Minnesota Broadband County Ranking for speeds of 100/20 for 2018

I’m starting to work on County Broadband Profiles and in the process, I found a map that highlights percentage of households served by wireline service as defined by at least 100 Mbps down and 20 Mbps up by county. So I pulled out the numbers from each county to see how various counties rank. (I looked at rank for speeds of 25/3 earlier this year.)

Here are the top 10 ranking counties:

  1. Rock (99.93% covered)
  2. Ramsey (99.82 % covered)
  3. Hennepin (98.97% covered)
  4. Big Stone (98.91% covered)
  5. Anoka (97.86% covered)
  6. Lac qui Parle (97.35% covered)
  7. Stevens (96.747% covered)
  8. Beltrami (96.30% covered)
  9. Washington (96.10% covered)
  10. Cook (94.50% covered)

And the bottom 10 ranking counties:

  1. Otter Tail (2.36% covered)
  2. Kandiyohi (10.64% covered)
  3. Becker (12.95% covered)
  4. Mahnomen (13.53% covered)
  5. Blue Earth (14.13% covered)
  6. Aitkin (17.55% covered)
  7. Todd (17.58% covered)
  8. Norman (20.55% covered)
  9. Mower (23.31% covered)
  10. Pope (23.67% covered)

Given these lists – all things being equal – where are you going to move, start a business or invest?

Clearly some counties are in good shape and some need a good kick start. But what is interesting is the swing between top and bottom – from 99.93 percent covered to 2.36. I think it’s worth nothing that Rock County – the top county was a recent recipient of a Minnesota broadband grant. And congrats to them for edging out the metro counties.

Many people seem focused on the 2022 speeds goals (25/3) but I think these are the ones to look at if you want to be ready for the future. There’s only one county that is on the lowest ranking list for both speeds of 25/3 and 100/20 (Aitkin). Being prepared for 2022 may give some counties a false sense of security for the future.

I’m going to include a table with the full list – but that rarely transfers well to the website – you can download the Excel file too.

County Percentage Households Served Ranking
Rock 99.93 1
Ramsey 99.82 2
Hennepin 98.97 3
Big Stone 98.91 4
Anoka 97.86 5
Lac qui Parle 97.35 6
Stevens 96.74 7
Beltrami 96.30 8
Washington 96.10 9
Cook 94.50 10
Lake 94.30 11
Pennington 90.75 12
Clearwater 89.30 13
Scott 88.61 14
Winona 86.31 15
Polk 85.39 16
Carver 85.09 17
Red Lake 83.17 18
Clay 82.52 19
Wilkin 82.08 20
Wright 80.61 21
Pipestone 79.73 22
Itasca 79.44 23
Nobles 77.18 24
Waseca 75.06 25
Dodge 74.59 26
Brown 73.76 27
Koochiching 73.44 28
Lyon 72.77 29
Kittson 71.38 30
Le Sueur 70.65 31
Chisago 69.53 32
Jackson 68.79 33
Watonwan 68.42 34
Roseau 67.30 35
Sherburne 67.11 36
Houston 66.63 37
Cottonwood 66.34 38
Wabasha 66.17 39
Dakota 64.89 40
Swift 64.15 41
Sibley 62.84 42
McLeod 58.57 43
Carlton 58.22 44
Isanti 56.62 45
Steele 56.16 46
Goodhue 55.99 47
Martin 54.80 48
Mille Lacs 54.42 49
Renville 51.78 50
Murray 50.78 51
Lake of the Woods 50.47 52
Wadena 49.91 53
Marshall 48.20 54
Hubbard 46.61 55
Traverse 45.62 56
Meeker 45.08 57
Fillmore 44.19 58
Morrison 42.74 59
Faribault 42.28 60
Crow Wing 41.66 61
Olmsted 41.29 62
St. Louis 41.20 63
Stearns 40.17 64
Grant 39.93 65
Lincoln 39.21 66
Kanabec 38.54 67
Pine 38.18 68
Yellow Medicine 37.72 69
Cass 35.92 70
Freeborn 34.18 71
Redwood 33.56 72
Nicollet 33.29 73
Rice 32.63 74
Benton 25.83 75
Douglas 25.56 76
Chippewa 24.80 77
Pope 23.67 78
Mower 23.31 79
Norman 20.55 80
Todd 17.58 81
Aitkin 17.55 82
Blue Earth 14.13 83
Mahnomen 13.53 84
Becker 12.95 85
Kandiyohi 10.64 86
Otter Tail 2.36 87
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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.

One thought on “Minnesota Broadband County Ranking for speeds of 100/20 for 2018

  1. Garbage in, garbage out. These maps and figures are based upon “provider reported service” which in no way matches ground-truth for broadband service provided throughout greater Minnesota. I applaud Blandin’s efforts to spread rural broadband but the very data you are using as a starting point does not match reality. The problem is much worse than it appears.

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