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Here are all the US cities with 5G coverage
All the major US carriers have already launched 5G networks and are working hard to expand nationwide. Some rely on millimeter-wave (mmWave) technology for higher speeds, while others favor lower-band spectrums for better coverage. This post looks at all the 5G cities in the US by carrier and talks a bit about speeds, frequencies, and more.
We should note that AT&T and Verizon have both agreed to pause their 5G rollouts for two weeks as of January 2022. The move comes at the request of Boeing and Airbus, citing that the 5G towers can interfere with planes. We will let you know when the rollout resumes.
Mashable also shared this rumor recently, in case you need a 5G-based laugh.
Also read: The best 5G phones you can buy right now
Verizon 5G cities
Verizon’s 5G network uses 28GHz and 39GHz bands, both high-band millimeter wave (mmWave) frequencies. That means the network can produce high speeds but isn’t the best for coverage and building penetration — making it difficult if not impossible to use 5G indoors.
Our own Eric Zeman tested Verizon’s 5G network back in 2019 while in Chicago and reached a maximum peak download speed of 1.256Gbps. To put this into context, the speed allows you to download a 50-minute episode of Stranger Things in about 12 seconds.
However, we achieved those results by practically standing under the 5G nodes. Across the city, the average download speed was a lot slower (but still fast) at 594Mbps.
The big red network has also launched a 5G Home service that hooks its fastest speeds right into your home. It is now available in 57 cities nationwide, many of which are listed below.
Verizon has deployed 5G in many cities across the US, with more joining the list soon. You can check out these cities below. Additionally, you can check out Verizon’s coverage map to see 5G markets in more detail.
Verizon’s 5G cities:
- Ann Arbor
- Colorado Springs
- Delaware beaches
- Des Moines
- Fort Wayne
- Grand Rapids
- Hampton Roads
- Jersey City
- Jersey Shore beaches
- Kansas City
- Las Vegas
- Little Rock
- Los Angeles
- New York City
- New England
- Niagara Falls
- Ocean City
- Oklahoma City
- Panama City
- Salt Lake City
- San Diego
- San Francisco
- San Jose
- Sioux Falls
- St. Louis
- St. Paul
- St Petersburg
- Washington D.C.
T-Mobile 5G cities
Whereas Verizon relies solely on millimeter wave technology for its 5G network, T-Mobile has a different approach. The carrier is using its collection of 600MHz spectrum as the foundation of its 5G service. The 600MHz band — sometimes referred to as Band 71 — is much better at penetrating buildings and works well over longer distances. However, it isn’t as fast as mmWave.
T-Mobile’s 5G signal is available across the country. The carrier switched on the nationwide network back in December 2019, covering around 5,000 cities and 200 million people. You can check out the map on T-Mobile’s website to see precisely where 5G is and isn’t available at the moment.
However, the carrier also offers millimeter-wave coverage (39GHz and 28GHz), which it’s calling Ultra Capacity. It’s far more limited than the Extended Range 5G and is available in most major cities. We tested it out and New York City a while back — check out the download speeds achieved here. There are too many towns and cities to list for Ultra Capacity, so your best bet is to check out the map linked above.
AT&T 5G cities
The company uses the term 5G to describe its 850Mhz network and 5G Plus for its mmWave service. 5G is available in around 100 cities, while 5G Plus is live in parts of 38 cities.
5G Plus is the faster of the two options because it uses the mmWave technology, which also means it offers less coverage and doesn’t penetrate buildings that well — you’ll have a hard time using it indoors. However, AT&T has been rolling its 5G Plus service out to arenas and ballparks nationwide. Here are the places you can expect 5G Plus:
AT&T’s 5G Plus cities:
- AZ: Phoenix
- CA: Los Angeles, Menlo Park, Oakland, Redwood City, San Bruno, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, West Hollywood, Dodger Stadium, Oracle Park
- CO: Ball Arena
- FL: Jacksonville, Miami, Miami Gardens, Orlando, Tampa, Tampa International Airport, FTX Arena, Hard Rock Stadium, Raymond James Stadium
- GA: Atlanta, Mercedes Benz Stadium, State Farm Arena
- IL: Chicago, United Center
- IN: Indianapolis, Lucas Oil Stadium
- KY: Louisville
- LA: New Orleans, Mercedes Benz Stadium, Smoothie King Center
- MD: Baltimore, Ocean City
- MI: Detroit
- MN: Target Center, US Bank Stadium
- NC: Charlotte, Raleigh, Bank of America Stadium, Spectrum Center
- NV: Las Vegas
- NY: New York City
- OH: Cleveland
- OK: Oklahoma City
- PA: King of Prussia, Philadelphia
- TN: Nashville
- TX: Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Waco, AT&T Dallas Stadium, AT&T Center, Toyota Center, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
- UT: Vivint Arena
- Washington DC: Capital One Arena
- WA: Downtown Seattle Stadium
- WI: Milwaukee, American Family Field, Fiserv Forum