All the major carriers in the US have already launched 5G networks and are working hard to expand them across the country. Some are relying more on millimeter wave (mmWave) technology for higher speeds, while others favor the use of low-band spectrums for better coverage. In this post, we take a look at all the 5G cities in the US by carrier and talk a bit about speeds, frequencies, and more.
Also read: The best 5G phones you can buy right now
Verizon 5G cities
Verizon’s 5G network uses 28GHz and 39GHz bands, both of which are high-band millimeter wave (mmWave) frequencies. That means the network can produce high speeds but isn’t the best when it comes to coverage and building penetration — making it difficult if not impossible to use 5G indoors.
Our very own Eric Zeman tested Verizon’s 5G network last year in Chicago and was able to reach 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, those results were achieved by practically standing under the 5G nodes. Across the city, the average download speed was a lot slower (but still fast) at 594Mbps.
Verizon has deployed 5G in 35 cities across the US so far, with more joining the list soon. You can check out these cities below and click on any of them to see exactly which parts of the city are covered.
Verizon’s 5G cities:
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 that covers around 5,000 cities and 200 million people. You can check out the map on T-Mobile’s website to see exactly where 5G is and isn’t available at the moment
However, the carrier also offers millimeter-wave coverage (39GHz and 28GHz), although it’s only available in parts of the six large cities listed below. We tested it out and New York City — check out the download speeds achieved here.
T-Mobile’s 5G cities (mmWave):
- Las Vegas
- Los Angeles
- New York
AT&T 5G cities
The company is using the term 5G to describe its 850Mhz network and the term 5G Plus for its mmWave service. 5G is available in around 100 cities, while 5G Plus is live in parts of 35 cities.
5G Plus is the faster of the two options because it uses the mmWave technology, but that also means it offers less coverage and doesn’t penetrate buildings that well — you’ll have a hard time using it indoors. 5G, on the other hand, offers better coverage but slower speeds. You can check out all the cities both services are available in below.
AT&T’s 5G cities:
- AL: Anniston, Birmingham, Dothan, Franklin County, Florence, Gadsden, Huntsville, Lamar County, Mobile, Tuscaloosa
- AK: Anchorage, Wade-Hampton County
- AZ: Gila, Mohave County
- AR: Clay County, Cleburne County, Cross County, Fayetteville-Springdale, Fort Smith, Franklin County, Hempstead County, Little Rock, Madison County, Ouachita County, Polk County, Pope County, Sharp County
- CA: Alpine County, Bakersfield, Chico, El Dorado County, Fresno, Kings County, Los Angeles, Madera County, Modesto, Mono County, Oxnard, Redding, Sacramento, Salinas, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, Sierra County, Stockton, Tehana County, Vallejo, Visalia-Tulare, Yuba City
- CO: Colorado Springs, Denver, Fort Collins-Loveland, Greeley, Saguache, San Miguel County
- CT: Bridgeport, Hartford, New Haven, New London-Norwich
- DE: Kent County, Wilmington
- DC: Washington
- FL: Bradenton, Calhoun County, Citrus County, Collier County, Daytone Beach, Dixie County, Fort Myers, Fort Pierce, Fort Walton Beach, Gainesville, Glades County, Hamilton County, Hardee County, Jacksonville, Jefferson County, Lakeland, Melbourne, Miami, Monroe County, Ocala, Orlando, Pensacola, Putnam County, Sarasota, Tallahassee, Tampa, Walton County, West Palm Beach
- GA: Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Bleckley County, Chattooga County, Dawson County, Early County, Hancock County, Jasper County, Liberty, Macon, Marion County, Warren County, Whitfield County, Worth
- HI: Honolulu, Maui County
- ID: Boise City, Boundary County, Elmore County, Idaho County
- IL: Adams County, Alton-Granite City, Aurora-Elgin, Bureau County, Champaign-Urbana, Chicago, Clay County, Joliet, Mason County, Montgomery County, Springfield, Vermilion County, Washington County
- IN: Bloomington, Brown County, Decatur County, Elkhart-Goshen, Evansville, Fort Wayne, Gary, Huntington County, Indianapolis, Kosciusko County, Muncie, Newton County, Randolph County, South Bend, Warren County
- IA/NE: Sioux City
- KS: Brown County, Lawrence, Topeka, Wichita
- KY: Fulton County, Lexington-Fayette, Louisville, Mason County, Meade County, Spencer County, Trimble County
- LA: Baton Rouge, Beauregard Parish, Caldwell Parish, Claiborne Parish, Houma-Thibodaux, Iberville Parish, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Massachusetts, Monroe, Morehouse Parish, New Orleans, Plaquemines Parish, Springfield, Shreveport, St. James Parish, West Feliciana Parish
