
97.9

4. Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Population: 1,376,476 — Pop. rank: #34
97.6

5. Chicago, Illinois
Population: 8,608,208 — Pop. rank: #3
97.5

6. Knoxville, Tennessee
Population: 558,696 — Pop. rank: #73
97.4

7. Modesto, California
Population: 358,172 — Pop. rank: #104
97.4

8. Sacramento, California
Population: 1,723,634 — Pop. rank: #27
97.4

9. Tampa, Florida
Population: 2,441,770 — Pop. rank: #17
97.4

10. Jackson, Mississippi
Population: 351,478 — Pop. rank: #106
97.4

11. Kansas City, Missouri
Population: 1,519,417 — Pop. rank: #30
97.3

12. Columbus, Ohio
Population: 1,368,035 — Pop. rank: #35
97.3

13. Orlando, FL
Population: 1,510,516 - Pop. rank: #31
97.3

14. Mobile, Alabama
Population: 326,183 — Pop. rank: #114
97.3

15. Richmond, Virginia
Population: 953,556 — Pop. rank: #44
97.2

16. Fresno, California
Population: 654,628 — Pop. rank: #62
97.2

17. Boston, Massachusetts
Population: 4,181,019 — Pop. rank: #10
97.1

18. Dallas, Texas
Population: 5,121,892 — Pop. rank: #6
97.1

19. Temecula, California
Population: 441,546 — Pop. rank: #86
97.1

20. Seattle, Washington
Population: 3,059,393 — Pop. rank: #14
97.1

21. Fayetteville, North Carolina
Population: 310,282 — Pop. rank: #121
97.1

22. Bakersfield, California
Population: 523,994 — Pop. rank: #78
97.0

23. Charlotte, North Carolina
Population: 1,249,442 — Pop. rank: #37
97.0

24. Fort Wayne, Indiana
Population: 313,492 — Pop. rank: #118
97.0

25. Port St. Lucie, Florida
Population: 376,047 — Pop. rank: #100
97.0

26. Syracuse, New York
Population: 412,317 — Pop. rank: #89
97.0

27. Minneapolis, Minnesota
Population: 2,650,890 — Pop. rank: #16
97.0

28. Chattanooga, Tennessee
Population: 381,112 — Pop. rank: #99
97.0

29. Little Rock, Arkansas
Population: 431,388 — Pop. rank: #87
96.9

30. Rockford, Illinois
Population: 296,863 — Pop. rank: #125
96.9

31. Greensboro, North Carolina
Population: 311,810 — Pop. rank: #119
96.9

32. Concord, California
Population: 615,968 — Pop. rank: #65
96.9

33. Louisville, Kentucky
Population: 972,546 — Pop. rank: #42
96.9

34. Des Moines, Iowa
Population: 450,070 — Pop. rank: #84
96.9

35. Ann Arbor, Michigan
Population: 306,022 — Pop. rank: #123
96.8

36. Cleveland, Ohio
Population: 1,780,673 — Pop. rank: #24
96.8

37. Buffalo, New York
Population: 935,906 — Pop. rank: #45
96.8

38. Hampton Roads, Virginia
Population: 1,439,666 — Pop. rank: #33
96.8

39. Palm Bay, Florida
Population: 452,791 — Pop. rank: #83
96.7

40. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Population: 5,441,567 — Pop. rank: #5
96.7

