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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|Source: Intel, 2005|
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