Google Fiber Cities
Google Fiber is working on providing broadband speeds of 1000Mbps - about 100 times faster than today's basic speeds. Launching the new service very deliberate, Google has chosen to test its new high-speed broadband connections in a variety of US cities:
"These cities are led by people who have been working hard to bring faster Internet speeds and the latest technologies to their residents. We believe these are communities who will do amazing things with a gig. And they are diverse -- not just geographically, but in the ways they’ll give us opportunities to learn about the wide range of challenges and obstacles that communities might face in trying to build a new fiber network."
This quote made us wonder exactly how diverse (and perhaps representative) these cities were so we gathered some information on them from the US Census Bureau. This led to a dataset of 50 current, upcoming and potential Google Fiber locations, plus the averages of the 10 different states these cities are in as well as national averages.
US Cities with Google Fiber - Current, Upcoming and Potential
Fiber city median household incomes compared to state average
Looking at household incomes and citizens living below the poverty level it is clear most cities that will be experimenting with super-fast internet are relatively affluent. About 75% of the currently selected Fiber cities have above state average median households and below state average poor populations.
Fiber city poverty levels compared to state average
Demographic make up of each Fiber city
Seniors and minors in each Fiber city
White population compared to state average
Young population compared to state average
Highschool graduates and bachelor degrees
Education levels compared
A third indicator the census data would let us analyse is the education level of the various Fiber cities. The percentage of people with higher education in these cities was considerably higher than national and state averages. This is true for high school graduates -- with 43 communities out of 50 showing percentages above the national average of 86%. But it is particularly true for people with bachelor's degrees. Only 9 of the 50 Fiber communities did not show percentages that are well above their state averages.
Fiber city's population with a bachelor's degree compared to state average