41. Portland, Oregon
Population: 1,849,898 — Pop. rank: #23
96.7

42. Akron, Ohio
Population: 569,499 — Pop. rank: #70
96.7

43. Salt Lake City, Utah
Population: 1,021,243 — Pop. rank: #41
96.7

44. Shreveport, Louisiana
Population: 298,317 — Pop. rank: #124
96.6

45. Pensacola, Florida
Population: 340,067 — Pop. rank: #112
96.6

46. Cincinnati, Ohio
Population: 1,624,827 — Pop. rank: #29
96.6

47. Augusta, Georgia
Population: 386,787 — Pop. rank: #97
96.6

48. Memphis, Tennessee
Population: 1,060,061 — Pop. rank: #40
96.5

49. San Jose, California
Population: 1,664,496 — Pop. rank: #28
96.5

50. Columbia, South Carolina
Population: 549,777 — Pop. rank: #74
96.5

51. Houston, Texas
Population: 4,944,332 — Pop. rank: #7
96.5

52. Ogden, Utah
Population: 546,026 — Pop. rank: #76
96.5

53. Detroit, Michigan
Population: 3,734,090 — Pop. rank: #11
96.5

54. Wichita, Kansas
Population: 472,870 — Pop. rank: #82
96.4

55. Spokane, Washington
Population: 387,847 — Pop. rank: #95
96.4

56. Honolulu, Hawaii
Population: 802,459 — Pop. rank: #53
96.4

57. Fort Myers, Florida
Population: 530,290 — Pop. rank: #77
96.4

58. San Francisco, California
Population: 3,281,212 — Pop. rank: #13
96.3

59. New York and the Tri-State Area, New York
Population: 18,351,295 — Pop. rank: #1
96.3

60. Toledo, Ohio
Population: 507,643 — Pop. rank: #79
96.3

61. Stockton, California
Population: 370,583 — Pop. rank: #101
96.3

62. Tulsa, Oklahoma
Population: 655,479 — Pop. rank: #61
96.2

63. Nashville, Tennessee
Population: 969,587 — Pop. rank: #43
96.2

64. Phoenix, Arizona
Population: 3,629,114 — Pop. rank: #12
96.2

65. Denton, Texas
Population: 366,174 — Pop. rank: #103
96.2

66. Washington, D.C.
Population: 4,586,770 — Pop. rank: #8
96.1

67. St. Louis, Missouri
Population: 2,150,706 — Pop. rank: #20
96.1

68. Rochester, New York
Population: 720,572 — Pop. rank: #59
96.1

69. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Population: 444,474 — Pop. rank: #85
96.1

70. New Orleans, Louisiana
Population: 899,703 — Pop. rank: #48
96.1

71. Provo, Utah
Population: 482,819 — Pop. rank: #81
96.1

72. Madison, Wisconsin
Population: 401,661 — Pop. rank: #91
96.0

73. San Antonio, Texas
Population: 1,758,210 — Pop. rank: #25
96.0

74. Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Population: 594,309 — Pop. rank: #67
96.0

75. Grand Rapids, Michigan
Population: 569,935 — Pop. rank: #69
96.0

76. Corpus Christi, Texas
Population: 320,069 — Pop. rank: #115
95.9

77. Durham, North Carolina
Population: 347,602 - Pop. rank: #109
95.9

78. Kissimmee, Florida
Population: 314,071 — Pop. rank: #116
95.9

79. Jacksonville, Florida
Population: 1,065,219 - Pop. rank: #39
95.8

80. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Population: 1,733,853 — Pop. rank: #26
95.8

81. Austin, Texas
Population: 1,362,416 - Pop. rank: #36
95.8

82. Oxnard, California
Population: 367,260 - Pop. rank: #102
95.8

83. Baltimore, Maryland
Population: 2,203,663 — Pop. rank: #19
95.7

84. Miami, Florida
Population: 5,502,379 - Pop. rank: #4
95.7

85. Raleigh, North Carolina
Population: 884,891 — Pop. rank: #49
95.7

86. Youngstown, Ohio
Population: 387,550 — Pop. rank: #96
95.7

87. Greenville, South Carolina
Population: 400,492 — Pop. rank: #92
95.5

88. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Population: 861,505 — Pop. rank: #50
95.5

89. Flint, Michigan
Population: 356,218 — Pop. rank: #105
95.4

90. San Diego, California
Population: 2,956,746 — Pop. rank: #15
95.4

91. Victor Valley, California
Population: 328,454 — Pop. rank: #113
95.3

92. Daytona Beach, Florida
Population: 349,064 — Pop. rank: #108
95.2

93. Riverside, California
Population: 1,932,666 — Pop. rank: #21
95.2

94. Dayton, Ohio
Population: 724,091 - Pop. rank: #58
95.2

95. Sarasota, Florida
Population: 643,260 — Pop. rank: #63
95.2

96. Worcester, Massachusetts
Population: 486,514 — Pop. rank: #80
95.2

97. Mission Viejo, California
Population: 583,681 — Pop. rank: #68
95.1

98. Allentown, Pennsylvania
Population: 664,651 — Pop. rank: #60
95.1

99. Los Angeles, California
Population: 12,150,996 — Pop. rank: #2
95.1

100. Las Vegas, Nevada
Population: 1,886,011 — Pop. rank: #22
95.1

101. Indio, California
Population: 345,580 — Pop. rank: #110
95.0

102. Antelope Valley, California
Population: 341,219 — Pop. rank: #111
95.0

103. Tucson, Arizona
Population: 843,168 — Pop. rank: #51
95.0

104. Charleston, South Carolina
Population: 548,404 — Pop. rank: #75
94.8

105. Bridgeport and Stamford, Connecticut
Population: 923,311 — Pop. rank: #47
94.7

106. Birmingham, Alabama
Population: 749,495 — Pop. rank: #54
94.7

107. Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Population: 391,024 — Pop. rank: #94
94.7

