America’s Most Unwired Cities

Digital Mecca, San Francisco, lost its top standing in Intel’s “Most Unwired Cities” survey for 2005, coming in behind Seattle.

The Northwest made great strides, with the Seattle area moving from last year’s sixth spot to most unwired region. Portland, Ore. and Vancouver, Wash. moved from fifth place last year to the fourth most unwired city group in 2005. San Francisco remained high on the list, but slipped to the second spot on the top 100 list.

Baton Rouge, La. made a notable gain, climbing 67 spots to 19 this year. Toledo, Ohio is another top five newcomer, up from a rank of 64 last year.

Intel sponsored the study, which was conducted by Bert Sperling. Findings are based on the availability of commercial, public and free wireless access points populate cities and metropolitan areas.

An additional Intel-sponsored study, conducted by Harris Interactive, looked at home Internet usage. It found close to one in five online adults has connected to the Internet via a wireless hotspot in a public location.


Most Unwired U.S. Cities, 2005
1. Seattle-Bellevue-Everett-Tacoma, Wash. 51. Ventura, Calif.
2. San Francisco-San Jose-Oakland, Calif. 52. Knoxville, Tenn.
3. Austin-San Marcos, Texas 53. Pittsburgh
4. Portland, Ore. – Vancouver, Wash. 54. Fresno, Calif.
5. Toledo, Ohio 55. Phoenix-Mesa, Ariz.
6. Atlanta 56. Buffalo-Niagara Falls, N.Y.
7. Denver 57. Providence, R.I. – Fall River-Warwick, Mass.
8. Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, N.C. 58. Columbia, S.C.
9. Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn. 59. Little Rock-North Little Rock, Ark.
10. Orange County, Calif. 60. Omaha, Neb./Iowa
11. San Diego 61. Tulsa, Okla.
12. Chicago 62. Cleveland-Lorain-Elyria, Ohio
13. Boston 63. Norfolk-Virginia Beach-Newport News, Va./N.C.
14. Washington, D.C. 64. Syracuse, N.Y.
15. Colorado Springs, Colo. 65. Indianapolis
16. Columbus, Ohio 66. New Haven-Meriden, Conn.
17. Charlotte-Gastonia, N.C. – Rock Hill, S.C. 67. Rochester, N.Y.
18. Sacramento, Calif. 68. Memphis, Tenn.
19. Baton Rouge, La. 69. Tucson, Ariz.
20. Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. 70. Dayton-Springfield, Ohio
21. New York-Nassau-Suffolk, N.Y. – Newark, N.J. 71. Wichita, Kan.
22. West Palm Beach-Boca Raton, Fla. 72. Mobile, Ala.
23. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas 73. Honolulu
24. Los Angeles-Long Beach, Calif. 74. Riverside-San Bernardino, Calif.
25. Kansas City, Mo./Kan. 75. El Paso, Texas
26. Milwaukee-Waukesha, Wis. 76. Middlesex-Somerset-Hunterdon, N.J.
27. Nashville, Tenn. 77. Johnson City-Kingsport, Tenn. – Bristol, Va.
28. Houston 78. Akron, Ohio
29. Melbourne-Titusville-Palm Bay, Fla. 79. Grand Rapids-Muskegon – Holland, Mich.
30. Albuquerque, N.M. 80. Bergen-Passaic, N.J.
31. Hartford, Conn. 81. Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson, S.C.
32. Charleston-North Charleston, S.C. 82. Springfield, Mass.
33. Salt Lake City-Ogden, Utah 83. Oklahoma City, Okla.
34. Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Fla. 84. Worcester, Mass.
35. St. Louis 85. Stockton-Lodi, Calif.
36. Jacksonville, Fla. 86. Louisville, Ky./Ind.
37. Detroit 87. Birmingham, Ala.
38. New Orleans 88. Monmouth-Ocean, N.J.
39. Richmond-Petersburg, Va. 89. Augusta, Ga. – Aiken, S.C.
40. Vallejo-Fairfield-Napa, Calif. 90. Jersey City, N.J.
41. San Antonio 91. Sarasota-Bradenton, Fla.
42. Las Vegas 92. Gary, Ind.
43. Cincinnati 93. Fort Wayne, Ind.
44. Baltimore 94. Daytona Beach, Fla.
45. Ann Arbor, Mich. 95. Wilmington, Del.-Newark, Md.
46. Albany-Schenectady-Troy, N.Y. 96. Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, Pa.
47. Harrisburg-Lebanon-Carlisle, Pa. 97. Youngstown-Warren, Ohio
48. Greensboro-Winston-Salem-High Point, N.C. 98. Bakersfield, Calif.
49. Orlando, Fla. 99. Scranton-Wilkes-Barre-Hazleton, Pa.
50. Philadelphia 100. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas
Source: Intel, 2005

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