2020 MN Broadband County Ranking for 25/3 speeds – how do you rank?

The new MN County broadband maps are now up on the Office of Broadband Development websites- show percentage of each county with (and without) broadband access. It’s always interesting to use the new maps to see how the counties rank. Who is in the best shape in the short and long term? In this post I look at how counties rank when looking at access to 25 Mbps down and 3 up, which is the MN speed goal for 2022. (I will do another post that looks at 2026 goals of 100 Mbps down and 20 up and one on Gig access.) And I will compare to 2019 ranking.

Top 10 MN Counties for Speeds of 25/3

  1. Red Lake 99.99
  2. Rock 99.93
  3. Ramsey 99.86
  4. Clearwater 99.74
  5. Lac qui Parle 99.57
  6. Swift 99.54
  7. Beltrami 99.49
  8. Big Stone 99.48
  9. Hennepin 99.40
  10. Stevens 99.22

Great to see the top 10 with more than 99 percent coverage. The counties in bold were on this same list last year. Congrats to LqP for joining the list; it wasn’t much of a climb for them but nice all the same.

Bottom 10 MN Counties for Speeds of 25/3 (starting with worst)

  1. Redwood 44.59
  2. Todd 53.73
  3. Lake of the Woods 57.91
  4. Yellow Medicine 59.83
  5. Pine 60.24
  6. Kanabec 60.75
  7. Lincoln 60.91
  8. Fillmore 61.52
  9. Meeker 62.46
  10. Aitkin 63.62

Again the counties in bold were on this list last year. Both Redwood and Todd were listed at having greater coverage last year. I will dive into that when I look at County Profiles but it seems like perhaps providers are looking in greater granularity at the coverage this year or maybe updates were made to maps based on challenges from last year.

I want to cheer the counties who got off the bottom 10 list:

  • Marshall from 82 to 74
  • Murray from 81 to 78
  • Renville from 79 to 76
  • Martin from 78 to 38!!

You can download the full spreadsheet of MN county details or check out the table below. (I know the table will not transfer well to the website BUT it will be searchable.)

County Household Density Number of Households Served Households Unserved Households Percentage Households Served
Aitkin 3.7 7,299 4,644 2,655 63.62
Anoka 271.7 121,227 119,489 1,738 98.57
Becker 9.2 13,224 10,445 2,779 78.99
Beltrami 5.5 16,846 16,760 86 99.49
Benton 36.5 15,079 13,880 1,199 92.05
Big Stone 4.3 2,293 2,281 12 99.48
Blue Earth 31.9 24,445 20,867 3,578 85.36
Brown 17.4 10,782 9,021 1,761 83.67
Carlton 15.5 13,538 10,176 3,362 75.17
Carver 87.4 32,891 30,830 2,061 93.73
Cass 4.9 11,948 10,099 1,849 84.53
Chippewa 8.9 5,241 4,467 774 85.23
Chisago 44.0 19,470 16,420 3,050 84.34
Clay 21.2 22,279 20,121 2,158 90.31
Clearwater 3.4 3,527 3,518 9 99.74
Cook 0.7 2,494 2,357 137 94.50
Cottonwood 7.5 4,857 3,536 1,321 72.79
Crow Wing 22.5 26,033 23,587 2,446 90.61
Dakota 258.9 152,060 149,492 2,568 98.31
Dodge 16.9 7,460 6,268 1,192 84.02
Douglas 21.2 15,289 12,787 2,502 83.63
Faribault 8.6 6,236 5,763 473 92.42
Fillmore 9.9 8,545 5,257 3,288 61.52
Freeborn 18.2 13,177 11,588 1,589 87.94
Goodhue 24.0 18,730 15,715 3,015 83.90
Grant 4.5 2,601 2,295 306 88.22
Hennepin 784.3 475,913 473,046 2,867 99.40
Houston 13.8 7,849 6,051 1,798 77.10
Hubbard 8.7 8,661 7,922 739 91.47
Isanti 30.9 13,972 10,727 3,245 76.77
Itasca 6.4 18,773 16,459 2,314 87.67
Jackson 6.1 4,429 3,102 1,327 70.05
Kanabec 12.0 6,413 3,896 2,517 60.75
Kandiyohi 19.4 16,732 14,886 1,846 88.97
Kittson 1.8 1,986 1,591 395 80.11
Koochiching 1.9 5,874 4,792 1,082 81.57
Lac qui Parle 4.1 3,155 3,141 14 99.57
Lake 1.6 4,825 4,528 297 93.85
Lake of the Woods 1.0 1,784 1,033 751 57.91
Le Sueur 22.7 10,758 8,655 2,103 80.45
Lincoln 4.7 2,574 1,568 1,006 60.91
Lyon 14.2 10,227 8,777 1,450 85.82
McLeod 28.9 14,639 11,942 2,697 81.58
Mahnomen 3.5 2,019 1,722 297 85.30
Marshall 2.2 3,981 2,859 1,122 71.81
Martin 12.4 9,035 7,889 1,146 87.32
Meeker 14.2 9,176 5,732 3,444 62.46
Mille Lacs 14.9 10,166 8,860 1,306 87.15
Morrison 11.3 13,080 9,860 3,220 75.39
Mower 22.2 15,828 12,843 2,985 81.14
Murray 5.2 3,717 2,424 1,293 65.20
Nicollet 26.1 12,201 10,208 1,993 83.67
Nobles 11.0 7,946 6,638 1,308 83.54
Norman 3.3 2,863 1,908 955 66.63
Olmsted 87.0 57,080 54,650 2,430 95.74
Otter Tail 10.8 24,055 18,046 6,009 75.02
Pennington 9.4 5,836 5,750 86 98.53
Pine 7.9 11,373 6,851 4,522 60.24
Pipestone 8.7 4,054 3,364 690 82.97
Polk 6.4 12,704 11,826 878 93.09
Pope 6.6 4,736 3,827 909 80.81
Ramsey 1191.3 202,691 202,398 293 99.86
Red Lake 4.0 1,737 1,737 0 99.99
Redwood 7.5 6,580 2,934 3,646 44.59
Renville 6.6 6,564 4,447 2,117 67.74
Rice 43.2 22,315 20,919 1,396 93.75
Rock 8.1 3,918 3,915 3 99.93
Roseau 3.7 6,300 5,161 1,139 81.92
St. Louis 12.4 84,783 73,523 11,260 86.72
Scott 122.4 45,108 43,811 1,297 97.13
Sherburne 67.0 30,212 25,046 5,166 82.90
Sibley 10.0 6,034 4,482 1,552 74.29
Stearns 40.5 56,232 49,505 6,727 88.04
Steele 33.1 14,330 12,652 1,678 88.29
Stevens 6.5 3,726 3,697 29 99.22
Swift 5.6 4,236 4,216 20 99.54
Todd 10.0 9,756 5,242 4,514 53.73
Traverse 2.6 1,524 1,025 499 67.25
Wabasha 16.0 8,822 6,878 1,944 77.96
Wadena 10.5 5,705 5,450 255 95.53
Waseca 16.8 7,281 6,110 1,171 83.92
Washington 207.8 87,859 86,499 1,360 98.45
Watonwan 10.3 4,520 3,585 935 79.32
Wilkin 3.6 2,690 2,235 455 83.10
Winona 30.4 19,554 17,224 2,330 88.09
Wright 62.2 44,473 39,889 4,584 89.69
Yellow Medicine 5.6 4,292 2,568 1,724 59.83
Source: Connected Nation, Apr. 2020.

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