Welcome to our bi-weekly series where we analyze average internet speeds in a clustered region in the United States.
Today, we're looking at three states in the upper-left corner of the United States: Washington, Oregon and Idaho, known most commonly as the Pacific Northwest.
Here are the average internet speeds for each state:
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Washington State Average Internet Speeds
Washington really is a tale of two cities (or halves), with Seattle being one of the largest tech hubs in the country. But just outside of King County, things get rural real fast. With that, a city with fast internet suddenly becomes miles and miles of farmland just east of the Cascade Mountain Range.
Average speeds statewide still rank fairly well on the national level, with the state ranking 14th each year when it comes to overall broadband speeds according to our numbers. The average consumer in Washington will get speeds hovering around 42-43 Mbps.
Check out the individual broadband internet coverage for a variety of major cities in Washington here:
Oregon Average Internet Speeds
Similar to Washington, Oregon broadband availability seems to be split down the middle by a mountain range, with major cities like Portland and Eugene sitting on the I-5 corridor, with other more rural areas out east. The state falls safely in the middle of average broadband internet speeds at 24th best internet in the United States.
The average internet speed for most Oregon consumers comes in around 37 Mbps.
You can check out internet speeds in some of the larger cities in Oregon here:
Idaho Average Internet Speeds
Idaho falls into the rural category when it comes to internet speed averages. While several major cities in the state have great broadband internet connectivity, a large percentage of the rural land does not have the same blessing. Idaho currently ranks 36th on our national ranking of states by broadband internet speed averages.
Currently, Idaho residents can expect to see an average internet download speed that floats close to 28 Mbps. This is still plenty fast for most internet-related things like streaming, but might get bogged down with heavier HD streams on multiple devices.
Get some more internet speed information about specific cities in Idaho below:
Overall, the Northwest seems to be anchored by a handful of major cities when it comes to top-performing internet speeds, but a large rural sprawl creates overall lower-than-average internet as a region, especially when compared to some East Coast regions. Regardless, it shouldn't be too much trouble to find reliable internet in most of the more populated cities in the area.
Have any questions about any of the above regions? Ask us below in the comments and we'll get back to you as soon as we can with the information you need!