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Nationwide Average Coverage Scores

Below are the average coverage scores from over 11,000 cities for all 4 major providers. Coverage scores are based on a comparison of other providers in the area. This score allows us to take into account the fact that it’s far easier to cover large urban areas.

Winner: Verizon

Verizon 91.1%

#2: T-Mobile

T-Mobile 84.4%

#3: AT&T

AT&T 83.8%

#4: Sprint

Sprint 74.9%

Number of Cities With Best Coverage

The story is similar when you look at how many cities each provider won in terms of coverage. This data is for all cities where we have reliable data; urban and rural areas are weighted equally in the third column below.

Provider Average Score Percent of Cities with Top Coverage
Verizon 91.1 52%
T-Mobile 84.4 20%
AT&T 83.8 22%
Sprint 74.9 5%

Verizon has the best coverage in over half of cities in the US. Despite lower average scores than T-Mobile, AT&T has a few more cities with superior coverage. Small providers (i wireless, U.S. cellular, nTelos, etc.) won about 1% of cities, but these providers often use the larger providers’ networks.

Best Coverage by State

Nationwide figures are important if you travel often, but if you mostly stay in one or two states you can find the best provider by state by looking below. The table below shows the percent of cities the provider has the best coverage in.

State AT&T Sprint T-Mobile Verizon
Alabama 26% 4% 24% 46%
Alaska 71% 0% 0% 0%
Arizona 24% 19% 24% 30%
Arkansas 44% 8% 12% 37%
California 26% 20% 27% 26%
Colorado 22% 22% 23% 30%
Connecticut 21% 22% 26% 30%
Delaware 21% 19% 18% 42%
District of Columbia 25% 25% 25% 25%
Florida 25% 20% 26% 29%
Georgia 24% 13% 20% 43%
Hawaii 22% 21% 28% 29%
Idaho 24% 14% 24% 39%
Illinois 26% 21% 22% 31%
Indiana 32% 17% 14% 38%
Iowa 12% 12% 8% 40%
Kansas 22% 20% 23% 34%
Kentucky 43% 10% 16% 31%
Louisiana 45% 13% 16% 26%
Maine 25% 7% 5% 57%
Maryland 25% 20% 24% 31%
Massachusetts 23% 21% 27% 29%
Michigan 19% 24% 22% 36%
Minnesota 21% 17% 25% 37%
Mississippi 34% 15% 21% 25%
Missouri 37% 16% 17% 30%
Montana 14% 0% 0% 86%
Nebraska 19% 23% 5% 42%
Nevada 23% 17% 29% 31%
New Hampshire 26% 6% 18% 51%
New Jersey 25% 21% 26% 28%
New Mexico 25% 18% 28% 29%
New York 26% 18% 22% 34%
North Carolina 22% 14% 21% 43%
North Dakota 16% 11% 21% 53%
Ohio 22% 18% 18% 41%
Oklahoma 43% 17% 20% 20%
Oregon 24% 15% 21% 39%
Pennsylvania 28% 17% 22% 34%
Rhode Island 20% 23% 28% 29%
South Carolina 23% 16% 28% 33%
South Dakota 36% 10% 8% 46%
Tennessee 23% 14% 17% 46%
Texas 29% 19% 25% 26%
Utah 21% 19% 31% 29%
Vermont 12% 14% 0% 75%
Virginia 20% 20% 13% 42%
Washington 21% 17% 28% 35%
West Virginia 48% 15% 6% 28%
Wisconsin 23% 18% 14% 38%
Wyoming 41% 0% 18% 41%

So while Verizon might have the best coverage overall and in most states, there are a few exceptions.

  • T-Mobile has the best coverage in California and Utah.
  • AT&T has the best coverage in Texas, Missouri, Louisiana, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Arkansas, West Virginia, Alaska, Wyoming, and the District of Columbia
  • Verizon has the best coverage in all other states.

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