Seattle Named America's Most Wired City

By February 04, 2009

Seattle is America’s most wired city. Insert bad Starbucks joke. The Emerald City replaced Atlanta as number one on Forbes’ annual 'most wired' list, mainly due to an increase in broadband adoption. The Georgia metropolis, which had been number one in Forbes’ two previous lists, ranked second. Washington DC ranked third, after seeing a large increase in broadband users. The list, created using data from Nielsen Online, Scarborough Research, Federal Communications Commission, JiWire, U.S. Census Bureau, calculates which cities have the most broadband adoption and access options, and wireless hotspots.

Orlando, center of one of America’s most massive tourist industries, ranked fourth on the list. Benefiting from its role as academic and cultural center, Boston was fifth.

Rounding out the top ten are:

6. Miami, Fla.

7. Minneapolis, Minn.

8. Denver, Colo.

9. New York City

10. Baltimore, Md.

San Francisco has the most tech-savvy residents, ranking number one in broadband adoption, but its lack of Wi-Fi hotspots and limited number of broadband carriers caused it to fall out of the top ten. Our home city is 23rd in access options and 16th in Wi-Fi hotspots.

Overall, the states with the most cities on the list are California (San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco), Florida (Orlando, Miami, Tampa), and Ohio (Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus).

Ohio shows how successful a statewide broadband-adoption strategy can be. Hopefully, other states will follow the Buckeye State's lead, as it becomes ever clearer how a region’s economic and cultural well being depends on its Internet infrastructure.

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