The average download speed increased by a solid 10 Mbps nationwide over the previous year. As of March 2015, the average download speed in the US is 33.9Mbps — in part, to increased infrastructure investments by ISPs. That figure puts the US ahead of a number of European nations including the UK (30.18Mbps), Germany (29.95Mbps), Spain (28.28Mbps) and Ireland (27.29Mbps). But don’t start chanting “SCOREBOARD!” just yet. Those speeds are only enough to move the US up to 27th out of 199 connected countries worldwide and roughly half of what South Korea (84.31Mbps) and Japan (60.49Mbps) enjoy.
These figures come from Ookla’s Speedtest March 2015 survey. In April of last year, America’s national average hovered at 23.9 Mbps; barely better than the global average of 22.9Mbps. And it’s not as though every state of the union enjoyed these speeds. While Washington, Missouri, New York, California and Utah offered the highest average download speeds (ranging from approximately 40 to 45Mbps), states like Maine, Kentucky and Idaho could only muster between 17.7 and 20.9Mbps.