One percent of Internet users in the country still use a dialup connection.
For most of the country, computer usage and high-speed Internet connections are standard fare, but there are still sections of the country and certain segments of the population who do not have those technologies.
According to a just-issued report from the U.S. Census Bureau as part of its American Community Survey, only 78 percent of U.S. households had a high-speed Internet connection in 2013. In some segments of the population and some areas of the country, the divide was significant.
Boulder, Colo., had one of the highest rates of high-speed Internet use at 96.9 percent, while Laredo, Texas, had one of the lowest at 69.3 percent.
“As the Census Bureau continues to move more surveys online to reduce respondent burden, these statistics inform us of areas that have high and low Internet use,’’ said Census Bureau Director John H. Thompson. “These statistics also provide the information communities and federal agencies need to make decisions to improve and expand broadband Internet access for all Americans.”
According to the survey, 75.2 percent of metropolitan area households use high-speed Internet, while only 63.1 percent of households outside of metropolitan areas have that service. In terms of computer use, 85.1 percent of metropolitan households own one, while only 76.5 percent of non-metro households do.
The states of California, Florida and Washington reported the highest degree of difference between high-usage areas and low-usage areas. In fact, in northern California, the San Francisco Bay Area, including Napa to the north and San Jose to the south, had one of the highest rates of both Internet use and computer ownership, while nearby Central Valley, including Bakersfield and Fresno, had some of the lowest levels in the state.
The segments of high computer ownership and Internet usage included relatively young homeowners, Asian and white households, and so-called “educated” households, where one resident has a college degree.
The survey also determined the kinds of Internet connection used and found 42.8 percent use a cable modem, 33 percent use mobile broadband, 21 percent use a digital subscriber line (DSL) and 1 percent of all households still connect to the Internet using dial-up connection.
Kent McDill is a staff writer for Millionaire Corner. McDill spent 30 years as a sports writer, working for United Press International and the Daily Herald of Arlington Heights, Ill. From 1988-1999, he covered the Chicago Bulls for the Daily Herald, traveling with them every day through the nine-month season. He also covered the Bulls for UPI from 1985-88, and currently covers the team for www.nba.com. He has written two books on the Bulls, including the new title “100 Things Bulls Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die’, published by Triumph Books. In August 2013, his new book “100 Things Bears Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die” gets published.
In 2008, he resigned from the Herald and became a freelance writer. The Herald hired him to write business features and speeches for the Daily Herald Business Conferences and Awards presentations.
McDill also writes a monthly parenting column for the Herald’s Suburban Parent magazine.
McDill is the father of four children, and an active fan of soccer, Jimmy Buffett and all things Disney.