2021 MN Broadband County Ranking for speeds of 100/20 – how do you rank?

The 2021 MN County broadband maps are up on the Office of Broadband Development websites, showing percentage of each county with (and without) broadband access. Now I’m looking at the maps that reflects county access to wirelines broadband at speeds of 100 Mbps down and 20 Mbps up as of April 1, 2021. This is the speed goal for Minnesota for 2026. I’ll paste the full list below, but it might be easier to access the spreadsheet of the new speeds and ranking or spreadsheet of ranking over the last three years. (I’ll work on the 25/3 map next.)

Here are the Top 10 Counties (with percentage of coverage)

  1. Rock – 99.93
  2. Ramsey – 99.84
  3. Lac qui Parle – 99.83
  4. Clearwater – 99.59
  5. Swift – 99.5
  6. Beltrami – 99.25
  7. Lincoln – 99.03
  8. Hennepin – 98.98
  9. Big Stone – 98.6
  10. Pennington – 98.19

The top three are the same as last year. Congrats to them. Clearwater and Lincoln are the newest additions to the Top 10. Clearwater went from #22 to #4; Lincoln wen from #83 to #7. Very big congrats to them!! It’s worth noting that the top 26 ranked counties all have greater than 90 percent coverage.

Bottom 10 MN Counties for Speeds of 100/20 (starting with worst with percentage of coverage)

  1. Kanabec – 26.24 (rank 87)
  2. Pine – 39.89 (rank 86)
  3. Redwood – 40.04 (rank 85)
  4. Faribault – 43.95 (rank 84)
  5. Yellow Medicine – 48.81 (rank 83)
  6. Todd – 49.93 (rank 82)
  7. Isanti – 50.21 (rank 81)
  8. Traverse – 50.97 (rank 80)
  9. Carlton – 52.08 (rank 79)
  10. Aitkin – 52.96 (rank 78)

There’s been some moving around within the list but most of these counties are familiar with their standing at the bottom. Unfortunately Carlton is the latest addition; they replaced Lincoln County.

county coverage 100/20 ranking
Aitkin 52.96 78
Anoka 97.41 12
Becker 73.41 57
Beltrami 99.25 6
Benton 90.25 24
Big Stone 98.6 9
Blue Earth 80.76 40
Brown 75.99 50
Carlton 52.08 79
Carver 90.2 25
Cass 64.02 71
Chippewa 82.67 37
Chisago 73.34 58
Clay 89.08 26
Clearwater 99.59 4
Cook 94.5 16
Cottonwood 67.2 66
Crow Wing 86.38 30
Dakota 97.57 11
Dodge 80.62 41
Douglas 72.89 59
Faribault 43.95 84
Fillmore 56.36 75
Freeborn 85.89 32
Goodhue 76.09 48
Grant 71.99 61
Hennepin 98.98 8
Houston 75.26 51
Hubbard 91.71 21
Isanti 50.21 81
Itasca 86.65 29
Jackson 68.84 65
Kanabec 26.24 87
Kandiyohi 74.82 53
Kittson 80.13 42
Koochiching 72.85 60
Lac qui Parle 99.83 3
Lake 93.32 19
Lake of the Woods 74.31 55
Le Sueur 76 49
Lincoln 99.03 7
Lyon 82.31 38
Mahnomen 71.73 62
Marshall 77.39 46
Martin 66.71 68
McLeod 58.09 74
Meeker 60.51 72
Mille Lacs 60.1 73
Morrison 73.96 56
Mower 84.95 35
Murray 54.37 77
Nicollet 78.49 45
Nobles 81.24 39
Norman 55 76
Olmsted 93.9 17
Otter Tail 67.02 67
Pennington 98.19 10
Pine 39.89 86
Pipestone 80.11 43
Polk 91.72 20
Pope 74.48 54
Ramsey 99.84 2
Red Lake 93.85 18
Redwood 40.04 85
Renville 70.86 63
Rice 85.58 33
Rock 99.93 1
Roseau 85.23 34
Scott 91.02 22
Sherburne 90.69 23
Sibley 65.29 70
St. Louis 79.49 44
Stearns 84.71 36
Steele 88.95 27
Stevens 96.79 14
Swift 99.5 5
Todd 49.93 82
Traverse 50.97 80
Wabasha 66.67 69
Wadena 97.29 13
Waseca 75.02 52
Washington 96.02 15
Watonwan 69.25 64
Wilkin 77.06 47
Winona 87.59 28
Wright 86.15 31
Yellow Medicine 48.81 83
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About Ann Treacy

Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (blandinonbroadband.org), hosts a radio show on MN music (mostlyminnesota.com), supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota (elimstrongtowershelters.org) and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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