- ME: Portland
- MD: Baltimore, Cumberland, Frederick, Garrett County, Hagerstown, Kent County
- MA: Boston, New Bedford, Springfield, Worcester
- MI: Alger County, Allegan County, Battle Creek, Benton Harbor, Cass County, Cheboygan County, Detroit, Gogebic County, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Manistee County, Muskegon, Newaygo
- MN: Chippewa County, Duluth, Hubbard County, Koochinching County, Lake of the Woods, Le Sueur County, Minneapolis, Rochester, St. Cloud
- MS: Jackson, Leake County
- MO: Bates County, Callaway County, Columbia, De Kalb County, Joplin, Kansas City, Moniteau County, Saline County, Springfield, St. Joseph, St. Louis
- MT: Beaverhead County, Billings, Deer Lounge County, Great Falls, Lincoln County, Mineral County
- NV: Lander County, Las Vegas, Reno, Storey County
- NH: Portsmouth
- NJ: Atlantic City, Hunterdon County, Long Branch, New Brunswick, Ocean County, Sussex County, Trenton, Vineland-Millville
- NM: Colfax County, Grant County, Las Cruces, Lincoln County, San Juan County, Santa Fe County
- NY: Albany, Binghamton, Buffalo, Chautauqua County, Elmira, Glen Falls, Jefferson County, New York City, Orange County, Otsego County, Poughkeepsie, Rochester, Syracuse, Utica-Rome, Yates County
- NC: Anson County, Hickory
- ND: Fargo-Moorhead, Grand Forks
- OH: Ashtabula County, Cincinnati, Clinton County, Columbiana County, Columbus, Dayton, Hamilton, Hancock County, Lima, Mansfield, Mercer County, Morrow County, Perry County, Ross County, Sandusky County, Springfield, Steubenville, Tuscarawas County, Williams County, Youngstown
- OK: Beckham County, Garvin, Grant County, Tulsa
- OR: Clatsop County, Eugene-Springfield, Lincoln County, Medford, Portland, Salem, The Dalles
- PA: Allentown, Altoona, Bedford County, Bradford County, Crawford County, Greene County, Harrisburg, Huntingdon County, Jefferson County, Johnstown, Lancaster, Lawrence County, Lebanon County, Northeastern, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Reading, Sharon, State College, Union County, Wayne County, Williamsport, York
- PR: Adjuntas Municipality, Aguadilla, Aibonito Municipality, Arecibo, Ceiba Municipality, Ciales Municipality, Mayaguez, Ponce, Rincon Municipality, San Juan
- RI: Newport County, Providence
- SC: Anderson, Calhoun County, Cherokee County, Laurens County, Oconee County
- SD: Kingsbury County, Marshall County
- TN: Chattanooga, Fayette County, Giles County, Lake County, Maury County, Memphis, Nashville
- TX: Abilene, Amarillo, Atascosa County, Austin, Beaumont, Brownsville, Burleson County, Bryan-College Station, Concho County, Corpus Cristi, Dallas, DeSoto, Edwards County, Fannin County, Galveston, Houston, Jack County, Killeen-Temple, Laredo, Lubbock, McAllen, Navarro County, Newton County, Parmer County, Runnels County, San Antonio, Sherman-Denison, Tyler, Victoria, Waco, Wilson County
- USVI: St. Croix, St. Thomas
- UT: Beaver County, Box Elder County, Provo, Salt Lake City
- VA: Caroline County, Danville, Frederick County, Madison County
- WA: Bellingham, Clallam County, D.C., Ferry County, Kittitas County, Okanogan County, Olympia, Pacific County, Richland-Kennewick, Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma, Yakima
- WV: Charleston, Grant County, Huntington-Ashland, Monongalia County, Parkersburg-Marietta, Raleigh County, Tucker County, Wetzel County, Wheeling
- WI: Columbia County, Janesville – Beloit, Kenosha, Madison, Milwaukee, Racine, Sheboygan, Wood County
- WY: Casper, Sheridan County
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
- FL: Jacksonville, Miami, Miami Gardens, Orlando
- GA: Atlanta
- IN: Indianapolis
- KY: Louisville
- LA: New Orleans
- MD: Baltimore, Ocean City
- MI: Detroit
- NC: Charlotte, Raleigh
- 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
Sprint 5G cities
Sprint is using the 2.5GHz spectrum to deliver 5G, which is considered mid-band when compared to Verizon’s high-band mmWave spectrum. Our very own Eric Zeman tested out the network in Dallas, Texas, and found that the average download speed was around 190Mbps. The maximum speed achieved was 690Mbps.
This is slower than what you get with Verizon (see the Verizon section above), but the 5G experience offered by Sprint is more reliable, delivering consistent speeds when you’re on the move. However, the number of cities Sprint’s 5G network is available in is limited.
Now that Sprint and T-Mobile are going through a merger, though, you can expects their lists of 5G cities to also be combined and expanded.
Sprint’s 5G cities:
- Dallas-Fort Worth
- Kansas City
- Los Angeles
- New York
- Washington, D.C.