Kittson County Digital Equity Profile – ranked 67

Every year, the Blandin on Broadband blog does County Broadband Profiles (and will do again when the new maps come out) but given federal opportunities are making it possible to get funding for access and adoption, I thought I’d try to present information for counties to assess their digital equity standing (see table below) and give options for who to contact locally for more information.


Kittson County ranks 67 out of 87 counties for digital equity. The standout positive ranking for Kittson is their high school degree, where they rank 7th. The harder rankings relate directly to broadband access. They rank 74 for access to broadband at speeds of 100 Mbps down and 20 up; broadband subscriptions rank 85. It makes sense that the subscription rate would be lower when the connections aren’t as good. But the numbers indicate that access to broadband still needs to be a priority  in Kittson.

Scroll down for details and suggested resources for more information.

Blandin Foundation is using the Microsoft Digital Equity Tool to determine needs by county and make high level recommendations for next steps to consider based on the data. (With special thanks to Carter Grupp, Broadband Coordinator Broadband Coordinator at American Connection Project for Otter Tail County.) Visit the tool if you want to look up more statistics on your community.

Demographic Data and Ranking (out of 87)

Kittson County Ranking
Access to 100/20 74
No bachelors 23
No HS degree 7
Below 150% poverty (last 12 months) 38
Below poverty (last 12 months) 53
Disability 42
No computer 55
No broadband access 67
No subscription 85
Overall average 67

The map below shows digital inequity by census tract. The bluer the better; yellow and orange colors indicate more inequity. This map can be helpful in figuring out which parts of your county need the most help.

So where do you go to talk to people in the county about digit equity plans? Good places to start include:



Regional Development Commission

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About Ann Treacy

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

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