Nearly 25 years after the birth of the world wide web, most Americans have computers and internet access, but the nation remains a patchwork of connectivity, with some metro areas full of high-speed connections and other areas much less plugged in.

Overall, 84% of U.S. households own a computer, and 73% have a computer with a broadband connection to the internet. 

Among the regions where the highest share of households have broadband connections are relatively small but college-heavy metro areas such as:

  • Boulder (85%)
  • Lawrence, Kan. (83%)
  • State College, Pa. (81%)

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In light of our recent findings, you might be wondering how we actually define and calculate broadband adoption. We explain. http://pewrsr.ch/1dqgZ6S

In light of our recent findings, you might be wondering how we actually define and calculate broadband adoption. We explain. http://pewrsr.ch/1dqgZ6S

Brand new data out today.

Did you know: 3% of Americans still connect to the internet at home via dial-up. 

Our December 2012 survey shows that 65% of Americans have broadband connections at home. In June 2000, when about half of adults were online, only 3% of American households had broadband. Now, the tables have turned.

Perhaps they just find the sound soothing. http://pewrsr.ch/18IYQvT

Internet Use and Home Broadband Connections: Demographic breakdown
According to our April 2012 survey, 82% of American adults use the internet and 66% have a high-speed broadband connection at home. Here’s a closer look at internet use versus broadband use by various demographic groups.

Internet Use and Home Broadband Connections: Demographic breakdown

According to our April 2012 survey, 82% of American adults use the internet and 66% have a high-speed broadband connection at home. Here’s a closer look at internet use versus broadband use by various demographic groups.

Chart of the week: Broadband and dial-up adoption, over time
Our latest survey shows that 66% of Americans have braoadband connections at home. In February 2001, when about half of adults were online, only 4% of American households had broadband access.

Chart of the week: Broadband and dial-up adoption, over time

Our latest survey shows that 66% of Americans have braoadband connections at home. In February 2001, when about half of adults were online, only 4% of American households had broadband access.

Today, we’ve got a new report out that shows while increased internet adoption and the rise of mobile connectivity have reduced many gaps in technology access over the past decade, differences in internet access still exist among different demographic groups, especially when it comes to access to high-speed broadband at home. Among the findings:

  • One in five American adults does not use the internet
  • Among adults who do not use the internet, almost half have told us that the main reason they don’t go online is because they don’t think the internet is relevant to them
  • The 27% of adults living with disability in the U.S. today are significantly less likely than adults without a disability to go online (54% vs. 81%). Furthermore, 2% of adults have a disability or illness that makes it more difficult or impossible for them to use the internet at all
  • Though overall internet adoption rates have leveled off, adults who are already online are doing more

Internet access is no longer synonymous with going online with a desktop computer:

  • Currently, 88% of American adults have a cell phone, 57% have a laptop, 19% own an e-book reader, and 19% have a tablet computer; about six in ten adults (63%) go online wirelessly with one of those devices. 
  • Groups that have traditionally been on the other side of the digital divide in basic internet access are using wireless connections to go online

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