The largest 10 US cities and their 4G LTE coverage rank in 2013

The largest 10 US cities and their 4G LTE coverage rank in 2013

Summary: From New York City to San Jose, what are the average 4G download and upload speeds, and what carriers offer the best speed, reliability and coverage?


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  • 4. Houston

    City: Houston

    Population: 2,160,821 

    Average 4G LTE upload speed: 8.4 mbps

    Average 4G LTE download speed: 7.3 mbps

    Best speed: T-Mobile 

    Best coverage: AT&T 

    Best reliability: T-Mobile 

    Houston, the largest city in Texas, is located in the southeast part of the state near the Gulf of Mexico. Houston is well-known for oil and natural-gas production and is an energy capital of the world.

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  • 3. Chicago

    City: Chicago

    Population: 2,714,856 

    Average 4G LTE upload speed: 7.4 mbps

    Average 4G LTE download speed: 6.6 mbps

    Best speed: AT&T

    Best coverage: AT&T

    Best reliability: T-Mobile 

    Chicago is the largest city in Illinois and the seat of Cook County. Chicago is a major Great Lakes port and the commercial, financial, industrial, and cultural center of the Midwest.

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  • 2. Los Angeles

    City: Los Angeles

    Population: 3,857,799 

    Average 4G LTE upload speed: 7.15 mbps

    Average 4G LTE download speed: 7.45 mbps

    Best speed: AT&T 

    Best coverage: Verizon

    Best reliability: T-Mobile

    Los Angeles is the largest city in California and the second largest urban nation in the United States. Los Angeles is a major hub of shipping, manufacturing, industry, and finance, and is a well-known tourist destination.

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  • Oh, by the way

    Africa is a continent, not a country. And people from that continent do not tend to take kindly to Europeans and Americans getting that one wrong...
    • Cradle of Humanity

      The Ameropeans fear the fear of fearing the fear of fear its self. They likely legislate this type of comment to be Treason soon.
    • Unless there's been an edit, or I can't read

      it states, "foundations have been laid for these services in CONTINENTS including Africa." (caps mine)
  • Texas cities

    Ok, we all know Houston is the largest city in Texas, and we all know journalists tend to be math challenged, but surely it is obvious that with 1.3 million people, San Antonio is larger than Dallas with 1.2 million people. I guess it is Dallas' press coverage that makes it seem larger. Grin.
    Note that I get MUCH better speeds here in Fort Worth than ANY mentioned in the lists, except at my home that is behind a hill from the tower. Would need to know how those speeds were determined to make reasonable comparisons.
    • Average Speeds

      I'm hoping they went to the busiest parts of the cities, because I certainly get, on average, faster speeds than what's listed across every carrier that has LTE, except for Sprint.
  • Canada?

    It's a shame Canada doesn't exist anywhere...
  • Sprint in Arizona

    Number 6 reported Phoenix but it listed Sprint as "Best Coverage". Sorry to report but even Sprint's coverage map doesn't show any 4G available in Arizona. They have great coverage for 3G.
    Silent Observer
  • [YAWN] - So how about the folks who REALLY need it, in remote locations?

    I mean this is just Soooo routine, it's laughable (but not really) - everyone in "big cities" can get great coverage - but why do you ignore the folks who have either chosen to, or are stuck with living in more remote areas??? Methinks THAT would a much more important topic to research & cover - big city data is so readily available it can't be much work to just repeat what it shows... Most of them not only lack choices, but also lack anything resembling reasonable service.
    Sorry Charlie - U S of A seems to have many more needs than "merry olde" seems to have....