Oct 2021 MN County Ranking at speeds of 100/20. How does your county rank?

The Office of Broadband Development has released the county broadband maps and numbers; the data was collected by October 2021. For archival reasons, I’ll do three different posting looking at:

The speed goal for 2026 is ubiquitous access to speeds of 100 Mbps down and 20 up. Rankings are posted below but also available as a spreadsheet.

Top 10 Counties include: 

County percent Ranking last year ranking
Rock 99.93 1 1
Lac qui Parle 99.83 2 3
Ramsey 99.74 3 2
Clearwater 99.59 4 4
Beltrami 99.24 5 6
Lincoln 99.03 6 7
Hennepin 98.51 7 8
Pennington 98.19 8 10
Big Stone 98.05 9 9
Swift 97.45 10 5

As you can see the competition is holding it’s own. There’s some movement within the top 10 as a few gain incremental increases but they hold down the fort. Rock County is still at top! And while I live in Ramsey myself, I’m pleased to see a more rural county eke in for number two spot.

Bottom 10 Counties include:

County percent Ranking last year ranking
Murray 54.37 78 77
Aitkin 52.77 79 78
Carlton 52.04 80 79
Traverse 50.97 81 80
Isanti 50.43 82 81
Todd 48.38 83 82
Yellow Medicine 48.07 84 83
Redwood 45.21 85 85
Pine 39.72 86 86
Kanabec 25.81 87 87

Again this is very little change. Except for Faribault; percentage of access in Faribault went from 43.95 (rank 84) to 65.51 (rank 72). Congrats to them! That left one space one for Murray County, they dropped from 77 to 78 this year.

Big Changers

The Most Improved award this year goes to McLeod. They went from 58.09 (rank 74) to 77.65 (rank 49). Brown County moved up 16 spots and Houston moved up 15. I’m saddened to see Le Sueur and Kandiyohi Counties lose ground. Le Sueur went from 76 percent (rank 49) to 71.32 (rank 62) as a result of new data reported by MetroNet (that differed from what Jaguar had previously reported).

Kandiyohi went from 74.82 (rank 53) to 69.86 (rank 66). This reflects a change from census block data to more granular data from Charter/Spectrum. So they counties haven’t lost ground, there’s just been some correction happening. Other counties may have also seen changes due to the more granular reporting from CenturyLink and Charter/Spectrum.


County percent Ranking
Rock 99.93 1
Lac qui Parle 99.83 2
Ramsey 99.74 3
Clearwater 99.59 4
Beltrami 99.24 5
Lincoln 99.03 6
Hennepin 98.51 7
Pennington 98.19 8
Big Stone 98.05 9
Swift 97.45 10
Anoka 96.92 11
Dakota 96.89 12
Stevens 96.79 13
Wadena 95.7 14
Cook 94.5 15
Washington 94.28 16
Red Lake 93.85 17
Lake 93.32 18
Olmsted 92.98 19
Scott 91.92 20
Polk 91.71 21
Carver 91.16 22
Hubbard 90.85 23
Clay 88.83 24
Benton 88.66 25
Sherburne 88.12 26
Steele 87.77 27
Itasca 86.65 28
Freeborn 85.6 29
Roseau 85.23 30
Winona 85.13 31
Crow Wing 84.24 32
Rice 84.06 33
Brown 83.27 34
Stearns 83.22 35
Houston 83.16 36
Mower 82.47 37
Wright 81.79 38
Lyon 81.45 39
Nobles 81.24 40
Dodge 80.59 41
Chippewa 80.27 42
Kittson 80.13 43
Pipestone 80.11 44
Blue Earth 79.01 45
St. Louis 78.28 46
Nicollet 78.07 47
Goodhue 77.84 48
McLeod 77.65 49
Marshall 77.39 50
Wilkin 76.73 51
Lake of the Woods 74.31 52
Pope 74 53
Becker 73.6 54
Waseca 73.55 55
Koochiching 72.85 56
Chisago 72.55 57
Morrison 72.47 58
Grant 71.99 59
Douglas 71.94 60
Mahnomen 71.73 61
Le Sueur 71.32 62
Renville 71.01 63
Meeker 70.73 64
Wabasha 70.35 65
Kandiyohi 69.86 66
Watonwan 69.78 67
Jackson 68.84 68
Otter Tail 67.6 69
Cottonwood 67.44 70
Martin 66.66 71
Faribault 65.51 72
Sibley 63.8 73
Cass 61.04 74
Mille Lacs 60.44 75
Fillmore 56.36 76
Norman 55 77
Murray 54.37 78
Aiktin 52.77 79
Carlton 52.04 80
Traverse 50.97 81
Isanti 50.43 82
Todd 48.38 83
Yellow Medicine 48.07 84
Redwood 45.21 85
Pine 39.72 86
Kanabec 25.81 87

Source: Connected Nation, Oct. 2021.

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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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