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New Data Ranks Internet Usage by State – Where Does Your State Stand?
Posted July 19, 2012
By Chris McGovern

Earlier this week, the U.S. Census Bureau released new data on computer and Internet use from the 2010 Census.  Nationally, nearly 70.3 million Americans (or about 24.1%) didn’t subscribe to home Internet service in 2010, according to this report.  This includes more than 13 million children age 3-17.

Nationally, 75.9% of households subscribe to home Internet service.  New Hampshire tops the 50 states and the District of Columbia, with 86.2% of residents subscribing to home Internet service.  Utah follows closely behind with 85.5% of residents, with the states of Washington (83.6%), Massachusetts (83.4%), and Connecticut (83.0%) rounding out the top five.  Among the states served by Connected Nation, Alaska had the largest share of residents with home Internet service, followed by Nevada and Minnesota. 

These figures are similar to data collected through these states’ 2011 Residential Technology Assessments.   An important distinction is that the U.S. Census reports the share of residents who live in homes with Internet access, which can include either dial-up or broadband service.

Do these rankings surprise you?  Did you expect your state’s Internet adoption rate to be higher (or lower) than the Census reported?  Let us know how you feel in the comments below, and follow us on Facebook or Twitter to stay up to date on the latest news on technology adoption and usage. 

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