These Are The Most Dangerous States To Lose Service In [New Report]

Map of the U.S. with 10 Deadzones with High Crime Rates

Percent of state population without high-speed internet

Whether you’re on the subway, walking around town, or sitting on your couch at home, you’ve likely experienced a cellphone dead zone where your call suddenly drops or you can’t access the internet.

If you’re moving around, you may be too far from a cell tower, or a building, tree, or another barrier could interfere with your phone’s transmission signal. And if you’re sitting at home, there’s a chance a dense cloud can block your cell coverage or a high volume of users accessing a particular cell tower can affect your signal strength.

Dead zones are frustrating, but they can also be frightening if you can’t use your phone in an unfamiliar or high-crime area. Below, we’ve listed top areas in each state with dead zones and compared high crime rates to the national average.

Girl texting on her phone

Top County in Each State with Deadzones

1. Catron County, New Mexico
2. Somerset County, Maryland
3. Dixie County, Florida
4. Terrell County, Texas
5. Saluda County, South Carolina
6. Nye County, Nevada
7. Greene County, Alabama
8. Glascock County, Georgia
9. Marion County, Mississippi
10. Red River County, Louisiana


These rankings range from 1 to 100, with 100 being the highest level of crime.

The areas we list below rank higher than the national average for the following:


Property crime: 38.1 | Violent crime: 31.1 |  Murder rate: 5.3

Bar graphs of state with highest violent crimes


Burglar Trying to Break Into a Car


Be careful when exploring these areas and know that you may have trouble getting cell reception or accessing the internet in an emergency.





Tips for Getting Reception in a Dead Zone

If you live in or are visiting these areas, there are ways you can potentially boost your reception or gain internet access:

  • Invest in high-speed internet. There’s always the possibility that your internet connection just isn’t fast enough to match your needs. Try switching to high-speed internet to see if that helps or solves the problem.
  • Find higher ground. If you think a tree or building is blocking your signal, try to gain ground. Walk up to the top floor of your home or drive to a slightly higher elevation for a stronger signal.
  • Get a cellphone or Wi-Fi signal booster. Many cellphone carriers and internet providers offer boosters that improve your cell signal or Wi-Fi connection. Pick either of these items and see how they enhance your phone’s ability to make calls, send texts, or connect to the web.
  • Stop driving or walking. When you’re driving or walking, your phone has to keep adjusting for your location. Find a place to stop and give your phone a chance to get a signal.

Knowing the cities with high crime rates and dead zones can help you feel more confident and aware when you’re exploring the area. Try a few of these tips for a better signal if you find yourself in a dead zone.


To build this list, we first looked at cities that don’t have cellphone reception—areas otherwise known as dead zones. We also looked at areas where internet service isn’t available or isn’t reliable. We then compared these two lists to cities and counties with high violent crime and property crime rankings and murder rate rankings compared to the national average, available from Sperling’s Best Places to Live and the FBI’s annual crime data report.