Cell Phone Tower Statistics
Statistic Verification
Source: Airwave Management LLC, Steel in the Air
Research Date: March 17th, 2015

The number of cell phone towers has grown from 900 towers in 1985 to over 200,000 in 2015. Questions: What is the total number of cell phone towers in the U.S.? How much does it cost to build a cell phone tower? How much does a cell phone carrier pay to lease a cell tower?

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Cell Phone Tower StatisticsData
Total number of cell phone towers in the US205,000
Total number of cell phone towers in the US in 1985900
Average cost of building a cell phone tower$150,000
Maximum range of a cell phone tower21.7 miles
Average yearly cell phone tower lease rate$45,000
Chances of being approved to build a cell tower on your property0.8 %
Lowest annual cost to lease a cell tower$100
Number of cell tower worker deaths per 100,000 workers183.6 per 100,000
Largest Cell Phone Tower OwnersNumber of Towers
Crown Castle39,739
American Tower28,463
SBA Communications14,873
United Cellular Co.4,802
Verizon Wireless1,400
T-Mobile Towers1,003
Time Warner950
Mediacom Communications750
Charter Communications650
Diamond Communications637
Trillion Partners635
South Carolina Educational TV600
Insite Towers583
Union Pacific Railroad Company513
Clear Channel497
BNSF Railroad387
Pegasus Wireless347
Subcarrier Communications307
SkyWay Towers250
Sprint Sites USA242
States With The Highest Cell Tower Lease RatesLease Rates
Massachusetts$91,000 – $535,000
New York$30,000 – $535,000
New Jersey$39,000 – $514,000
Maryland$121,000 – $489,000
Vermont$92,000 – $412,000
Arizona$17,000 – $283,000
New Hampshire$158,000 – $412,000
Pennsylvania$23,000 – $331,000
Florida$20,000 – $310,000
Georgia$25,000 – $265,000

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