108. New Haven, Connecticut
Population: 562,839 — Pop. rank: #71
94.7

109. El Paso, Texas
Population: 803,086 — Pop. rank: #52
94.6

110. Providence, Rhode Island
Population: 1,190,956 — Pop. rank: #38
94.6

111. McAllen, Texas
Population: 728,825 — Pop. rank: #56
94.6

112. Albany, New York
Population: 594,962 — Pop. rank: #66
94.5

113. Springfield, Massachusetts
Population: 621,300 — Pop. rank: #64
94.5

114. Reno, Nevada
Population: 392,141 — Pop. rank: #93
94.4

115. Boise, Idaho
Population: 349,684 - Pop. rank: #107
94.2

116. Colorado Springs, Colorado
Population: 559,409 — Pop. rank: #72
94.0

117. Hartford, Connecticut
Population: 924,859 — Pop. rank: #46
93.9

118. Albuquerque, New Mexico
Population: 741,318 — Pop. rank: #55
93.9

119. Denver, Colorado
Population: 2,374,203 — Pop. rank: #18
93.8

120. Bonita Springs, Florida
Population: 310,298 - Pop. rank: #120
93.6

121. Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Population: 402,004 — Pop. rank: #90
93.5

122. Santa Rosa, California
Population: 308,231 — Pop. rank: #122
93.3

123. Scranton, Pennsylvania
Population: 381,502 — Pop. rank: #98
91.9

124. Omaha, Nebraska
Population: 725,008 - Pop. rank: #57
91.3

125. Hudson Valley, New York
Population: 423,566 — Pop. rank: #88
88.1

Ookla Speedtest Mobile Report

1. Sioux Falls, S.D., 24.64 mbps
2. Seattle, 23.34 mbps
3. Detroit, 22.13 mbps
4. Atlanta 21.98 mbps
5. San Francisco, 21.88 mbps
6. Minneapolis, 21.5 mbps
7. New York, 21.24 mbps
8. Jacksonville, Fla., 21.02 mbps
9. Birmingham, Ala., 21.01 mbps
10. Indianapolis, 20.76 mbps
11. San Diego, 20.75 mbps
12. San Jose, Calif., 20.61 mbps
13. Portland, Ore., 20.07 mbps
14. Columbus, Ohio, 19.94 mbps
15. Virginia Beach, Va., 18.91 mbps
16. Fargo, N.D., 18.85 mbps
17. Milwaukee, Wis., 18.78 mbps
18. Kansas City, Mo., 18.64 mbps
19. Miami, 18.64 mbps
20. Pittsburgh, 18.51 mbps
21. Chicago, 18.14 mbps
22. Austin, Texas, 18.1 mbps
23. Los Angeles, 17.93 mbps
24. Wichita, Kan., 17.85 mbps
25. Washington, D.C., 17.8 mbps
26. Dallas, 17.77 mbps
27. Louisville, Ky., 17.73 mbps
28. Billings, Mont., 17.61 mbps
29. Salt Lake City, 17.23 mbps
30. Philadelphia, 17.21 mbps
31. Memphis, Tenn., 17.07 mbps
32. Phoenix, 17.05 mbps
33. Boston, 16.78 mbps
34. Houston, Texas, 16.73 mbps
35. Omaha, Neb., 16.49 mbps
36. Baltimore, 16.22 mbps
37. Nashville, Tenn., 16.21 mbps
38. Charlotte, N.C., 15.91 mbps
39. Las Vegas, 15.75 mbps
40. Albuquerque, 15.37 mbps
41. Oklahoma City, 15.2 mbps
42. New Orleans, 14.93 mbps
43. Boise, Idaho , 14.7 mbps
44. Denver, 12.29 mbps
45. Portland, Maine, 10.14 mbps

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