If you’re daydreaming about escaping the city for a farmhouse in New England, you aren’t alone. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, many remote workers are selling downtown condos and moving to the country, where social distancing is easier, outdoor recreation opportunities abound, and real estate is more affordable.1,2,3 But not all rural areas have decent internet speeds—and a good internet speed is one thing we know you’ll want wherever you go.
Two of the top (lowest) places in the country are right here in the Bluegrass. During the pandemic, we’ve all heard and written about places where there’s no internet available and parents are taking children to nearby parking lots so they can have some access to do virtual learning.
Hyden, KY., in Leslie County carries the stigma of having the slowest internet speed in the entire U.S. A study shows just 4.2 Mbps. That’s more than a whole Mbps slower than number two on the list — Mountain View, MO. But look on down the list a short way and you’ll find another Kentucky community — Grayson in northeast Kentucky — coming in as the 20th slowest. And if you look at Grayson’s 11.2 Mbps, you’ll note it’s close to being the 17th slowest.
Now to be fair, we have to look at the other side — the rural communities with the fastest internet speed. On that list, you’ll find one from the commonwealth — Scottsville in the southern part of the state. Scottsville has a 79.7 Mbps rating,
So, where can you escape the city and still get reliable internet? Let’s look at the data.
You can view the full report with a full ranking, here: https://www.satelliteinternet.com/resources/high-speed-internet-for-rural-areas/#map