Cell Phone Tower Statistics
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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 Statistics Data
Total number of cell phone towers in the US 205,000
Total number of cell phone towers in the US in 1985 900
Average cost of building a cell phone tower $150,000
Maximum range of a cell phone tower 21.7 miles
Average yearly cell phone tower lease rate $45,000
Chances of being approved to build a cell tower on your property 0.8 %
Lowest annual cost to lease a cell tower $100
Number of cell tower worker deaths per 100,000 workers 183.6 per 100,000
Largest Cell Phone Tower Owners Number of Towers
Crown Castle 39,739
American Tower 28,463
SBA Communications 14,873
United Cellular Co. 4,802
Verizon Wireless 1,400
T-Mobile Towers 1,003
Time Warner 950
Mediacom Communications 750
Charter Communications 650
Diamond Communications 637
Trillion Partners 635
South Carolina Educational TV 600
Insite Towers 583
Union Pacific Railroad Company 513
Clear Channel 497
BNSF Railroad 387
Pegasus Wireless 347
Subcarrier Communications 307
SkyWay Towers 250
Sprint Sites USA 242
States With The Highest Cell Tower Lease Rates Lease 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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