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September 19, 2001
Census Statistics
Last year 42% of all U.S. households had at least one member who used the Internet at home

As most everyone knows, computer and Internet use has skyrocketed over the last five years. This month, the U.S. Census Bureau released a report about computer and Internet use among American households. The survey was taken in August 2000 and the results are as follows.

The basics:

  • 54 million households, or 51% of all U.S. households, had one or more computers.
  • 44 million households, or 42%, had at least one member who used the Internet at home.
  • More than four out of five households with computers had at least one member who used the Internet at home.
  • 37% of all adults used the Internet at home.
High-income households, highly educated adults and married-couple households are most likely to have a computer and Internet access:
  • 88% of households with incomes of $75,000 or more during the 12 months prior to the survey had at least one computer. Seventy-nine percent had at least one household member who used the Internet at home.
  • Only 28% of households with incomes below $25,000 had a computer and 19% had Internet access.
  • 78% of adults with a bachelor's degree or higher had a computer at home and 62% used the Internet at home.
  • 46% of adults with a high-school diploma had a computer at home and 26% used the Internet at home.
  • 64% of married-couple households had a computer and 53% had Internet access.
  • Only 30% of one-person households had a computer and 24% had Internet access.
  • Two-thirds of households with school-age children had a computer and 53% had Internet access.
Computer and Internet usage varies by geographic location:
  • Households in metropolitan areas, but outside central cities, were most likely to have a computer (58%) and use the Internet (48%).
  • 46% of households in central cities had computers and 38% used the Internet.
  • 42% of non-metropolitan households had computers and 32% used the Internet.
  • Households in the West were most likely to have computer and Internet access (57% and 47% respectively).
  • Households in the South were the least likely to have computers and Internet access (47% and 38% respectively).
The Census Bureau's report also included information about how Americans use the Internet. According to the report, 87.7% of Internet users used e-mail, 64.2% did information searches, 52.5% checked news, weather or sports online and 39.8% shopped or paid bills online.

- by Julia M. Duncan