MN is number three Best State – and number 10 for Internet access

US News and World Reports just released the Best State Rankings. Minnesota is ranked third overall. So that’s definitely well above average.

best-stateHere’s how we ranked on the individual categories:

  • Health Care: 3
  • Education: 11
  • Crime & Corrections: 17
  • Infrastructure: 5
  • Opportunity: 2
  • Economy: 12
  • Government: 24

Infrastructure is energy, Internet access and transportation. Here’s how we did there:

  • Energy: 11
  • Internet access: 10
  • Transportation: 5

The internet rankings measure download speed for broadband and the percentage of households with broadband internet. Here’s how we did there:

  • Households with Internet access (of those with a computer): 12 (at 84.8 percent)
  • Online download speed: 12 (with about 86.4 percent having access to 100 Mbps)

I’m not going to dig too deeply into definition or research methods – but on a Friday, it’s just nice to see we’re #3! It feels like that’s the A- of rankings. You’re proud to tell your parents but you know someone’s going to point out room for improvement!

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About Ann Treacy

I have a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. I have been interested or involved in providing access to information through the Internet since 1994, when I worked for Minnesota’s first Internet service provider. I am pleased to be a part of the Blandin on Broadband Team. I also work with MN Coalition on Government Information, Minnesota Rural Partners, and the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

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