Big cities aren't always best when it comes to cell service

Sam Jayne / Axios

If you are looking for the best wireless service in the country, you might need to look in some unexpected places.

Indeed, in the most recent RootMetrics study, it was Lansing, Mich., that had the best wireless service, with cities like Modesto, Calif. and Port St. Lucie, Fla. also in the top five for the first half of 2017.

Among the top 10 cities, only Chicago ranked in the top five, coming in at No. 3. New York slid a few places, from No. 66 to No. 72, while Boston showed the biggest jump among the ten largest cities, climbing 42 spots, to No. 55 from No. 97.